On April 15th we'll see WBA Middleweight champion Ryota Murata (13-1, 10) [村田 諒太] defending his title against Italian veteran Emanuele Felice Blandamura (27-2, 5). Today saw Murata begin his sparring for that bout, as he shared the ring with a number of fellow professional's to help prepare for Blandamura.
For today's sparring Murata shared the ring with American hopeful Brandon Quarles (18-4-1, 9), with the two men sparring 2 rounds as Quarles attempted to replicate the style of Blandamura.
Quarles is one of 3 fighters set to be key sparring partners for Murata. He will be joined by fellow American Joshua Conley (14-2-1, 9) along with Murata's regular sparring partner, and former opponent, Adrian Luna Flores (20-5-1, 13).
The sparring will pick up in length and intensity as we get closer to the April fight date, and we're expecting to see Murata, who looked sharp today, look extra sharp by the time he makes his first defense, and takes on the under-rated challenger. A win for Murata would likely open the door towards some super fights later in the year, and he knows that, to get those big fights, he will need to look really impressive against Blandamura here.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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