Japanese boxing may not be known for it's "larger" fighters but 2012 Olympic champion Ryota Murata has managed to make a pretty notable impact on the Middleweight division, being a 2-time holder of the WBA "regular" title. Whilst his performance have blown hot and cold Murata is huge in Japan, so with that in mind let's look at 10 facts you probably didn't know about...Ryota Murata
1-Like many boxers Murata has his own favourites, naming Shinsuke Yamanaka and Felix "Tito" Trinidad as his favourites.
2-Murata is the youngest of 3 brothers. His parents divorced when he was in elementary school, though continued to live together at the time.
3-Surprisingly Murata is the only Japanese boxer to have won medals at both the World Amateur championships, taking silver in 2011, and the Olympics, taking a gold in 2012.
4-Murata's professional career began in a rather unique way. Not only did he debut against the then unified Japanese and OPBF champion but he did so as a Top Rank and Teiken promoted fighter fighting out of the Misako gym stable. His official designation with Teiken was that he was Teiken affiliated, essentially they were his match makers whilst Misako were his gym.
5-According to a book Murata wrote, "101%のプライド (which translates as "101% of pride"), he was told be doctors that his skull is "1.5 times thicker" than the average persons, with this coming up in a CT scan. This is similar, in some ways, to the 1996 episode of the Simpsons "The Homer They Fall" where Homer is seen to have more fluid around his brain than normal people.
6-May is a very important month for Murata. He was married in May 2010, his oldest son was born in May 2011 and his oldest daughter was born in May 2014.
7-For a number of bouts, including his recent rematch with Rob Brant, Murata has used "He's a Pirate" from the "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl" as his ring walk music. This was due in part to his old teachers from high school.
8-Murata has blood type AB, which in Japan blood theory would make him an eccentric. The traits associated with the blood type include composure, being charming, diplomatic, controlled, rational, a dream chaser, popular and adaptable.
9-Murata's pro-test bout saw him share the ring with former Japanese Middleweight champion Sanosuke Sasaki on April 16th 2013, at the Korakuen Hall, and was aired live in Japan on Fuji TV. Notably this was on the same show as Naoya Inoue's third professional bout, which came against Yuki Sano.
10-Murata and Inoue would also share a broadcast on August 25th as well, when Fuji aired both Inoue's bout with Japanese Light Flyweigth champion Ryoichi Taguchi and Murata's debut with Akio Shibata. Interestingly these two bouts took place on different shows in different cities.
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