Former WBA Middleweight Champion Ryota Murata Retires From Boxing

On March 28th, 2023, Ryota Murata declared his retirement from the sport of boxing.

The Japanese star does have some pedigree to his name, owing to his long list of accomplishments.

In the 2012 London Olympics, Murata achieved a historic milestone by becoming the first Japanese athlete to win a gold medal in the middleweight category, beating Esquiva Falcao in the process.

He then turned pro and went on to get the WBA middleweight world title. And with a professional record of 16-3, with 13 by way of knock-out, his professional career was nothing to shy away from.

His biggest moment came last year when he faced an equally-ageing Gennady Golovkin. However, things didn’t turn out as he would have hoped, having succumbed to a ninth-round stoppage.

And as time would tell, it appears that the lack of challenges left after his defeat by Golovkin meant it was time to walk away.

In his comments, he said: “[I] always thought that the Golovkin fight would be the last one. After that, I couldn’t really find anything more that I wanted out of boxing.”

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