Japan's Olympic hero Ryota Murata (3-0, 3) continued to impress as he took a big step up in class and defeated former world title challenger Carlos Nascimento (29-4, 23)
The fight started slowly with little thrown in the first 30 seconds though the fight started to heat up and after a minute both were taking it in turns to fire off shots. Unfortunately for the Brazilian his shots didn't have the power or accuracy to make Murata respect him whilst Murata's shots seemed to shake Nascimento almost every time they landed.
Worryingly for Nascimento it was clear Murata was merely fighting in first gear. He was cruising through the opening round and trying to see Nascimento really had and whether the Brazilian was as much of a puncher as his reputation indicated.
The second round of the fight looked like a public sparring exhibition from Murata who put his foot on the gas slightly and started to punch Nascimento around the ring. By the early stages of round 3 it seemed clear that Nascimento was getting beaten down and Murata could feel it as he began to unload shots at will on Nascimento who was eventually dropped.
Despite Nascimento having managed to see out the third round the ending seemed inevitable and a follow up attack early in round 4 forced the referee to step in and wave it off. By the point of the stoppage it had began to look like Nascimento was little more than a human punch bag taking big shots with out throwing anything back at all.
Although Murata had travelled from Japan he did seem to have a huge following in Macau and got huge cheers at both the start and end of his fight. We're going to assume that they were Japanese fans who followed Murata over to Macau showing just how big his draw is even at this early stage of his career.
(Photo courtesy of TopRank and Chris Farina)
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