Golovkin-Murata Possible For Tokyo Dome
For Ryota Murata, not only is his fight against Rob Brant a chance to get a win, but also a chance to become Gennady Golovkin’s next opponent.
The WBA middleweight champion’s promoter Bob Arum is looking to clear the runway for a showdown between Murata and Golovkin to the famous Tokyo Dome.
“Mr. Honda of Teiken Promotions has always stated to me that his dream is to have Murata face Golovkin in the Tokyo Dome and he feels that it will be an even bigger attraction than Mike Tyson years ago with Buster Douglas,” Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum told BoxingScene.com at Murata and Brant’s media day.
Speaking with ESPN, Loeffler confirmed the mutual interests between both sides. “Murata fights this weekend and he is a very attractive option if he beats Brant,” Loeffler said. “I have a good relationship with Mr. Honda and Top Rank, and that fight seems like it is very makeable.”
Arum is also looking to bring Golovkin to ESPN through Top Rank’s deal with the network and feels that there won’t be a shortage of options for the former unified champion.
“I can’t talk for Golovkin. Only Loeffler who will be coming to the fight can do that. Golovkin may decide to go to 168 and there are plenty of guys, (IBF super middleweight champion Jose) Uzcategui, Gilberto Ramirez, so Golovkin isn’t going to have to worry about opposition. Right now, if Murata wins a very tough fight versus Brant I think it will be very possible that the next fight for Golovkin and the next fight for Murata will be against each other sometime next year,” Arum explained.
“I think Golovkin is the best middleweight around. I watched the fight with Canelo like everybody else and whatever the judges felt I thought Golovkin clearly won that fight – so I think Murata would have his hands full, but he feels that he can handle it. He has a height advantage. He is very big for a 160 pounder.”