On October 22nd we'll see Ryota Murata (12-1, 9) [村田 諒太] get his much anticipated rematch with WBA "regular" Middleweight champion Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam (36-2, 21), with the Japanese fighter seeking to avenge his controversial loss from back in May.
Yesterday Murata took part in a public practice session and looked like a man puching harder than ever and showing signs of a fighter with a point to prove.
The Japanese fighter sparred with regular sparring partner, and former opponent, Adrian Luna Flores (20-5-1, 13) who seemed to feel Murata's jab and straight right hand on a regular basis. The punches weren't just the long distance punches that Murata has had as his bread and butter but he's been showing them at short range and medium range and looked like a fighter who has added notable tweaks to his game ahead of the upcoming rematch.
As well the sparring he also worked the body belt with his trainer and it seemed like they were hurting the trainer, despite the belt being worn.
Murata seemed to show some fatigue at times, but with more than a month to the fight he's looking like a man with a point to prove and will be looking to take the fight out of the judges hands in October.
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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