This past weekend we saw WBA Light Flyweight "Super" champion Hiroto Kyoguchi (16-0, 11) [京口 紘人] record his latest win, as he stopped "regular" champion Esteban Bermudez (14-4-2, 10) to unify the Super and Regular titles. The fighter arrived back in Japan earlier today (June 13th) and had the chance to talk to the media about the bout and his future.
Regardinv the bout, he explained that the altitude for the contest, around 1500-1600M lad to conditions which were "more stuffy and harder than expected". He also stated that he "can understand why he was deducted 2 points in the fight in Mexico" before adding that he was able to "embody the image of Roman Gonzalez", a fighter Kyoguchi has often admitted to being a fan of.
As for the future, it appears that Matchroom has offered Kyoguchi a much wanted unification bout, with a contest against WBO champion Jonathan Gonzalez (25-3-1-1, 14) being offered to him for the September 17th in Las Vegas, on the under-card of Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (57-2-2, 39) Vs Gennady Golovkin (42-1-1, 37) [Геннадий Геннадьевич Головкин] III. Though Gonzalez will need to over-come Filipino challenger Mark Anthony Barriga (11-1, 2) on June 24th for that bout to go ahead.
Whilst a Kyoguchi Vs Gonzalez bout would be a fantastic match up, and see the division getting it's first real unification bout since 2017, when Kyoguchi's former stablemate Ryocihi Taguchi beat Milan Melindo, there will be some disappointment at the fact Kyoguchi won't be facing WBC champion, and fellow Japanese fighter, Kenshiro Teraji (19-1, 11) [寺地 拳四朗], with that bout being one fans of the the lower weights have longed for for several years now.
Earlier today it was announced that we would see Kazakh legend Gennady Golovkin (42-1-1, 37) [Геннадий Геннадьевич Головкин] get a third bout with Mexican Icon Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (57-2-2, 39), in a bout for the undisputed Super Middleweight throne.
The full details regarding the bout weren't revealed, but what is known is that the bout will be taking place in the US, live on DAZN PPV, and will see Golovkin moving up in weight to Super Middleweight, in what will be his first bout at the weight. It will also see Canelo coming back down in weight, following his recent loss to Dmitrii Bivol.
The bout will be the third meeting between the two men who have given us two instant classics. The first of those was their controversial 2017 draw, which many felt Golovkin won, whilst their second came in 2018, with Canelo taking a majority decision win.
Aged 40 this is likely to be one of, if not the, final bout of Golovkin's career, whilst the 32 year old Alvarez will that another loss here, so soon after losing to Bivol, would see his standing in the sport drop significantly, though he will also enter as the very clear favourite this time around.
Japanese sites report financial details of Golovkin Vs Murata, Murata's future unclear
Yesterday we saw a thrilling Middleweight unification bout as Kazakh icon Gennady Golovkin (42-1-1, 37) [Геннадий Геннадьевич Головкин] beat down Ryota Murata (16-3, 13) [村田 諒太] to unify the IBF and WBA "super" titles.
Since that bout took place there has been a lot of post fight coverage in Japan covering a lot of different aspects, including things like purses and Murata's future as well as speculation about potential injuries to Murata.
Regarding the money for the bout, it's now been widely reported that the purses of the two men was an estimated 2 Billion Yen, split 75-25 in favour of Golovkin. This means Got around $12,000,000 for the fight and Murata got around $5,000,000. That's as their estimate purses.
Alongside that both teams also got expenses. Murata's expenses weren't reported, though sources in Japan reveal that Golovkin's expenses came to around 40 million yen ($320,000) for a team of around 12. That team included coaches, laywers, chefs and photographers. That was spent on travel, with a number of his team in first class and others in business, as well as Teiken renting a full floor in a luxury hotel in the Akasaka district of Tokyo.
It's worth noting that Japanese promoter Ichitaro Ishii stated that 40 million yen is what he and his team would put aside to put on a Lightweight world title fight. Or to put it another way Probellum won the purse bid to host John Riel Casimero Vs Paul Butler with a big of $105,000.
On the subject of Japanese promoters, Issei Nakaya, from Hachioji Nakaya Gym, stated that his fighter Makoto Fuchigami made around 5 million Yen (around $40,000) for facing Golovkin in 2012. For that bout Nakaya estimated that Golovkin got between 10 million and 20 million Yen. If he's right, and there's little reason to doubt him, it really does show how much of a draw Golovkin has become in the last 10 years, and how his break into the US market has really made him a global star.
It was also noted that Murata's main sparring partners, both from Mexico, were an issue. Teiken were constantly in touch with immigration services in Japan, to allow the partners to stay in and let Murata train with them, extending their stay well beyodn the originally planned date of the bout, back in December.
As for Murata he has given interviews with Japanese media since the loss, and despite some speculation of him suffering a broken jaw, it does appear he managed to avoid any such injuries. He looked swollen and bruised in pictures, but there was no talk of any major injuries at all. Saying that however he did explain that he was in pain in his neck, shoulders and chin, and that drinking coffee was hurting his mouth.
He stated that he returned to his hotel after the bout, but struggled to sleep, only getting around 4 hours of sleep, and hadn't seen the bout back. He added that there was a "sense of relief that I was able to get out of the ring safely". He has also thanked Mr Honda, of Teiken promotions, along with Sendai Tanaka, and those at the Teiken Gym, along with his family. As for the future, he didn't really have much of an answer, stating that he would rest and think about things before making a decision as to whether to continue to fight or not.
After months of waiting, postponements and more waiting we are finally on the verge of the Middleweight super fight between IBF Middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (41-1-1, 36) [Геннадий Геннадьевич Головкин] and WBA "Super" Middleweight champion Ryota Murata (16-2, 13) [村田 諒太], who will clash tomorrow at the Saitama Super Arena, in a major unification bout.
At the weigh in, both men came in bang on the 160lb limit and both looked in great shape, with a sense of both seriousness and respect across their faces.
On the scales Golovkin looked in great shape, despite the fact he's now 40 years old. He looked ripped and like a man in his prime physical condition for a fight he's taking incredibly seriously, even if the bookies and others see it as a foregone conclusion.
As for Murata he looked somewhat less cut than Golovkin, and even a touch fleshy. Compared to his rival he didn't look in peak physical condition, though he certainly didn't look bad as such and he has never been the uber-ripped looking type of fighter.
After the two men made weight they took part in a 20 second stare down, with Murata keeping an incredibly serious look, until smiling afterwards, as the respect between the two men showed.
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Golovkin arrives in Japan
On April 9th we'll see a major Middleweight unification bout, as IBF Middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (41-1-1, 36) [Геннадий Геннадьевич Головкин] clashes with WBA "Super" Middleweight champion Ryota Murata (16-2, 13) [村田 諒太]. Today, ahead of that clash, Golovkin arrived in Japan, landing at the Haneda Airport, from America.
The once beaten Kazakh fighter gave comments to the media after arriving in Japan, and state that he was happy, he was in good physical condition, and relieved to finally be in Japan after the issues with this bout.
The bout between the two men was originally scheduled for last December, before it was postponed due to the the emergence of the Omicron variant of Covid19. The postponement saw the bout being delayed, and delayed again, resulting in both men having something of a stop-start training camp for the bout.
As well as explaining that he was in great shape Golovkin also spoke highly of Murata, explaining:
"Murata is an Olympic gold medalist and has been a world champion twice. There must be good reason for that. He's a great fighter. I have a lot of respect for what he's done and his talent.
As he is such a player, the day of the upcoming match should be an exciting night for the fans and for him and himself. My focus is to do everything I've practiced in the camp perfectly and in perfect shape. He wants you to see what kind of match he will play with him. "
He also added "I think Murata is a very smart and strong player. I think he's done some tough and hard training, so I think he's a dangerous opponent."
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