Murata, Japan's 2nd ever Olympic Gold medal winner in boxing will be debuting on August 25th at the spectacular Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo. The 10,000 seat venue is expected to sell out to see the national boxing star and has been picked ahead of the Korakuen Hall due to huge size differential.
Murata's debut will take place over 6 rounds at a catchweight of 161lbs and will see him taking on current OPBF Middleweight champion Akio Shibata (21-7-1, 9).
Shibata a former OPBF and Japanese champion at Light Middleweight champion is unbeaten in 5 contests following a loss to Charlie Ota in August 2011. In fact Shibata last 2 losses both came to Ota with the previous one being in March 2010.
Currently ranked #16 at Middleweight by Boxrec.com Shibata is a very credible opponent for anyone, so for Murata to make his debut against him is very impressive.
If Murata manages, as we expect, to overcome Shibata it may not be long before he starts to hunt for title belts of his own.