Fearsome fighter: Ryota Murata adds weight to his reputation with his 10th victory as a pro
Poster boy of Japanese boxing boosts his chances of shot at a world title after fourth-round stoppage of Brazilian opponent Felipe Pedroso
London Games Olympic champion Ryota Murata of Japan enhanced his growing reputation as a fearsome middleweight fighter, scoring his 10th straight victory as a professional on the undercard of “Clash of Champions”.
The 28-year-old Tokyo-based fighter is hoping to get a future shot at the world title in one of the toughest divisions in boxing, but he did his reputation a tonne of good with a fourth-round stoppage of Brazilian fighter Felipe Pedroso.
“I came here in good form and I felt good throughout the fight,” said Murata, who raised his record to 10-0, 7 KOs.
“I always had the measure of him and I ended the fight well,” said the 28-year-old Japanese, who was the first from his country in nearly 50 years to win a boxing gold in London.
Pedroso came into the ring at the Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai with a decent record of 13-1, 11 KOs, but it was clear from the onset that he was no match for the talented 1.8-metre-tall Japanese.
Murata was always on the offensive and gradually wore his opponent down, throwing heavy uppercuts and jabs combined with lethal left and right hooks.
The poster boy of Japanese boxing, whose movie star looks match his talent in the ring, only suffered a slight hiccup when he lost his balance in the middle of the third round and slipped through the ropes. But he regained full control, delivering a knockout performance in the fourth round that ended the contest.
The Olympic champion scored a left jab that wobbled Pedroso and Murata went for the kill, delivering his payload with unanswered blows before the referee stopped the fight two minutes, 50 seconds into the fourth round.