According to the Daily Shincho, in an article released earlier today, "sources" in Japan have revealed that an agreement has finally been struck for much talked about contest between Japanese Middleweight star Ryota Murata (16-2, 13) [村田 諒太] and Mexican boxing megastar Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (53-1-2, 36), with a date and venue settled on.
Shincho cite their sources as revealing that the bout will not take place on May 2nd or 3rd, as previously rumoured, but instead May 24th, a Sunday in Japan. It will take place early in the day time in Japan to be shown live at prime time in the US, on Saturday night.
Whilst the hope had been that the bout would take place at the Tokyo Dome that venue wasn't available for any weekend day in May, as previously reported. As a result they had to settle on different venue,but have picked another great one, choosing the Saitama Super Arena. That's the same venue hosted the WBSS Bantamweight final between Naoya Inoue [井上 尚弥] and Nonito Donaire back in November.
The Daily Shincho's article state that their sources said that the original plan had been to get Gennady Golovkin (40-1-1, 35) over to Japan for a May date, with Canelo originally viewed as being the trickier opponent to get over to Japan. As things progressed however talks with Canelo's team went well, leading to that being the bout that was targeted, and then secured and signed.
Interestingly the Saitama Super Arena, which wasn't set up for a fully capacity for the WBSS final, is expected to be set for around 37,000 seats with the belief being this will be the largest audience for an event headlined by a Japanese fighter.
The Daily Shincho has also revealed that the bout is expected to be officially announced in the very near future. It is worth noting though that not all details had been disclosed, such as the agreed weight for the bout, though Murata has stated he's happy to fight at 160lbs or 168lbs. They also didn't have any details on the under-card, though suggested that they were hearing at least one other big bout would be on the show.
It's worth noting that the Daily Shincho is affiliated with the Weekly Shincho, the second highest selling weekly newspaper in Japan.
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