Plans for Ryota Murata
Earlier today Ryota Murata (2-0, 2), like others on the "Ring of Gold" card, was shown off to the public and gave a public work out, showing off his shadow boxing amongst other things.
Whilst the work out was little more than showing off for the cameras the real story came when Bob Arum, pictured with Murata, and Murata began speaking about their future plans.
From what was being quoted it appears that Murata, if he gets past Nascimento as expected, will be returning to Japan for his next fight. For his fifth professional fight however it's likely he'll be going to Singapore and amazingly this is expected in August.
If that goes to plan and Murata moves to 5-0 with out any problems then he is likely to fight once more this year. That bout however doesn't appear to have been planned as of yet, though the clear options are Japan, Macau or possibly his US debut.
If it is Murata's US debut at the end of the year it would have come earlier than anticipated with the Middleweight prospect not actually expected to fight in the US until next year where he's pencilled in for either 1 or 2 bouts, with one of those possibly falling on a Manny Pacquiao undercard. Though of course an extra bout in the US would do him no harm.
Arum stated that his dream is to see Murata in a rematch with Brazil's Esquiva Falcao, a man Murata beat in both the 2011 World Amateur Championships and the 2012 London Olympics. Although Murata is 2-0 against Falcao we do share the same dream as Arum and hope that one day we will get a professional bout between the two amateur rivals. Interestingly however, we wouldn't expect that bout before at least one of them is a world champion.
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