Sadly those plans have had to change, as a result of Murata suffering an injury to his shoulder back in July.
That injury had delayed Murata's US debut, which was first penciled in for later this month, which now looks likely to have slipped all the way back to November.
It was reported earlier today that Akihiko Honda, the chairman of Teiken, would be flying over to America next week to finalise the details regarding Murata's first US bout. From what we understand it will come against a highly ranked opponent, but no name was mentioned. What was mentioned was that the bout would be a 10 round contest though it would not act as a world title "prelude", or warm up bout.
We were also informed that Murata's world title bid will likely come at the end of next year, this would give him time to build up a bit more experience and perhaps see where certain titles end up.
At the moment, as we know, all the champions have got their next bouts pretty much lined up and there probably isn't going to be an opening for Murata until the summer of next year, at the earliest. Giving Murata until December 2016 is likely giving himself more than enough time to prepare for any eventuality.
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