Japan's Olympic gold medal winner Ryota Murata (2-0, 2) officially had his opponent for "Ring of Gold" announced earlier today. Murata, who last fought in December stopping American Dave Peterson in 8 rounds, will be taking on Brazilian veteran Carlos Nascimento (29-3, 23).
Aged 40 Nascimento is certainly a veteran though with an impressive record and as a former world title challenger he's a very credible third opponent for Murata who has already began to look like a world champion in the making.
Since turning professional in 2003 Nascimento has had an interesting career. In Brazil and Mexico he is an impressive 29-0 (23) though outside of Latin American he is 0-3. On paper that sounds bad though he has been stepping up in his 3 losses which have come to Serhiy Dzinziruk, in a WBO Light Middleweight title fight, Martin Murray and Pawel Wolak. Disappointingly those 3 losses have all come by stoppage.
On paper this is a good step up for Murata despite Nascimento's record away from home. The fact Nascimento hasn't just fought a then world champion but has also fought Murray, a current world ranked Middleweight, allows comparisons between Murata and Murray to be made. Murray stopped him in 3 rounds back in November 2010, since then Nascimento has gone 4-0 (2) whilst Murray has been in 2 world title fights and become a force in the division.
With Chinese gold medal winner Zou Shiming (3-0) set to fight Yokthong Kokietgym (15-3, 11) in another entertaining looking bout we're now just awaiting the opponent for Russian Olympic champion Egor Mekhontsev (1-0, 1), to finish off the trio of match up involving Olympic champions.
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