We've known for a while that Zou Shiming would be making his ring return in Shanghai, on January 30th 2016. Now we've been informed that Shiming will not be the only Olympic champion in action on that card as Japan's Ryota Murata (8-0, 5) has also been announced for the card.
For Shiming the bout will be his first since he dropped a decision to Thailand's tricky Amnat Ruenroeng in an IBF Flyweight title fight. It's clear he will not matched too hard but will be expected to show some improvement from the man who looked lost against Amnat. For Murata however the task will be very different. The unbeaten Middleweight hopeful will be expected to face a fellow contender, and will be expected to impress.
For Murata the bout will be his first since an unimpressive win on his US debut, where he scored a 10 round win over Gunnar Jackson. He will be expected to fight in either a 10 or 12 rounder and will be hoping to make an impression not just on fans but also on American promoter Bob Arum. It's clear that Murata will need to impress Arum before the American promoter will put the fighter into a world title fight, and without Arum's backing it'll be very difficult for Japanese star to get a shot.
Interestingly this will be Murata's third bout outside of Japan, adding it to bouts in Macau and the US. It'll also be the third time he has shared a card with a follow Olympic champion and the second time he has been on a card with Shiming.
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