Just a few moments ago Japanese fans in Tokyo had the chance to see Olympic Middleweight champion Ryota Murata (5-0, 4) continue his promising career.
Murata had promised to seek a 5th successive KO when he took on Mexican champion Adrian Luna Flores (17-3-1, 11) though unfortunately he was unable to fulfil that promise as Luna Flores proved to be a tougher than expected opponent. In the end however the bout was a clear win for the Japanese fighter that many are tipping to be a future world champion.
Although he failed to record a stoppage Murata was in control through out the bout with Flores forced to have limited success. By the end of the contest there was no surprise that Murata had taken the win and the scorecards of 98-92, 99-91 and 100-90 all summed up his domination of his Mexican foe.
Whilst Murata will have been disappointed not to have recorded a stoppage, especially when he went out hunting for one late on, he will have been pleased by the fact he went 10 rounds and looked comfortable for the most part. Going 10 rounds might disappointing in some ways but in other ways it's a great achievement.
As for the Mexican we need to give him credit for surviving, especially some of the later rounds.
For those hoping to see this contest, it will be aired on Fuji TV later today. We're unsure however whether it will be the full fight or edited footage due to time constraints in regards to the broadcaster.