GENNADY GOLOVKIN beamed as he described feeling ‘extremely healthy right now’ and talked about retirement.
But his comeback fight against Ryota Murata, taking place on December 29 in Saitama, now looks like it will be rescheduled after Japan closed their international borders.
Confirming the information, Golovkin said: “I am extremely disappointed that this match has been postponed.
“But the health and safety of the public should always come first. I look forward to being back in the ring against Ryota as soon as possible. “
The decision comes amid the global spread of the new Omicron variant of Covid-19.
But just before the announcement, boxing legend and IBF middleweight champion Golovkin spoke exclusively with SunSport.
And after another grueling training camp at high altitude at Big Bear California, the 39-year-old seems far from finished the sport he has so long dominated.
Golovkin, who turns 40 in April, said: “I will take a good look at myself.
“I’m super fit right now, I feel great and of course all decisions about my career will be based on how I feel. Right now, I feel great.”
GGG made his US debut in 2012 and stopped Pole Grzegorz Proksa, now 37, in five innings.
His devastating power immediately caused fear throughout the 160lb middleweight division.
Golovkin then made 12 knockouts in 13 matches before being won on points by Danny Jacobs, 34.
This was followed by a two-fight series with his big rival Canelo Alvarez, 31, which was ravaged in controversy.
GGG unfortunately went away with just one draw in their initial 2017 match before that lost the razor-thin rematch a year later.
Since then, the dangerous Kazakh has fought three times and regain the middleweight title.
But despite reigning as the two-time champion, with 36 KOs in his 41 wins, the boxing superstar wanted more with his unification against the ice-only Murata.
“Every decision I make will be considered by me as the right decision, whether I want to go ahead and join a war or not,” Golovkin said.
“I would consider it the right decision, if I wanted to end my career, it would also be the right decision.
“Right now I’m comfortable with how my career is progressing and what’s happening and I’m sure that whatever I do, will work for me.”
Golovkin endured another brutal camp at Great Bear Lake, before moving to Florida.
Extreme mountain runs, heavy lifting in the winter cold and some rounds were mostly completed until recently postponed.
Meaning, depending on the new port, Triple-G might have to do it all over again.
But that would suit the father of an intimidating child, as he admits to having enjoyed the peace and quiet of the training camp.
“It was just a way for me to get away from my family and focus on training, because I have a big family at home,” Golovkin admits.
“Honestly, it’s a bit distracting! Of course there are certain details and nuances, we approach each opponent a little differently.
“Although having a training background is always part of the camp.”
https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/16932572/gennady-golovkin-retiring-ryota-murata-fight/ Gennady Golovkin, 39, feels ‘extremely well right now’ and talks retirement with match against Ryota Murata to be rescheduled