Today he fought in Japan for the first time since that loss, and he looked like he had taken those comments to heart as he showed a more aggressive mentality and destroyed Indonesian visitor Arega Yunian (6-10, 1).
Murata attacked from the opening stages and cut Yunian on the right eye inside the opening round. The following round he dropped the visitor with a body shot before dropping him for the 10 count in round 3.
The changes in mentality appear to be a direct result of his loss to Otake. There's no saying these changes would have him defeat Otake if they had a rematch, but it's great to see the youngster being so aware of his flaws and working on them. He has all the tools to go to the top, but needs to just work on litte things, with his aggressiveness being one of them. Some had questioned whether he had the extra gear to go into and on today's performance we dare say there is a few more gears we've yet to see from Murata, who turned 21 just a few days ago.
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