The bout will be held at the Yokohama Arena and could, if Murata wins, see a historic first as no Japanese Middleweight has successfully defended a world title before.
Murata won the title last year, when he stopped Hassan N'Dam in their second meeting, avenging a very controversial loss. Since then he has 32 and time is clearly against him in regards to getting the big fights he wants to get to establish himself on the global scene.
Blandamura is 38 yeards old but is a solid and tricky fighter and a former European champion, who has only lost to very good fighters. One of his losses was an 8th round KO defeat to current WBO champion Billy Joe Saunders whilst the other was an 8th round KO to the under-rated Michel Soro.
Fuji TV are set to air the bout and we're expecting to see the bout become part of a double header, along side WBC Light Flyweight champion Ken Shiro (12-0, 6) [拳 四朗] defending his belt against Ganigan Lopez (28-7, 17), with that bout expected to be announced in the coming weeks.
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