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Triple G unifies middleweight crown at 40

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.

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