Murata scheduled to fight Mexican Luna on Sept. 5

Jul 24, 2014

Murata scheduled to fight Mexican Luna on Sept. 5

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Middleweight boxer Ryota Murata will square off against Mexico’s Adrian Luna on Sept. 5 at Yoyogi National Gymnasium No. 2 in his fifth professional fight, his management team, Teiken Promotions, announced on Thursday. Japanese world champions Akira Yaegashi and Naoya Inoue were previously scheduled ...

Murata determined to make major impact

Jul 21, 2014

Murata determined to make major impact

by Kaz Nagatsuka

For Ryota Murata, the middleweight gold medal he earned in London wields power. Now a professional boxer, Murata has quickly transformed himself into a national icon in his Olympic-crazed homeland. His public presence isn’t just limited to the boxing ring. Murata has also become ...

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 ...

Aug 27, 2013

Boxing: Murata receives top Japanese middleweight rank

London Olympic champion Ryota Murata, who scored a technical knockout of Oriental and Pacific Federation champion Akio Shibata in his pro debut Sunday, has been promoted to the No. 1 Japanese middleweight rank, the Japan Boxing Commission announced after a unanimous vote on Tuesday. ...

Olympic champ Murata beats Shibata in pro debut

Aug 25, 2013

Olympic champ Murata beats Shibata in pro debut

London Olympic champion Ryota Murata scored a second-round stoppage of Akio Shibata, the Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation middleweight champion, in his pro debut nontitle match in Tokyo on Sunday. Murata stunned Shibata with a right jab that sent his opponent down in the ...