In late July we reported that Japanese Middleweight hopeful Ryota Murata (7-0, 5) had suffered an injury to his shoulder which had forced the cancellation of a planned September bout in the US. Following that news it was hinted that Murata would be making his return to the ring in October in what would be his US debut.
Today Murata was quoted, on the Teiken website, as saying his return would likely come in October or November. This would mean that his US debut may have been pushed back a further month, however it seemed clear but that no plans had been set in stone.
Whilst the date of his comeback isn't clear it does seem like the shoulder injury has been completely sorted with Murata seemingly back to training and using the right hand as he had been prior to the injury.
Interestingly the same article on the Teiken website states that Murata is likely to be attending a friend's wedding in the Middle of November, which would make us suspect that his return would be in the early portion of the month so that he could attend the wedding. Whilst this isn't confirmed it does seem to be something that makes a lot of sense.
Prior to his next bout Murata will be doing work for WOWOW, for whom he will be acting as an analyst ahead of WOWOW's broadcast of the recent IBF Middleweight title fight between David Lemieux and Hassan N'Dam N'Jikan.
(Image courtesy of Teiken)
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