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Murata Very Pleased With Revenge Win, Will Aim For Big Names

By Hisao Adachi

This past Saturday night, at a hotel in the city of Osaka, Japan, there was a press conference in which the flamboyant "regular" middleweight champion of the World Boxing Association (WBA) and gold medalist in the 2012 London Olympics, Ryota Murata (15-2, 12KOs), discussed his revenge victory over Rob Brant.

At Osaka City's Edion Arena Osaka, it only took two rounds for Murata to blow Brant away and reclaim his belt.

Last fall in Las Vegas, Brant punished Murata over twelve rounds to win a unanimous decision with scores of 109-119, 109-119, 110-118.

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According to his co-promoter, Bob Arum of Top Rank, Murata is now focusing on the big middleweight fights against Saul "Canelo" Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin.

Both Canelo and Golovkin are returning in the fall, against opponents to be determined - unless they face each other for a third time.

His promoter in Japan, Akihiko Honda, praised his boxer with the following words -  "Ryota Murata was a totally different fighter compared to his first bout with Rob Brant. He was not the same as he was before."

Honda stated that Murata's next fight will be against a big name opponent.

"I think that in my second fight against Rob Brant, I could fight without any shame in a professional ring. I had the ability to retaliate with my full spirit, a lot of hunger and the thirst to cleanse my honor. I made an aggressive start by coming forward at every moment. Before my first fight with Brant, I did not devote myself to my physical preparations with total concentration. As a consequence, I lost due to my botched and lackluster performance," Murata said.

"According to my self-rating on my second fight with Rob Brant, I give a maximum amount of approval, since I could show off my skills and do it with the full spirit of hunger to be successful. And last night's achievement will be a supreme piece of work throughout my professional pugilistic career."

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by sammybee on 07-17-2019

that was a good win for Murata but I will welcome a trilogy at a neutral ground.

Comment by Richard G on 07-17-2019

[QUOTE=Mammoth;19903981]Probably fight Jeff Horn or something......[/QUOTE] That was supposed to be the deal, Horn to fight the winner but things change so it would be no surprise if Murata went elsewhere.

Comment by Sweet Scions on 07-16-2019

[QUOTE=CultureVulture;19903625]Murata was winning but that was a bad stoppage by the ref.[/QUOTE] ...Also, and more appropriately, welcome to the forum! Didn't notice before that was your first post.

Comment by robbyheartbaby on 07-16-2019

[QUOTE=aboutfkntime;19903877]that was an excellent win for Murata he was totally gutted after the first fight the lesson..... take your loss with honesty and humility, Murata admitted that Brant was better than him "[I]I’m really bad against boxers who are quick…

Comment by Sweet Scions on 07-16-2019

[QUOTE=Mammoth;19903981]Probably fight Jeff Horn or something......[/QUOTE] Jeff Horn smiled. Jeff Horn farted. I farted. My glasses got bigger. We both barfed in unison, and it was normal.

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