By Joe Koizumi
Former Olympic gold medalist in the middleweight category in London, unbeaten Ryota Murata (3-0, 3 KOs) will face Mexican Jesus Nerio (12-3, 6 KOs) in his fourth professional bout next Thursday (May 22) in Koyoto, Japan. Having dispatched current OPBF 160-pound titlist Akio Shibata in two quick rounds of his pro debut last August, the hard-punching Murata collected a couple of victims in Dave Peterson of US (TKO8) here and Brazilian Carlos Nascimento (TKO4) in Macao. He has shown good improvements and adjustment to the professional way of fighting so that our experts and fans look forward to his further development in every bout.
Murata, 28, participated in a public workout by sparring with Mike Jones from Las Vegas before press people on Thursday. Murata said, “I’m a genuine fighter, and will try to destroy my opponent with my physical power and punching power as well. I’ll show my aggressive style to the audience.” We expect his steady growth in the paid ranks as the level of his opposition will be up from now on.