About half a decade after I really wanted it, but hey, still: December 28th in Saitama, Japan. Middleweight championship unification (IBF & IBO titles, second defense of each for Golovkin and WBA super title, first defense of Murata since being promoted from regular world titlist status in January). Ironically, around the same time demand for this fight was reaching a fever pitch internationally, both men suffered their first professional blemishes - and both via robbery, both in 2017 (GGG with the Canelo draw, and Murata with the "loss" to HNN). Murata would stop N'Dam N'Jikam in a rematch to claim the WBA belt, and defend it once - but GGG was pursuing his own rematch, with Canelo, ultimately losing a controversial MD. Then came another 1-1 rivalry for the Japanese fighter, with Rob Brant, before he and the Kazakh began to rebuild momentum. Then along came a novel coronavirus. Murata hasn't fought since a couple of months before the pandemic started, and Golovkin has squeezed in just the one stay-busy against Szeremeta. Now, at last, we get the 160lb slobberknocker we've long been drooling for - even if some of the luster has dulled away from when both were unbeaten and closer to prime, not mid-thirties.