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Sport News Gennadiy Golovkin’s unification fight against Ryota Murata postponed as Japan closes borders to stop the spread of Omicron variant

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Gennadiy Golovkin’s unification fight with Ryota Murata has been postponed due to Japan’s closure of its borders in an attempt to stop the spread of the Omicron variant.

“GGG” was scheduled to face the Japanese fighter in a unification fight for the WBA and IBF middleweight world title on December 29 at Saitama Super Arena in Japan.

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GGG is the IBF Middleweight Champion

Sport News Gennadiy Golovkin’s unification fight against Ryota Murata postponed as Japan closes borders to stop the spread of Omicron variant

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Murata is the WBA middleweight champion

However, promoters Teiken said on Friday that the fight would be postponed to another date next spring, with Golovkin now unable to enter the country due to immigration rules.

The company announced, “All parties concerned will sit down to discuss and closely monitor the infection situation and consider a new date for the game.”

Murata is a major star in Japan having won Olympic gold in 2012. He is 16-2 as a professional and avenged his two losses with wins by stoppage.

And Golovkin admitted he was “deeply disappointed” with the report on a Twitter post.

Sport News Gennadiy Golovkin’s unification fight against Ryota Murata postponed as Japan closes borders to stop the spread of Omicron variant

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The very fight will be reorganized for next spring

“I am deeply disappointed that the fight in Japan has been postponed, but the health and safety of the public must always be the priority. I can’t wait to get back in the ring against Ryōta as soon as possible, ”the 39-year-old wrote.

Murata, however, will be even more devastated by his delay in the fight, having previously insisted he was waiting “his entire career” to fight the notorious Kazakh middleweight.

“I think my entire career as an amateur and professional boxer has been preparation for this fight against Golovkin,” the 35-year-old said last month.

“This fight will determine my place in the middleweight division and boxing history.

“Golovkin has long been the standard bearer of the middleweight division.

“For me, he’s still undefeated. I have the greatest respect for him.

“It’s been almost two years since my last fight, due to the pandemic, but I’ve put that time to good use, working really hard with my coaches to improve my fitness and add more power to my punches.

“I am so proud that Japan is organizing this fight. It is a great honor for me.

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