More Sports 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. According ...

Olympic champ Murata beats Shibata in pro debut

More Sports 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 first ...

More Sports 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 is ...