Earlier today saw the official weigh in for Ryota Murata's (3-0, 3) contest with Mexico's Jesus Angel Nerio (12-3, 6).
The bout, agreed at a catchweight of 162lbs, saw Murata weighing in at around 161.3lbs whilst Nerio was just shy of the Middleweight limit, weighing about 159.8lbs.
Although the bout was agreed at a little over the Middleweight limit Murata looked sensational and it does appear that if, or rather when, he's required to make 160lbs he'll have no real issues.
Of course despite the bout being viewed as a mismatch, with odds favouring Murata at an astonishing 1/14, this will b the Japanese star's first scheduled 10 round contest. The longer distance can often be a big test for a fighter and we're expecting to see some new questions asked about Murata, though we do still expect him to come out with the victory.
Sadly we're not aware of the other weigh in results from the card though no news has yet broken of anyone failing to make weight.
In a little bit more news about Murata we've been told that all plans are still on schedule and if he wins here he'll be fighting in Singapore in September before moving on to facing a world ranked opponent next spring in his US debut. The idea seems to be to have several fights in the US next year before targeting a world title bout at the end of the year in either fight #9 or #10.
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