Linares expected to stay at Lightweight and defend in the US in Spring, Murata admits he was thinking
Earlier today Teiken held a press conference with two of their fighters who were in action yesterday, the newly crowned WBC Lightweight champion Jorge Linares (38-3, 25) and Olympic champion Ryota Murata (6-0, 4).
The press conference was a simple one but it seemed that we did get some interesting information from it.
For Linares we know he is comfortable at the weight and there is no intention to leave the Lightweight division, in fact he's now hoping to defend the title in Spring in the US with Omar Figueroa a likely opponent if Figueroa is fit. In regards to the Prieto fights Linares said he felt good, he liked his own movement and his jab.
As for Murata he admitted what we all seemed to see, he was trying something new. He was trying to think about what he was doing in the ring and although we didn't like seeing it, and in some ways he looked clumsy doing it, we can't blame the guy for wanting to try new things. Of course the bout also seemed to show that his stamina issues, exposed somewhat in his previous fight, were no more.
From what we understand there was also indication that Murata may be fighting in the US next spring though we have received contrasting information regarding that. If he does fight in the US next we suspect it will be on the same show as Linares's first defence.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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