Gennady Golovkin was crowned unified middleweight champion upon his return to the ring as he picked up a TKO victory over Ryota Murata in Japan.
GGG, 40, controlled the grueling battle at Saitama Super Arena and knocked down Olympic gold medalist Murata in the ninth round.
Pound-for-pound king Golovkin retained his IBF and IBO titles by defeating Kamil Szeremeta in Florida in December 2020.
And he has now added the WBA belt to his collection with a landslide victory over former sparring partner Murata as he once again showed his granite chin in a brutal battle.
There were punches galore from both fighters, but GGG was on top as the fight continued deep into its 12 rounds, landing punch after punch to the head of the Japanese boxer.
And the unwavering pressure finally paid off, with 2012 London champion Murata being floored in the ninth round and his corner seeing enough as they threw in the towel.
Golovkin’s win sets up a tantalizing showdown with arch-rival Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, with that clash scheduled for later this year.