Gennady Golovkin has become the unified world middleweight champion with a ninth-round stoppage of Japanese fighter Ryota Murata.
The brilliant Kazakh fighter Golovkin, who turned 40 on the eve of Saturday’s unification bout, sent his opponent to the canvas with a big right hand and Murata’s corner threw in a towel.
Golovkin, known throughout the sport as ‘Triple G’, earned triple titles, adding Murata’s WBA title to his IBF and IBO belts in his first fight since December 2020.
A third mouth-watering bout against Canelo Alvarez could be next for Golovkin, whose only defeat in his 44-fight professional career came at the hands of the Mexican boxer.
Golovkin was shaken in the early rounds on Saturday but a right hook in the fifth, which saw Murata’s mouthguard fly across the ring, changed the course of the fight.