Japan's Olympic gold medal winner Ryota Murata (2-0, 2) scored his second straight professional victory as he defeated tough American Dave Peterson (13-2, 8) in what we would describe as an excellent developmental fight.
Although many eyes were rolled when Peterson was announced as Murata's second professional opponent the choice turned out to be perfect. They had selected a very game, tough opponent who came to win. Sure he was naturally smaller than Murata and less skilled but he still came to win rather than fall over and in the opening round certainly showed Murata a few things he hadn't seen before.
Despite being tested Murata always looked in control. The bursts of aggression from Peterson were neutralised somewhat by the pure strength of Murata who looked almost impervious to the shots of Peterson.
What was more shocking than the fact Peterson had come to win was the fact he was able to take the bombs from Murata and quickly recover. The first 5 rounds saw him eating plenty but then fighting back almost immediately. By the end of round 6 however he was slowly and the fight seemed to be getting out of him. With only 2 rounds left however it seemed likely that Peterson was going to hear the final bell.
After surviving a bit of a pasting in round 7 Peterson got on his bike in round 8. Unfortunately for the American the bike had a flat tire and Murata went on an all out offensive forcing a count against him. From then on it was a race against time as to whether or not Murata would be able to force the stoppage against a very weary looking Peterson. Murata, determined to finish the show did just that that midway in the 8th.
Although people will criticise the opponent in some circles Murata was just fighting his second professional contest and he's impressively gone the better part of 8 rounds. There is little more you can ask of a fighter at this stage. Sure there were flaws in his fighting and they will need sorting out, but a fight like this helped to safely expose some of those issues, including the fact Murata does look fairly predictable. If they go back to the gym and work on those issues then there's not much more you can ask.
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