Murata Admits Surprise That He Stopped Rob Brant So Quickly

As previously reported on, London Olympic gold medalist Ryota Murata regained his WBA "regular" middleweight championship Friday with a second-round technical knockout in a rematch with American Rob Brant.

Murata's bout followed another world title fight at Edion Arena, where Japan's Kenshiro Teraji, whose ring name is Ken Shiro, successfully defended his WBC light flyweight title for the sixth time.

The fight between Murata and Brant was a rematch of their October title bout, when Murata lost the second defense of his title by unanimous decision in Las Vegas.

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Brant dominated at the start, but as the round wound down both fighters picked up the intensity as if they both wanted to finish it there and then.

Murata took command of the fight early in the second round. He knocked Brant down and halfway through the round had the American on the ropes and the crowd on its feet as he pummeled him with impunity.

"I came in with the impression that he would be very hard to knock out, so I think this was kind of lucky," Murata said.

The 33-year-old Murata improved to 15-2, while Brant, 28, fell to 25-2.

Teraji, 27, scored a fourth-round technical knockout of Jonathan "Lightning" Taconing of the Philippines to remain undefeated in 16 pro fights. It was Teraji's ninth knockout.

Taconing, who had trouble countering his Japanese opponent's salvos, was bleeding from cuts in his face when he staggered to the canvas in the fourth. He regained his feet but the referee stopped the fight to the fighter's surprise. Afterward he said he expressed dissatisfaction with the ref's decision, saying he was keen to keep fighting.

It was the 32-year-old Taconing's first loss by knockout. His record fell to 28-4 with one draw.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by MulaKO on 07-15-2019

[QUOTE=Richard G;19901361]I just think it's cute that the fanboys are still complaining about this, it's over and done with, moving on.[/QUOTE] Funny enough , you are the one who is responding to all disses against Horn I guess the truth…

Comment by MulaKO on 07-15-2019

[QUOTE=Richard G;19901367]Look at it another way, Crawford looked way way better against Horn than Manny did. A fight between those two would be no contest.[/QUOTE] You can look at it anyway you want The way I see it is very…

Comment by 'b' on 07-15-2019

Lol, I remember the Rob Brant hype, glad I never bought into it like a spanner head. I also don't rate Murata anywhere near GGG or Canelo level, so I'm 'doubly' NOT a spanner head. I deserve a self congratulatory…

Comment by Richard G on 07-14-2019

[QUOTE=MulaKO;19899362]Yes it is Horn wasn’t being babied in the States Proof of how good he is The look on his face when he was awarded the robbery is impeccable Ffs he didn’t believe the result Your right though , the…

Comment by Richard G on 07-14-2019

[QUOTE=DaBeastO;19899411]LMAO when jessica horn had to fight outside of asstralia he got the dog shiiet beat out of him and got knocked out!!! Pacquiao battered horn and dropped him same as crawford did only difference is the country they fought…

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