It's often said that Japanese fighters can't make an impression above 130lbs. One man looking to change that is Ryota Murata (7-0, 5) who makes his US debut later today on HBO as part of a solid Top Rank card.
On Friday Murata, along with opponent Gunnar Jackson (22-6-3, 8) of New Zealand, took part in the weigh in for their scheduled 10 round bout in Las Vegas.
On the scales Murata weighed in at 161.2lbs, slightly lighter than Jackson who was 161.8lbs on the scales for the bout which has been made at a contracted 162lbs.
For Murata the weight was pretty much his usual which has only ranged from 160.5lbs, against Dave Peterson, to 161.75lbs, against Douglas Damiao Ataide. As for Jackson the weight was his highest since he fought Anthony Mundine back in January 2014, incidentally he has fought 5 bouts between that Mundine bout and the Murata one.
It's hoped that if Murata shines here he could be in a world title fight before the end of 2016.
(Image courtesy of Toprank)
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