At the time of writing there is no opponent named for Murata but the WBA did announce that Murata would have to defend his title against mandatory challenger Rob Brant (23-1, 16) last month, with purse bids for that bout being pencilled in for July 15th. It would seem likely that Brant has been set as the opponent, but that hasn't yet been confirmed, with an announcement on the opponent expected to be made shortly.
The bout will serve as Murata's second defense of the WBA title, a title that he won last October when he defeated Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam in their second meeting. It will also be his third bout in the US, following wins over Gunnar Jackson and George Tahdooahnippah.
As with all Top Rank shows now the bout will be available over ESPN+ in the US and will likely be available in Japan on WOWOW, with other international broadcasters also likely to show the bout across the globe.
The original story from ESPN is available here.
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