Japan has closed its borders as the Omicron variant of COVID-19 continues to spread across the globe. As a result, Gennadiy Golovkin will not share the ring with Ryota Murata in Tokyo during the final weekend of 2021 for a middleweight title fight.
“I am deeply disappointed that this fight has been postponed,” Golovkin said in a statement obtained by DAZN.
“But the health and safety of the public must always be the priority. I look forward to returning to the ring against Ryota as soon as possible.”
At 39 years old, it is unclear if Golovkin will look to fight another opponent in early 2022 or wait until Japan reopens its borders at an unspecified date. Regardless, Golovkin will not be looking to retire.
“I’m extremely fit right now, I feel great and of course all my career decisions will be based on how I feel. Currently, I feel great,” he told The Sun.
“I am comfortable right now with how my career is progressing and what’s happening and I’m sure whatever I do, will be right for me.”