Following his stoppage victory over Carlos Nascimento (29-4, 23), it was announced that Japan's Olympic gold medal winning Ryota Murata (3-0, 3) would return to the ring in September in Singapore.
It appears, from what we're reading anyway, that plans to fight in Japan next have possibly been scrapped to instead have Murata on this Singapore card.
Whilst it'd be nice to see Murata in action before September we do under-stand that his training is the key at the moment and that if he can increase his exposure outside of Japan then that's great thing. Fighting in Macau, today, and then Singapore in a few months time would certainly get him experience at fighting on foreign soil before his expected US debut in 2015.
What we may see is a slight alteration to some of the plans regarding Murata. It was obvious from today's performance that his development is going amazingly well. He is tightening up defensively and his offense is still free flowing and natural looking. There is of course still things to do but at the moment it's possible that they've decided to just add more intensity to the training that he's doing rather than waste time on an extra fight.
Of course it is possible for Murata to fight in Japan in, say April or May or even June, and still be ready for the Singapore date. We'd suggest that if he doesn't fight at home in the interim then the Singapore contest will be a notably more testing opponent than his 3 opponents so far.
(Picture courtesy of boxrec.com)
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