GENNADY GOLOVKIN celebrated 40 years of age by gaining weight to fight Ryota Mura.
In a bout for the unification title with Murata in Japan, the middleweight boxing champion makes his return to ring.
Golovkin looked fit and well-prepared as he climbed to the 11st 6lb limit for middleweight on his big day.
Since December 2020, when he defeated Pole Kamil Szeremeta (32), in seven rounds, the Kazakh legend has not fought.
He was scheduled to unify his IBF belt and Murata's WBA version in April, but coronavirus restrictions halted that.
Golovkin assured that it would be worth the wait, despite their rescheduled dates being only days away.
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Boxing Scene was told by he: "Murata fight is the most important. Period. I don't look ahead.
"I have put all my effort into training for the fight that I have before me. I have too much respect and admiration for Murata's body of work.
He is my focus and I am determined to win his title. This is why I'm here in Japan. I am looking forward to fighting in a packed arena. That energy has been missing from me.
"It's going to be exciting, because we both have the same styles of fighting.Get a PS10 Bonus with 100s of Games to Play and No Deposit Required
"We are both power-punkers, aggressive, and we come forward.
"Diamonds are cut diamonds, and Saturday will have two diamonds in this ring.
"It will be an amazing boxing gift for the fans. It will be the fight that year.
Gennady Gorlovkin and Japan’s Ryota Murata ahead of their unification
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