Firstly we now know that he's aiming to make his return in April, and will defending the WBA Middleweight title for the first time. That show may end up also featuring Ogawa, making his first defense of the IBF Super Featherweight title and even WBC Light Flyweight champion Ken Shiro (12-0, 6) [拳 四朗] in a potential triple header.
Secondly Murata admitted that he would also like to fight at the at the 55,000 seater Tokyo Dome, and is hoping to do that sooner rather than later.
Whilst fights being held in big stadiums might not be anything new to European the Tokyo Dome has only ever been used for two boxing shows. both headline by Mike Tyson. The first of those was his 2nd round TKO win against Tony Tubbs in 1988 with the second beind his shocking loss to Buster Douglas in 1990. There has never been a Japanese fighter fight in a world title fight in the venue and Murata wants to change that.
The hope seems to be that the venue, along with the sponsorship, gate and TV money would be enough to secure Murata a major name for a fight later this year, with Bob Arum said to be interested in promoting a show at the biggest venue in Tokyo, and third biggest in Japan
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