Earlier this week it was reported that Rizin has cancelled its December 29th reservation for the Saitama Super Arena. It seems that the Japanese promotion has stood aside in order to allow a big world title unification boxing bout to take place in the venue.
Gennady Golovkin is set to face Ryota Murata in a middleweight title unification fight. The Kazakh holds the IBF middleweight title while the Japanese fighter owns the WBC belt.
Once regarded as the best pound for pound boxer on the planet, Golovkin (41-1-1) turned 39 this year and has only fought three times since suffering the first and only loss of his career at the hands of Saul Alvarez in 2018.
Murata (16-2) is four years younger than Golovkin and has never been stopped. Between them the two men have 49 KOs so the ingredients are in place for an entertaining fight which will have two world titles at stake.
The fight is likely to take place in the early afternoon local time so it can be broadcast in the evening US time. Rizin traditionally holds a New Year’s Eve event in the venue but nothing is confirmed at the time of writing.