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.
Earlier today news broke from Japan that Japanese Welterweight champion Keita Obara's (25-4-1, 22) [小原 佳太] has had to pull out of his April 12th bout against former champion Yuki Nagano (19-3, 15) [永野祐樹].
The hard hitting Obara has reportedly suffered an injury to his right leg during training and been forced out of the bout at short notice.
Obara's team, the Misako Gym, have apologised to fans, Nagano and Teiken Gym, for the late withdrawal.
At the moment it's unclear whether the bout will be re-arranged for when Obara recover, or whether the men will be going in different directions. One thing that is known however, is that the show will still go ahead, headlined by a mouth watering clash between former Japanese Featherweight champion Ryo Sagawa (11-2, 6) [佐川遼] and former WBA Super Bantamweight world champion Shun Kubo (15-2, 10) [久保隼].
Back in October we reported that Rentaro Kimura (5-0, 3) [木村蓮太朗] would be to the ring for his next bout in December, scheduled contest against Jinki Maeda (8-0, 4) [前田 稔輝] at Korakuen Hall on December 9th. Sadly however that bout was cancelled earlier today when it was revealed Kimura had been injured in training, with the Misako gym reporting the injury.
Sadly the full details of the injury haven't been widely reported yet, neither has the expected recovery time for Kimura, though hopefully it won't be too much of a break for the talented youngster, who looks like he has the tools to be a major star for Japanese boxing.
The bout had been scheduled as the chief support bout for December's Diamond Glove show. That card will still go ahead, and will be headlined by a really good looking Japanese title bout, as Japanese Welterweight champion Keita Obara (24-4-1, 21) [小原 佳太] defends his belt against Masaya Tamayama (14-2, 8) [玉山 将也] in what should be a genuine barn burner. It is however a shame the mouth watering Kimura Vs Maeda bout is off.
Earlier today WBC and IBO female Super Featherweight champion champion Teri Harper (11-0-1, 6) announced that she has had to pull out of her scheduled May 15th bout with WBA champion Hyun Mi Choi (18-0-1, 4) [최현미] after refracturing her hand:
Harper fractured her hand last time out, when she stopped Katharina Thanderz back in November, and it seemed like things were fine following the injury. Sadly however it appears she had again done damage to the same hand.
We want to wish Harper a speedy recovery, though do worry a little bit about her long term career. Recurring hand injuries can become a genuine plague for fighters, as seen by the recurring injuries suffered by Joe Calzaghe and the lengthy breaks that saw Naoya Inoue have his rise to stardom delayed. Fingers crossed this is just a freak recurrence for Harper, and not a sign that her career is going to be plagued by on going issues.
As for Choi, we really hope that either this bout can be re-arranged for later in the year, or that she manages to get a worth while bout before the end of 2021, as she is certainly not getting any younger and has been horribly inactive in recent years, fighting just 3 times since the start of 2018.
Back in January we saw an announcement regarding a rematch between former IBF Super Bantamweight champion Yukinori Oguni (21-2-1, 8) [小國以載] and former world title challenger Shingo Wake (27-6-2, 19) [和氣 慎吾]. The bout was announced on January 22nd, during a live stream on Boxing Raise, and was set for April 28th at Korakuen Hall.
It instantly seemed like a brilliant match up and something to look forward to in April, a month that had very little on the schedule.
Sadly however that bout has now been cancelled, with Oguni suffering an injury in training, and will not be available for the April date.
At the moment it's unclear what the plan is, though it seems like Wake will face a replacement opponent, or the bout will be pushed back, and rescheduled for a later date, with a different main event being planned for the show. One thing that does seem clear is that the show it's self will not be cancelled, just this match up.
The bout was an anticipated one, given their history. Around 8 years ago the then unheralded Wake upset Oguni, the then unbeaten OPBF Super Bantamweight champion, and began his rise towards an eventual world title fight. Sadly for Wake his world title fight saw him being battered by hard hitting Dominican Jonathan Guzman, in a bout for the IBF title.
Oguni rebuilt from his loss to Wake, ended up claiming the Japanese title then shocked us all by dethroning Guzman in his first defense, just months after Guzman had battered Wake and literally broken his face. Oguni's reign was, however, a short one losing to Ryosuke Iwasa in his first defense.
At the time of writing it's unclear how serious Oguni's injury is, though we want to wish him a speedy and full recovery.
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