Japan's 2012 Olympic Hero Ryota Murata (9-0, 6) [村田 諒太] continued his unbeaten record earlier today as he over-came Argentina's game but out muscled Gaston Alejandro Vega (24-11-1-1, 10) in 2 rounds of an unspectacular bout in Shanghai.
The highly regarded Murata, who is world ranked by all 4 world title bodies, had hopes to impress and it seemed to show in the opening round as he attempted to land some monster right hands. Sadly for the Japanese fighter those big looking shots, that had bad intentions, were often wild and left him looking rather silly. Despite the misses he did do enough to secure a 10-8 round with a shot that glanced Vega and dropped him. Despite that shot giving Murata something to celebrate it was clear that he wasn't shining like he had wished and in fact he was forced to take a number of shots from Vega, who lacked the power needed to make Murata respect him.
In the second round Murata seemed to finally realise that he could keep his boxing tighter and it showed as he began to find the body of Vega and enforce his power and strength onto the Argentinian who looked massively out gunned, despite being a real trier. Despite his attempts to fight back Vega was eventually caught by the power of Murata and two right hands on the ear sent the Argentinian down, with the bout being waved off almost immediately.
Despite the quick win Murata did fail to impress and it's fair to say that there is a lot of work needed to be done when he heads to the US for a training camp in March. He looked too rigid, predictable and his wild right hands were laughably bad with Vega avoiding them with out trying. Hopefully the US camp will help him build some fluidity into his shots, or else he's going to struggle when he faces a guy that can take his power, move and has something on his own shots.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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