• Kyodo, AFP-Jiji

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Japan’s Ryota Murata, fighting for the first time in over two years, lost his WBA super world middleweight championship to IBF champ Gennadiy Golovkin of Kazakhstan by technical knockout in Saturday’s title unification bout.

Fighting for the first time since December 2019, Murata’s record fell to 16-3. Golovkin, fighting a day after his 40th birthday, improved to 42-1 with one draw and 37 wins by knockout.

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