This coming Saturday sees Japanese Middleweight hopeful Ryota Murata (8-0, 5) [村田 諒太] return to action as he faces Argentinian veteran Gaston Alejandro Vega (24-10-1, 10) in Shanghai.
Today saw Murata leave his homeland and head to Shanghai for that bout as he looked to leave a positive impression on representatives from both his Japanese promoter, Teiken, and his American promoter, Top Rank who are the promoters of the show.
The bout will be Murata's first bout of 2016 and will be his first bout since a less than spectacular performance against Gunnar Jackson, last November in what was Murata's US debut. That was a performance that seemed to disappoint fans, as well as Murata's team and the fighter himself. As a result he knows he needs to impress here and he seems confident that he will.
Although it's now more than 2 years ago since Murata made his highly anticipated debut, beating Akio Shibata, his progress has been slower than expected and at 30 years old it's thought that this year will have to be one where he makes great strides towards becoming a world champion.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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