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 ...

May 16, 2014

Jamaican sprinter Blake yearns for cricket future

Jamaican sprinter Yohan Blake revealed on Friday that he would like to play for English county cricket team Yorkshire when he ends his athletics career. “I’m OK, you know. I can make the England team,” the 24-year-old double Olympic silver medalist joked on BBC ...

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 ...

Wrestler Yoshida captures 11th national title

Dec 23, 2013

Wrestler Yoshida captures 11th national title

Saori Yoshida captured her 11th women’s 55-kg title on Monday, the final day of the Japan national championships. Yoshida, who has won 11 consecutive world championships and three straight Olympic gold medals in the division, defeated Chiho Hamada in the final to resume her ...

Swimmer Terakawa confirms retirement is official

Dec 4, 2013

Swimmer Terakawa confirms retirement is official

London Olympic double bronze medalist Aya Terakawa on Wednesday announced she has decided to call time on her career. “I have been able to continue competing on the front line longer than I thought I would,” the 29-year-old Terakawa told a news conference. “I ...

Nov 12, 2013

Former world champion judoka Ueno decides to retire

Yoshie Ueno, a former world champion and London Olympic bronze medalist, formally announced her retirement from competitive judo on Tuesday. The 30-year-old Ueno, who was third in the 63-kg division at London last summer and won the worlds back-to-back in 2009 and 2010, will ...

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. ...

Jun 5, 2013

London Olympic middleweight champion Murata to join Top Rank

London Olympic middleweight gold medalist Ryota Murata will sign a contract with major U.S. boxing promotion company Top Rank, his promoter Teiken Promotions said Tuesday. The 27-year-old Murata, who became Japan’s first Olympic boxing champion in 48 years last summer at the London Games ...