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.
At the very end of this month we'll see Naoya Inoue (19-0, 16) [井上 尚弥] defending his WBA "Super" and IBF Bantamweight titles against Australian challenger Jason Moloney (21-1, 18) in Las Vegas. Today, ahead of that bout, Hideyuki Ohashi, the Chairman of the Ohashi Gym, took part in an online interview on Inoue's behalf.
Ohashi revealed that his star fighter is currently sparring 4 or 5 rounds a day and that he was improving, stating "The development of techniques such as footwork and steps to the side is remarkable,". Ohashi also stated that Inoue hasn't lost any motivation, despite the way 2020 has gone and the cancellation of his planned bout with WBO champion John Riel Casimero.
One of the big talking points from Ohashi's comments wasn't how Inoue is training, but how much he is being paid, with Ohashi stating that his man would get $1,000,000. He even stated that that was more than expected, explaining, "I thought it was unavoidable that the opponent changed and it would be 30% to 50% down in the unattended game, but it is as it is" . Ohashi revealed that Inoue is getting that same amount that he was going to get for a bout with Casimero.
Interestingly Naoya won't be the only member of the family travelling from Japan to the US. Among other members of the Inoue family travelling is former fighter, and Naoya's cousin, Koki Inoue, with the plan being to try and keep a comfortable environment in the US, just as they'd have had in Japan.
As for sparring that has proven trickier than usual, with no sparring partners being flown in, however he has been sparring with fighters from the Ohashi gym. This has included Taku Kuwahara (7-0, 4) [桑原拓], Ryo Matsumoto (24-3, 21) [松本亮] and Keisuke Matsumoto (1-0, 1) [松本圭佑]. From outside of the Ohashi Gym Inoue has sparred with former 2-time world title challenger Masayuki Kuroda (30-8-3, 16) [黒田雅之] and is also planning to spar with Japanese Youth Bantamweight champion Toshiya Ishii (3-0, 2) [石井渡士也] next week.
The hope is to still unify all 4 world titles in 2021, with the plan being to get ast Moloney and then have the long awaited bout with Casimero in the new year, then face the winner of the WBC title bout between Nordine Oubaali and Nonito Donaire, with Ohashi stating "Next year, we will unify the four groups. We intend to do so".
One final thing to add, is it's now confirmed that Inoue will leave Japan in October 18th, with the plan being to enter the MGM Grand a few days before the bout.
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