Today, ahead of that bout, Murata took part in a public work out and looked like a man concentrating hard on correcting his footwork and his technical boxing. It's something that has gradually grown with Murata, who was a bit of a brawler as an amatuer, and although it's an attempt to converting him away from what he is great at it does seem to have gradually made things smoother for the Japanese Middleweight hope.
Murata's fight with Sandoval will be Murata's first in Japan since the middle of 2015 and some suspect it could be his last fight at home for a while unless his team can agree a deal with Frank Warren to bring Billy Joe Saunders over to Japan for a WBO Middleweight title fight. Murata's team however did seem to accept to that Murata wasn't the only man chasing a bout with Saunders and seemed to be aware that Saul Alvarez was also after the Englishman.
Despite the hope of facing Saunders Murata himself stated his focus was on Sandoval.
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