In just over 2 weeks we'll see the rematch between Ryota Murata (12-1, 9) [村田 諒太] and WBA Middleweight champion Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam (36-2, 21). This past Thurasday, ahead of that bout, Murata held a work out that some of the media attended.
That work out saw the 2012 Olympic champion look calmer, more relaxed and more in control than a recent sparring session he had for the media, which actually saw the Japanese fighter looking a bit rigid and stiff.
The previous spar had seen Murata incredibly critical of himself, but this time around he seemed much better and was fully using his body, wit his lefgs now having the snap and spring that one expects of a top class fighter. He's totally fluid, but he was clearly getting there, and looked much more like a fighter weeks away from a world title fight than he had in his previous media session.
Notably Murata spoke about using Everlast gloves, following stable mates Yoshihiro Kamegai and Takashi Miura using them in recent bouts.
Although clearly being trained hard Murata stated there was no point in talking about fatigue, and it's obvious that he is fully focused on being in top condition for the October 22nd bout.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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