Among the fighters in action on the card was Japanese Olympic gold medal winner Ryota Murata (10-0, 7) [村田 諒太] who continued his perfect start to professional boxing with a straight forward win over Brazilian Felipe Santos Pedroso (13-2, 11).
Murata, whose bout was televised on tape delay in Japan on "Fuji TV", looked bigger than Santos from the opening stages and seemed to make the size, and natural strength, count, as he walked down the Brazilian, looking to land powerful right hands.
The power of Murata's right hand had Pedroso in trouble in the second round, whilst a jab snapped the Brazilian's head back in round 3. Having been slowly broken down during the first 3 rounds Pedroso was finished off in round 4 with a series of booming shots from Murata forcing the referee to call a halt to the contest.
Murata's next bout will now take place on July 23rd, and see him face George Tahdooahnippah (34-2-3, 24) in Las Vegas.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)