January 11, 2014


Ex-Olympic gold medalist in London, Japanese middleweight prospect Ryota Murata (2-0, 2 KOs) will take on a more experienced Brazilian, ex-world challenger Carlos Nascimento (29-3, 23 KOs) in a show dubbed gRing of Goldh in Macao on February 22, Teiken Promotions of Japan announced yesterday (Thursday). Murata, a hard-punching six-footer, decked a fine victory in his pro debut, dispatching current OPBF 160-pound ruler Akio Shibata in two pulsating sessions with his promoter Top Rank CEO Bob Arum in attendance last August. His second appearance resulted in a tough but eventually successful triumph as he finally caught Dave Peterson from Minnesota en route to an eighth and final round stoppage in December.

His third opponent will be the Brazilian veteran who once had an ambitious crack at the WBO 154-pound throne against Serhiy Dzinziruk, succumbing in eleven rounds in Germany in 2007. Nascimiento has won his last four bouts after he failed to win the vacant WBA inter-continental 160-pound belt via third round TKO defeat in 2010. It is fun for us to watch Muratafs steady improvement under the tutelage of Cuban trainer Ismael Salas, who coaches the bright prospect in Las Vegas. Murata will stay and train there for a month there as he left Tokyo for Vegas yesterday.

Also, Teiken Promoitons has announced that a once-informed world title shot of Akifumi Shimoda, a Japanese southpaw speedster, against newly crowned WBA featherweight super champ Simpiwe Vetyeka on the same show in Macao was cancelled since Vetyeka will have to face WBA regular titlist Nicholas Waters, an unbeaten Jamaican, who acquired the vacant belt by halting Daulis Prescott in his native country in 2012. Vetyeya lately dethroned previously unbeaten Indonesian Chris John in six upset rounds this December. Shimoda, who once briefly held the WBA 122-pound belt, may have an opportunity to have his coronation in prospect in the near future after Vetcheka faces Walters by April due to the WBAfs order.


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