We know that this weekend sees Ryota Murata (8-0, 5) [村田 諒太] return to the ring for his first bout of 2016, as he takes on Gaston Alejandro Vega (24-10-1-1, 10) in Shanghai. It seems however that that bout will just be the start of a very busy year for Murata, who's team have stated that they want to keep their guy very busy this year.
Whilst the immediate future is the bout with Vega the idea then is to get over to the US for a training camp in mid-March before returning to the ring in late Spring, or early summer. The hope then is to squeeze in another bout, likely against a solid name fighter, before an eventual world title bout at the end of the year.
Murata's team know that if he's to have a chance at actually winning a world title he needs to be well prepared and for that they are talking about getting him sparring with some top American based fighters, who can show him new things, including world class speed, movement and angles.
Whilst no names have been mentioned for Murata's future bouts it seems clear that Teiken are talking as if Murata will be stepped up significantly this year, a move that really is due and hopefully the step up in class won't be met with another under-whelming performance by the Olympic golden boy.
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