By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda
Japanese national hero, 2012 Olympic gold medalist and WBA middleweight champ Ryota Murata (14-1, 11 KOs) will invade Las Vegas to defend his belt against mandatory contender Rob Brant (23-1, 16 KOs) on October 20. It was publicly announced by Teiken Promotions yesterday.
Murata, 32, was once slated to face unbeaten Irish James Quigley on the same fight date, but the WBA’s order for a mandatory defense eventually changed the challenger after reportedly tough negotiations. Continue reading “Murata to defend WBA 160lb belt against Brant in US”