For Nicklow, a 31 fight veteran, this will be his first fight outside of his native US and will also be a fight he enters know that he could really reinvent his career with a win over Murata, he will however be a huge under-dog against the Japanese fighter who has long been tipped as future world champion.
For Murata , a 28 year old based in Tokyo, this will be his 4th bout this year and his third scheduled for 10 rounds. Last time out he seemed to struggle in the later rounds as Mexico's Adrian Luna Flores took him deep into the bout. He'll be hoping that this isn't a repeat of that and that he can either take Nicklow out early or battle at a good pace for all 10 rounds. It is notable however that Murata has been training in a Narita in a camp based around improving his stamina with Teiken stablemate Jorge Linares (37-3, 24).
As for Linares it was confirmed that he would be fighting Javier Prieto (24-7-2, 18) in a WBC Lightweight title bout as we reported yesterday.