MURATA HALTS PEDROSO IN HONG KONG EN ROUTE TO LAS VEGAS


May 14, 2016

HONG KONG, CHINA

2012 Olympic gold medalist, world-rated middleweight Ryota Murata (10-0, 7 KOs), 160, impressively scored a fine TKO victory over Brazilian Felipe Santos Pedroso (13-2, 11 KOs), 159, at 2:50 of the fourth round on Saturday in Hong Kong. The unbeaten Japanese took the initiative from the outset, throwing solid jabs and strong left-right combinations with precision to have him reeling to the ropes. Murata positively maintained the pressure and hurt the Brazilian with straight punches at his proper distance, winning a point in every session. The fourth witnessed Murata, taller and stronger than the bewildered and battered Brazilian, accelerate his furious attack and almost topple him with a vicious overhand right, just when the referee made a well-timed stoppage to save the loser. Bob Arum, the promoter with Murata under his wing in attendance, mentioned the Japanese star would appear in his promotion in Las Vegas on July 23, when Terence Crawford will square off against another champ Viktor Postol in a sensational unification bout. Murata, a champion in the making, showed his steady improvement this night and hopes to have a world title shot in the near future with the high expectations of Japanese fight fans.

(5-14-2016)


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