A pair of championship fights highlight the boxing schedule in April. The championship action kicks off on April 9, as Gennady Golovkin takes on Ryota Murata in a middleweight unification match as a heavy 1.14 favourite at Sports Interaction. The action continues a week later on April 16, with Errol Spence putting his WBC and IBF welterweight titles on the line against Yordenis Ugas, who currently holds the WBA (Super) welterweight crown. Spence has emerged as a strong 1.26 favourite to extend his unblemished professional record to 27-0.
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Gennady Golovkin vs. Ryota Murata
Professional Boxing Records
Gennady Golovkin: 41-1-1
Ryota Murata: 16-2
Gennady Golovkin will be looking to reclaim the WBA (Super) middleweight title he held for over four years when he takes on Ryota Murata on Saturday, April 9 at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. Golovkin has been idle since the first successful defence of his IBF and IBO middleweight titles in December 2020, when he ended Kamil Szeremeta’s night with a seventh-round TKO win. That victory marked his third win since his heartbreaking majority decision loss to Canelo Alvarez in September 2018 which cost him two of the three titles he will be fighting for in Japan.
Gennadiy Golovkin scored four knockdowns and easily dispensed of Kamil Szeremeta via TKO
— Round By Round Boxing (@RBRBoxing) December 19, 2020
GGG has been a force in the middleweight division for over a decade. The 39-year-old has held every major world middleweight title at some point over the past 11 years and held at least one middleweight crown from December 2010 until his loss to Canelo almost eight years later. Noted for his punching power, Golovkin has seen 35 of his 41 career wins come out KO or TKO. However, he has also proven his ability to go the distance in recent outings, with four of his past six contests going a full 12 rounds.
Idle since handing Canadian Steven Butler a fifth-round TKO victory in his last outing in December 2019, Murata aims to add the IBF and WBO middleweight titles to his WBA (Super) crown when he battles GGG as a lengthy 5.02 underdog.
2012 Olympic gold medalist & two time world champ Ryota Murata (16-2, 13 KO’s) with the dominant TKO-5 over Steven Butler (28-2-1) to defend his WBA middleweight title in Kanagawa, Japan
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— Tim Boxeo (@TimBoxeo) December 23, 2019
The 36-year-old native of Nara, Japan was promoted to WBA (Super) middleweight champ after Canelo elected to move to the super middleweight division, and will enjoy the support of fans in attendance for this championship fight. Murata has seen each of his past eight wins come by KO or TKO. However, he has struggled in fights that have gone the distance, falling to defeat in each of his past two, and has never claimed victory in a fight that has lasted beyond the 10th round.
Best Bet: Gennady Golovkin (1.14) at Sports Interaction
Golovkin is well-positioned to outlast Ryota Murata in the event their April 9 clash goes a full 12 rounds
Errol Spence Jr. vs Yordenis Ugas
Professional Boxing Records
Errol Spence Jr.: 27-0
Yordenis Ugas: 27-4
Two champions coming off impressive title defences clash on April 16 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, as Errol Spence Jr. battles Yordenis Ugas for the unified welterweight title. Spence has been idle since December 2020, when he successfully defended his WBC and IBF welterweight titles with a unanimous decision win over Danny Garcia.
Errol Spence Jr. skills are 🔥!
We are looking forward for the 147 Lbs. action this year! pic.twitter.com/TlPnHFnov0
— World Boxing Council (@WBCBoxing) March 21, 2022
With the win, “The Truth” remained undefeated in 27 outings, including wins in five overall title defences since claiming the IBF title in May 2017. After recording 11 straight finishes, the 32-year-old American has regularly gone the distance since joining the championship ranks, with each of his past three contests getting settled by the judges.
Another epic battle will likely be fine with Ugas, who gets set to battle for the WBC and IBF titles as a lengthy 3.51 underdog. The Cuban veteran established himself as a legitimate champion in his last outings, a unanimous decision victory over the legendary Manny Pacquiao last summer in Las Vegas.
One minute of Ugas effortlessly countering Pacquiao’s jab pic.twitter.com/sj8b9aqhUK
— The One-Two (@TheOneTwoBoxing) August 25, 2021
Overall, Ugas has won four straight since his loss to Shawn Porter in his bid for the WBC welterweight title in 2019, and has seen five of his past six fights, and 15 of his 27 career wins decided by the judges. But while there is no questioning his endurance, it is tough to see Ugas following up his upset win over Pac-Man with a victory over the undefeated and well-rested Spence.
Best Bet: Errol Spence Jr. (1.26)
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