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Murata: I'm Not Good With Quick Feet Fighters, I Took a Beating

Ryota Murata said Sunday he has never felt so beaten up following his loss to Rob Brant in the WBA "regular" middleweight world title bout on Saturday.

The 32-year-old Murata, the 2012 London Olympic middleweight champion, said he was only able to sleep for 30 minutes after the one-sided match that saw him on the back foot for most of the 12 rounds against his speedy opponent.

“I’m really bad against boxers who are quick on their feet. I took a lot of blows,” Murata told reporters in Las Vegas. “It’s the first time I’ve taken such a beating.”

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In the second defense of his world title, Murata lost to the mandatory challenger in a unanimous decision at the Park Theater. Brant, fighting in his first world title match, dominated from the outset, throwing 500 more punches than Murata.

Murata, who fell to 14-2 with 11 knockouts, was asked if he intended to continue boxing or retire.

“I can’t answer that yet. I want to talk about it with the people around me,” he said.

“I don’t have any regrets because I have confidence in what I’ve done up to this point. Hopefully, when I look back at this in 10 years — or maybe even in one year — I’ll be glad I experienced a fight like this.”

While Murata admits it was a one-sided loss, Akihiko Honda, the head of his Teiken gym, said it was not all the boxer’s fault. In September, Murata’s preparations were slowed when he came down with a fever.

“We were all off guard. It was true he was not in the best condition,” Honda said.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by JLC on 10-25-2018

[QUOTE=Boxing1012;19222637]Wow you're a weird guy and a complete liar. Called out on your lie and then try and double down on it while denying you said it. I just explained why Kov's win over Bhop was solid and you didn't…

Comment by Boxing1012 on 10-25-2018

[QUOTE=JLC;19222030]That’s not a defense. You’ve got no room insulting Ward for not only survivng, but defeating kovalev twoce, while praising Kovalev for not putting away a FIFTY YEAR OLD FIGHTER. I’m simply stating nobody has business propping up Kovs win…

Comment by JLC on 10-25-2018

[QUOTE=Boxing1012;19221438]'You’ve got no room insulting ward for decisioning him and stopping him in back to back fights.' I mean, you said that to another poster. ^ Going into that fight most people were picking Hopkins to win...so yeah he was…

Comment by Boxing1012 on 10-24-2018

[QUOTE=JLC;19220930]What ? When did I brag on Ward? What I said was don’t give any credit to Kov for going 12 w a 53 year old man.[/QUOTE] 'You’ve got no room insulting ward for decisioning him and stopping him in…

Comment by TonyGe on 10-24-2018

[QUOTE=kushking;19218167]How does that even compare honestly? I see your point about fighters ALWAYS weighing risk v reward,but I truly think ggg(& his team) has sold everyone some mexican style monster who takes on all comers & fights for"honor" or "purity"…

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