Japanese star Ryota Murata (2-0, 2) may only be preparing for his 3rd professional contest but it seems that he and his handlers are already plotting their route to a world title fight.
Murata, who meets Carlos Nascimento (29-3, 23) on February 22nd, is going to try and fight in 4 fights this year. They aren't supposed to be world level bouts but they are each expected to be a big step up as the Olympic champion continues his fast-tracked development.
If Murata is, as expected, 6-0 at the end of this year he'll be hoping to have a very aggressive 2015 as he looks to be fast tracked through the rankings and to a title fight.
Although no stringent plans have been set it's expected that Murata will begin 2015 with a fight in Las Vegas against a world ranked opponent. This will be followed by 2 more developmental fights before he challenges for a world title at the end of 2015 in what would be his 10th professional contest.
Whilst these plans aren't set in stone and will obviously change if things don't progress as expected it's certainly good to see such plans set down already. There is no long game here and Top Rank and Teiken both seem to know they have a guy who doesn't need to waste his time fighting at a low level for too much longer.
In regards to Murata's immediate future it seems that if he gets past Nascimento, as expected, he'll be fighting again soon, possibly as soon as May with Singapore and Japan both possible venues. It's then expected that he'll fight again in September before possibly fighting once more before the year is out.
Having been in the US since January 11th Murata's training appears to have gone excellently and he'll be returning to Japan on February 10th to finish off his preparation for the bout with Nascimento in Macau.
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