Murata earns fourth-round TKO

Feb 22, 2014

Murata earns fourth-round TKO

London Olympic middleweight gold medalist Ryota Murata scored a fourth-round technical knockout of Brazilian Carlos Nascimento in his third professional boxing nontitle bout on Saturday. The referee stepped in to stop the bout 43 seconds into the fourth round at Cotai Arena at the ...

Feb 13, 2014

Light flyweight Inoue gets WBC title shot on April 6

Naoya Inoue will take his first crack at a world title in April, when he fights WBC light flyweight champion Adrian Hernandez of Mexico, Ohashi Gym said Thursday. The fight, scheduled for April 6 at Ota City General Gymnasium, will be the sixth of ...

Yamanaka knocks out Guevara to retain bantamweight title

Nov 10, 2013

Yamanaka knocks out Guevara to retain bantamweight title

WBC bantamweight champion Shinsuke Yamanaka defended his title for a fifth time with a ninth-round knockout of Mexican Alberto Guevara on Sunday in Tokyo. Japanese southpaw Yamanaka hit the challenger with a left hand — dubbed “God’s left” by his fans — 25 seconds ...

Jun 7, 2013

Tomoki Kameda gets WBO bantamweight title shot

Tomoki Kameda will take on champion Paulus Ambunda of Namibia for the WBO bantamweight title in Cebu in the Philippines on Aug. 1, the Kameda gym announced on Thursday. “I’m simply delighted. Finally the moment has come,” said Kameda, the youngest of the three ...

Comedian 'Shizu-chan' keeps boxing after Olympic bid dashed

May 31, 2013

Comedian 'Shizu-chan' keeps boxing after Olympic bid dashed


Comedian Shizuyo Yamasaki continues to fight despite her failed attempt to compete in the women’s boxing competition at the 2012 London Olympics. The 34-year-old Yamasaki, better known as “Shizu-chan,” was among 16 fighters at the first Challenge Match competition held in Japan for nonprofessional ...

Feb 3, 2013

Olympic boxing gold medalist Murata mulls turning pro

Middleweight Ryota Murata, who became Japan’s first Olympic boxing champion in 48 years last summer at the London Games, revealed Saturday he is thinking of turning pro. “It’s true that I have been thinking about that world,” the 27-year-old told reporters. “But the truth ...