In October of 2018 Japan’s Ryota Murata defended his WBA World Middleweight title against America’s Robert “Bravo” Brant losing a decision and his title belt in Las Vegas, NV.
Brant won a by a wide margin and is confident enough to give the former champion Murata the same opportunity he was given. Not only that but he is willing to go to the country of the now challenger. Teiken Promotions and Top Rank Boxing will co-promote the event over ESPN+.
In the Main Event Brant, 25-1 (17), out of Dallas, TX, is a heavy favorite to defeat No. 4 ranked and the 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist Murata, 14-2 (11), of Tokyo, JAP, in a scheduled 12 round bout.
For Murata it will be a second time he has gotten a rematch after a loss. He lost to Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam, in trying to win the vacant WBA World Middleweight title in Tokyo, losing by split decision in May of 2016. The fight was close enough to demand a rematch and that they did in October of 2017. In that bout Murata didn’t leave it up to the judges stopping N’Jikam in the seventh round while ahead on all three judge’s scorecards.
The winner will be looking for a unification match with WBO World Middleweight champion Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade, 28-0 (17), of the US. This would give the winner a solid reason to unify the entire middleweight organizations with a showdown against WBC & WBA champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.