For the first time in over a year, one of the most feared knockout artists returns to the ring as Gennady “GGG” Golovkin collides with Ryota Murata with three titles on the line.
GGG vs Murata is taking place in the early morning of April 9, with an expected main event time of 8 a.m. ET from the Saitama Super Arena in Japan. In the GGG vs Murata odds, it is Golovkin, defending his IBF and IBO middleweight titles, favored over Murata, who is putting his WBA Super middleweight strap up for grabs.
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GGG vs Murata Odds
Online sportsbook Sportsbook has released the GGG vs Murata odds with Golovkin set as the -450 chalk and Ryota the +325 underdog. This means to profit $100 with a GGG win, you would need to lay $450, while a $100 winning wager on the plus-money option would net you $325.
Odds as of April 8 at Sportsbook
We can further examine the GGG vs Murata betting lines with our sports betting calculator. There, we can see that Golovkin’s betting odds translate to an implied win probability of 81.82 percent while the underdog’s odds represent an implied win probability of 23.53 percent.
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Gennady Golovkin vs Ryota Murata Betting Odds Analysis
Bettors may be licking their chops to see Golovkin at a relatively low number, having been a favorite of -750 or more in the three fights following his majority-decision loss to Canelo Alvarez in September 2018. That night, GGG was the -300 betting option, which isn’t too far off from the line offered in this bout.
Murata Has Cashed As A Dog Before
This is the second time in three fights that Ryota Murata has been the betting underdog. In fact, in fights for which odds have been available, he’s only been an underdog twice, including this bout. The only other time he had a plus sign next to his odds, he cashed as a +300 dog with a second-round knockout over Rob Brant nine months after their first encounter in which Brant’s hand was lifted via unanimous decision.
GGG vs Murata Betting Preview
At the ripe age of 40, celebrating his birthday a night before the fight, it’s hard to assume that GGG will have a new game plan aside from his typical hard-charging, power-punching style we’ve become accustomed to.
Of his 41 professional victories, 36 have come by T/KO, including a ridiculous 23 in a row at one point. While he’s aggressive, he doesn’t run into danger with reckless abandon, picking his shots with sharp precision and setting up heavy hands with great movement. Furthermore, one of Golovkin’s best assets that goes along with his power is his granite chin – he has never been dropped in 41 fights.
Can Murata Work In The Pocket?
Murata has a similar boxing approach to GGG: forward pressure, good power and a solid chin. The 2012 Olympic gold medalist tends to wear on his opponents with his relentless pursuit, though he will put himself in danger by overextending on punches or covering up and absorbing a combination before firing back.
While he’s not the fastest fighter and lacks some footwork, he has hands of stone that do damage any time they land cleanly.
GGG vs Murata Pick
It appears we may have a gritty dogfight on our hands with two warriors meeting in the middle of the ring and exchanging hands. Judging by history, it’s no surprise that Golovkin is the betting favorite as he has shown what a tremendous chin he has to go along with his heavy hands.
I can’t imagine this battle goes long and the Canelo vs GGG trilogy is on the horizon with a strong performance from Golovkin in this fight. I like GGG with a mid-fight knockout.