On Wednesday Teiken chairman Akihiko Honda announced that a deal had been struck for 2012 Olympic Gold medal winner Ryota Murata (7-0, 5) to make his US debut in November on a Top Rank promoted card.
At the moment Honda seemed to suggest that a set date and venue hadn't been decided on, with Japanese papers reporting that Murata's debut could be in Las Vegas, Los Angeles or California, though reports from the US have suggested that Top Rank are hoping to put him on the November 7th card headlined by a WBO Welterweight title fight between Timothy Bradley and Brandon Rios in Las Vegas.
Honda is said to have stated that no opponent has yet been set for his Middleweight star but that the idea of the bout is to increase Murata's name around the world before a world title fight in 2016.
Strangely Honda is also said to have said that Murata will be one of two Olympic champions on the card with Russian fighter Egor Mekhontsev (10-0, 7) also targeted for the same show. This would seemingly rule out the Bradley/Rios card, which will instead feature Vasyl Lomachenko, though Top could well sell the show on the fact 3 Olympic champions would be in supporting roles to the all-US world title bout. Saying all that however it does seem likely that Arum will be the one calling the shots and Top Rank could well be having a bumper show on November 7th, to try and make up for their lack of recent activity.
It had previously been hoped that Murata would debut in the US in September, specifically on September 11th, but an injury suffered in training scuppered those plans pushing his US back several months and really closing the door on any potential world title fight for this year.
For those who haven't seen Murata we've included his most recent bout below, 5th round destruction of the then world ranked Brazilian Douglas Damiao Ataide.
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