Japan's Olympic gold medal winner Ryota Murata (2-0, 2) scored his second straight professional victory as he defeated tough American Dave Peterson (13-2, 8) in what we would describe as an excellent developmental fight.
Although many eyes were rolled when Peterson was announced as Murata's second professional opponent the choice turned out to be perfect. They had selected a very game, tough opponent who came to win. Sure he was naturally smaller than Murata and less skilled but he still came to win rather than fall over and in the opening round certainly showed Murata a few things he hadn't seen before.
Despite being tested Murata always looked in control. The bursts of aggression from Peterson were neutralised somewhat by the pure strength of Murata who looked almost impervious to the shots of Peterson.
What was more shocking than the fact Peterson had come to win was the fact he was able to take the bombs from Murata and quickly recover. The first 5 rounds saw him eating plenty but then fighting back almost immediately. By the end of round 6 however he was slowly and the fight seemed to be getting out of him. With only 2 rounds left however it seemed likely that Peterson was going to hear the final bell.
After surviving a bit of a pasting in round 7 Peterson got on his bike in round 8. Unfortunately for the American the bike had a flat tire and Murata went on an all out offensive forcing a count against him. From then on it was a race against time as to whether or not Murata would be able to force the stoppage against a very weary looking Peterson. Murata, determined to finish the show did just that that midway in the 8th.
Although people will criticise the opponent in some circles Murata was just fighting his second professional contest and he's impressively gone the better part of 8 rounds. There is little more you can ask of a fighter at this stage. Sure there were flaws in his fighting and they will need sorting out, but a fight like this helped to safely expose some of those issues, including the fact Murata does look fairly predictable. If they go back to the gym and work on those issues then there's not much more you can ask.
It can often be hyperbole to talk about a show being a "super show" but December 6th gives us a genuine "super show" as some if Japan's most promising fighters are in action as well as a one of the countries genuine stand out world champions.
We'll start with the world championship bout which will see WBC Flyweight champion Akira Yaegashi (18-3, 9) defending his belt for the second time as he fights against mandatory challenger Edgar Sosa (49-7, 29) of Mexico. Sosa, a former Light Flyweight champion is a well deserving challenger and should make for a very interesting contest with Yaegashi, then again every good fighter should make for a fun fight with Yaegashi.
The world title bout is one of three title bouts on the show with the other two being OPBF title bouts. The most notable of these will see the fast rising Naoya Inoue (4-0, 3) taking on Filipino Jerson Mancio (18-3-3, 9) for the vacant Light Flyweight title this will be Inoue's first attempt to claim an OPBF title whilst Mancio has come up short in the past, losing by 4th round KO to Ryo Miyazaki. If Inoue wins this bout he'll have unified the Japanese and OPBF titles and his sights will firmly be on a world title next.
The second OPBF title bout will see the hard hitting Hiroki Shiino (10-2, 9) attempting to defend his Bantamweight title for the first time as he takes on the world ranked Ryosuke Iwasa (15-1, 9). Whilst we expect Inoue to easily beat Mancio, we do need to admit that this is a much more even contest and the winner will almost certainly move on to a world title fight in the next 12-24 months.
It that trio of bouts wasn't enough to whet the appetite then it's worth noting that Olympic Gold medal winner Ryota Murata (1-0, 1) will return to the ring for his second professional contest. Murata, seen as one of the most promising fighters in world boxing, will fight once beaten American Dave Peterson (13-1, 8). This is admittedly a let down, though if Murata stays active then there is no major issue with a bout like this.
We also expect one more bout on the card as Takuma Inoue (0-0), the younger brother of Naoya Inoue, makes his professional debut. Whilst the younger Inoue's opponent has yet to be named there is a sense of expectation surrounding him and his potential, with his aim apparently being to take a Japanese national title in just his third professional contest.
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