September 11th 1983-Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Eijiro Murata (24-1-3, 15) vs Jeff Chandler (31-1-2, 16) III
In 1983 fight fans had the chance to see the final meeting between Eijiro Murata and Jeff Chandler. Up to this point Chandler was leading the rivalry 1-0-1, following a draw in their first bout.
December 10th 1981-Sands Casino Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA
Eijiro Murata (19-0-3, 11) vs Jeff Chandler (26-0-2, 13) II
In the 1980's Japan's Eijiro Murata had a trilogy of bouts with Jeff Chandler for the WBA Bantamweight title. The first bout between the two men took place in April 1981 and ended in a draw. The first rematch, this bout, took place just 8 months later.
December 11th 1979-Tokyo, Japan
Eijiro Murata (15-0-1, 10) vs Jiro Takada (31-12-4, 13)
In 1979 Japanese fans saw OPBF Bantamweight champion Eijiro Murata [村田 英次郎] battled against fellow Japanese Jiro Takada, who was also known as Yuji Oka [丘 勇治]. Prior to this bout Takada had previously been involved in two world title fights and was a former OPBF champion himself.
June 19th 1979-Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Eijiro Murata (13-0-1, 9) vs Dong Yul Oh (1-0)
In his second defense of the OPBF Bantamweight title Eijiro Murata [村田 英次郎] took on Korean fighter Dong Yul Oh.
Note-On screen graphic shows Dong Yul Oh as being 7-3-1 (2), a record that is likely more accurate than the boxrec one.
April 5th 1981-Kokugikan, Tokyo, Japan
Eijiro Murata (18-0-2, 11) Vs Jeff Chandler (25-0-1, 12) I
In April 1981 Japan's Eijiro Murata [村田英次郎] had his first, of three, bouts with Jeff Chandler, the then WBA Bantamweight champion.
March 19th 1979-Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Eijiro Murata (12-0-1, 8) vs Myung An Moon (9-4, 3)*
In 1979 Japan's Eijiro Murata [村田英次郎] made his first defense of the OPBF Bantamweight title as he took on Korean Myung An Moon.
*Boxrec list Moon as being 0-1 coming into this bout.
June 11th 1980-Nippon Budokan, Tokyo, Japan
Eijiro Murata (16-0-1, 10) Vs Lupe Pintor (42-5, 34)
In 1980 Japan's Eijiro Murata [村田英次郎] got his first world title bout, as he took on Lupe Pintor, the then WBC Bantamweight champion
December 14th 1978-Tokyo, Japan
Eijiro Murata (11-0-1, 8) vs Yung-Shik Kim (23-4-1, 4)
In 1978 Japan's Eijiro Murata [村田英次郎] took on OPBF Bantamweight champion Yung Shik Kim, in what was to Murata's first career title bout.
June 30th 1978-Tokyo, Japan
Eijiro Murata (10-0, 7) vs In-Kyu Park (1-0, 1)*
Boxing is full of stories of fighters who vanished, or failed to go on from a notable result. One such fight is In-Kyu Park who, according to boxrec at least, took on multi-time world title challenger Eijiro Murata [村田英次郎] in 1978, and held his own with the Japanese fighter. Sadly according to boxrec this would be Park's final bout before seemingly disappearing into the ether.
*Suspicion Park's record may be incomplete
October 27th 1980-Tokyo, Japan
Eijiro Murata (16-0-2, 10) vs Ronaldo Sumalis (15-3-1, 2)
In 1980 Japan's Eijiro Murata [村田英次郎] fought to a draw with WBC Bantamweight world champion Lupe Pintor, In his very next bout he took on Filipino Ronaldo Sumalis, in a defence of the OPBF Bantamweight title title.
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