Originally the plans were for Murata to fight twice this year before moving on to a world ranked opponent early next year. It seems however that Murata handlers feel he is far enough ahead in his development to fight a world ranked opponent later this year, though we've not been given any hints as to who it could be, on when.
We know Murata is in action in Singapore later this year though we doubt that will be his bout against a world ranked opponent. Instead we're assuming that his team will slip him a fight on New Year's Eve and that could be against a lowly world ranked foe.
There is no guarantee that Murata will be fighting a world ranked opponent though it appears likely that Teiken will try and set him up with one all the same if the opportunity arises. If not then Murata's development will revert to the plan that has been laid out to fight a world ranked foe at the start of next year instead.
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