On May 1st Fuji TV will be airing a very interesting card from the Ota-City General Gymnasium in Tokyo. The card will feature former world champion Akira Yaegashi (20-5, 10) as well as a WBC Super Featherweight world title bout between the exciting champion Takashi Miura (28-2-2, 21) and former IBF Featherweight champion Billy Dib (39-3-0-1, 23).
Despite the world title bout the main event will actually be a 10 round non-title bout featuring 2012 Olympic gold medal winner Ryota Murata (6-0, 4) who will be facing his first world ranked opponent, Douglas Damiao Ataide (13-1-1, 6), who is currently ranked #15 by the WBO. The bout has been given the higher billing due to Murata's fame as well as the the match up with a Fui TV representative explaining how the bout deserved more focus.
In fairness to Fuji TV we do actually expect Murata Vs Ataide to be a much more competitive bout than the world title bout, which we suspect will be a major mismatch in favour of the defending champion. The move however has been described as being "super unusual" by the Japanese press.
It seems that Murata knows the responsibility of the main event status and has said that he will be hunting a KO. He's sounded very confident and appears to also be rather relieved as Ataide isn't the giant he was expecting. From what we understand reports listed Ataide as being 6'4", which would have made him a massive Middleweight. We now understand that he is closer to 6'1", not much taller than Murata himself.
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