Yesterday we saw Japanese Middleweight hopeful Ryota Murata (7-0, 5) score a 5th round TKO against world ranked Brazilian foe Douglas Damiao Ataide (13-2-1, 6). It was the first stoppage loss of Ataide's career and it was one that will likely result in Murata being given a WBO ranking when the next rankings are published by the organisation.
After the fight Murata's team told the media their man would be fighting overseas next time out and it was hinted that the bout would be in the US with Murata attempting to make a name for himself in the west before a potential world title clash later in the year.
At the moment there doesn't appear to be a date set for his next bout but we know that Murata has a working relationship with American outfit Top Rank Promotions as well as Japanese promotional giant Teiken. It would therefore seem likely that Murata would appear on a Top Rank show, possibly as a main support bout for a HBO card in late summer,
At the moment Murata isn't ready for a world title fight however on the showing against Ataide it's clear he has the ability to go all the way, though needs to sort out a few things. He did however look much better against the Brazilian than he'd looked in previous bouts.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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