Ryota Murata
Weightclass:
Middleweight
Age:
29
Birthplace:
Nara, Nara Prefecture, Japan
Record:
7-0, 5 KOs
Height:
6’0”
Reach:
Managers:
Akihiko Honda
Trainers:
Ismael Salas
biography

Ranked WBC #6, IBF #8, WBO #10 at middleweight…
2012 Olympics (amateur), 165 pounds – Gold Medalist…
2011 World Championships (amateur), 165 pounds – Silver Medalist…
2011 President's Cup (amateur), 165 pounds – Gold Medalist…

At the age of 29, Ryota is a two-year pro. A sensational prospect at 160 pounds, he is a former international amateur standout and the middleweight gold medalist at the 2012 Olympics.
He has stayed active in the ring, stepped up in class of opposition in recent fights, and given consistently impressive performances as a pro. He has gone the full 10-round distance two times, and already broken into the Top 10 world rankings..
In his last fight on May 1 in Tokyo, he won by firth-round TKO agianst Damiao Ataide.
Joe Koizumi reported from ringside [excerpts]: Olympic gold medalist Ryota Murata scored his career-best stoppage over WBO #15 Damiao Ataide, from Brazil, over ten frames….
Murata returned his original peek-a-boo style with which he had gained the gold medal in London, and almost perfectly blocked Ataide’s busy combinations and retaliated with heavier punches to the face and the belly. Ataide accelerated his attack to have Murata on the defensive in the third and fourth, but the Japanese was patient enough to wait for openings to fight back with his powerful rights.
Just after the fatal fifth started, Murata exploded a very strong right to the neck under the ear, dropping Ataide on the deck. The Brazilian was on the feet, but Murata furiously swarmed over him and decked him again with a fusillade of punches to have the referee declare a well-timed halt.
It seems the best stoppage that Murata displayed after he began fighting in the paid ranks in August 2013. [End Koizumi item]
After Ryota's pro debut on August 25, 2013 – a second-round TKO...
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fight history
Fight by Fight – 2015 – in his last fight on 5-1-15 in Tokyo, JAP, he won by TKO (5th round) against Damaio Ataide (13-1-1): the scheduled 10-rounder was co-featured with Takashi Miura-Billy Dib main event, and it was a good fight; Ataide gave a strong effort and kept a busy pace, but Ryota boxed well and landed the harder punches; he scored a knockdown with a right hand early in the 5th round – Ataide got up, but Ryota scored another knockdown with a series of punches and the referee stopped the fight at 0:38; after four rounds, Ryota led by scores of 39-37, 40-36, 38-38…
 
2014 – on 12-30-14 in Tokyo he won a 10 round unanimous decision against Jessie Nicklow (24-4-3): the bout was one of the co-features with the Naoya Inoue-Omar Narvaez main event, and Ryota dominated the fight; Nicklow gave a determined effort and pressed forward; Ryota was cut, but consistently outboxed and outworked him, and landed the harder punches; scored 100-90, 100-90, 100-91…
On 9-5-14 in Tokyo he won a 10 round unanimous decision against Mexican middleweight champion Adrian Luna (17-2-1): the bout was one of the co-features with the Roman Gonzalez-Akira Yaegashi main event; Ryota dominated the fight and won by scores of 99-91, 98-92, 100-90…
On 5-22-14 in Kyoto, JAP, he won by knockout (6th round) against Jesus Nerio (12-3): the scheduled 10-rounder headlined at the Shimazu Arena; Nerio gave a good effort, but Ryota dominated the fight; he consistently outworked Nerio and landed the harder punches, and staggered him late in the 5th round; Ryota scored two knockdowns in the 6th – the first with a series of punches, the second with a right hand – and Nerio was counted out at 2:35; after five rounds, Ryota led by scores of 50-45, 50-45, 49-46…
On 2-22-14 in Macau, CHI, he won by TKO...
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background
AMATEUR BACKGROUND: Ryota reportedly had 138 amateur fights, with a record of 119-19…he reportedly won five national championships in Japan…
He finished his sensational amateur boxing career in 2012 with the sport’s top prize – an Olympic gold medal…
AIBA reported on its website [aiba.org, Oct. 15, 2012 - excerpts]:
MURATA'S TRIUMPH IN LONDON PUT BOXING BACK ON THE MAP IN JAPAN
In a country with a rich heritage in combat sports, Japan has waited a long time to find a new boxing hero but that all changed this summer at the ExCeL Arena.
Two months on from the London 2012 Olympic Games, middleweight superstar Ryota Murata is still basking in the glory of capturing his country's first boxing gold medal since 1964.
Impressive with his unique blend of poise and power, he delighted the crowds at the ExCeL arena every time he took to the ring as he emulated his compatriot Takao Sakurai's final victory at the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games.
After being crowned Amateur boxer of the year in Japan in both 2005 and 2011, he received the Metropolitan Sport Award in 2012 and the Nara Citizens Honour Award after his heroics in London. Boxing is now back on the map in Japan….
Murata is the hundredth gold medalist for Japan in their Olympic history. It is Japan's first boxing gold medal since Takao Sakurai won in the bantamweight class in 1964, and also is the first-ever boxing medal in a weight class other than bantamweight or flyweight. [End AIBA item]
AMATEUR HIGHLIGHTS:
2012 OLYMPICS – London England, 165 pounds – GOLD MEDALIST: in his first fight on 8-2-12 he won a 21-12 decision against Abdelmalek Rahou of Algeria; in the quarterfinals on 8-6-12 he won a 17-13 decision against Adem Kilici of Turkey; in the semifinals on 8-10-12 he won a 13-12 decision against Abbos Atoyev of Uzbekistan; in the finals on...
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Biography
  • Ranked WBC #6, IBF #8, WBO #10 at middleweight…
  • 2012 Olympics (amateur), 165 pounds – Gold Medalist…
  • 2011 World Championships (amateur), 165 pounds – Silver Medalist…
  • 2011 President's Cup (amateur), 165 pounds – Gold Medalist…

At the age of 29, Ryota is a two-year pro. A sensational prospect at 160 pounds, he is a former international amateur standout and the middleweight gold medalist at the 2012 Olympics.

He has stayed active in the ring, stepped up in class of opposition in recent fights, and given consistently impressive performances as a pro. He has gone the full 10-round distance two times, and already broken into the Top 10 world rankings..

In his last fight on May 1 in Tokyo, he won by firth-round TKO agianst Damiao Ataide.

Joe Koizumi reported from ringside [excerpts]: Olympic gold medalist Ryota Murata scored his career-best stoppage over WBO #15 Damiao Ataide, from Brazil, over ten frames….

Murata returned his original peek-a-boo style with which he had gained the gold medal in London, and almost perfectly blocked Ataide’s busy combinations and retaliated with heavier punches to the face and the belly. Ataide accelerated his attack to have Murata on the defensive in the third and fourth, but the Japanese was patient enough to wait for openings to fight back with his powerful rights.

Just after the fatal fifth started, Murata exploded a very strong right to the neck under the ear, dropping Ataide on the deck. The Brazilian was on the feet, but Murata furiously swarmed over him and decked him again with a fusillade of punches to have the referee declare a well-timed halt.

It seems the best stoppage that Murata displayed after he began fighting in the paid ranks in August 2013. [End Koizumi item]

After Ryota's pro debut on August 25, 2013 – a second-round TKO win against OPBF middleweight champion Akio ShibataDan Rafael wrote on ESPN.com [excerpts]: Murata won Olympic gold for Japan in the 2012 London Games, becoming the first Japanese boxer to win a gold medal since Takao Sakurai in the 1964 Tokyo Games. Murata is also the first Japanese fighter to win an Olympic medal in a division other than bantamweight or flyweight. [End Rafael item]

Fight History

Fight by Fight – 2015 – in his last fight on 5-1-15 in Tokyo, JAP, he won by TKO (5th round) against Damaio Ataide (13-1-1): the scheduled 10-rounder was co-featured with Takashi Miura-Billy Dib main event, and it was a good fight; Ataide gave a strong effort and kept a busy pace, but Ryota boxed well and landed the harder punches; he scored a knockdown with a right hand early in the 5th round – Ataide got up, but Ryota scored another knockdown with a series of punches and the referee stopped the fight at 0:38; after four rounds, Ryota led by scores of 39-37, 40-36, 38-38…

 

2014 – on 12-30-14 in Tokyo he won a 10 round unanimous decision against Jessie Nicklow (24-4-3): the bout was one of the co-features with the Naoya Inoue-Omar Narvaez main event, and Ryota dominated the fight; Nicklow gave a determined effort and pressed forward; Ryota was cut, but consistently outboxed and outworked him, and landed the harder punches; scored 100-90, 100-90, 100-91…

On 9-5-14 in Tokyo he won a 10 round unanimous decision against Mexican middleweight champion Adrian Luna (17-2-1): the bout was one of the co-features with the Roman Gonzalez-Akira Yaegashi main event; Ryota dominated the fight and won by scores of 99-91, 98-92, 100-90…

On 5-22-14 in Kyoto, JAP, he won by knockout (6th round) against Jesus Nerio (12-3): the scheduled 10-rounder headlined at the Shimazu Arena; Nerio gave a good effort, but Ryota dominated the fight; he consistently outworked Nerio and landed the harder punches, and staggered him late in the 5th round; Ryota scored two knockdowns in the 6th – the first with a series of punches, the second with a right hand – and Nerio was counted out at 2:35; after five rounds, Ryota led by scores of 50-45, 50-45, 49-46…

On 2-22-14 in Macau, CHI, he won by TKO (4th round) against Carlos Nascimento (29-3): the scheduled 8-rounder was on the undercard of the Zou Shiming-Yokthong Kokietgym main event; Nascimento gave a good effort, but Ryota quickly overpowered him; he scored a knockdown with a left hook to the body in 3rd round, then scored another knockdown with a series of punches in the 4th and the referee stopped the fight at 0:43; after three rounds, Ryota led by scores of 30-26 on all three scorecards…

 

2013 – on 12-6-13 in Tokyo he won by TKO (8th round) against David Peterson (13-1): the scheduled 8-rounder was on the undercard of the Akira Yaegashi-Edgar Sosa main event; Peterson gave a determined effort, but Ryota dominated the fight, landed the harder punches, and steadily wore him down; he scored a knockdown with a series of punches in the 8th round, and the referee stopped the fight at 1:20; after seven rounds, Ryota led by scores of 70-63, 70-63, 69-64…

He made his debut at the age of 27 on 8-25-13 in Tokyo and won by TKO (2nd round) against OPBF middleweight champion Akio Shibata (21-7-1): the scheduled 6-rounder headlined at Ariake Coliseum, and Ryota quickly overpowered him; he scored a knockdown with a right hand in the 1st round, then staggered Shibata with a series of punches in the 2nd and the referee stopped the fight at 2:24…

Amateur / Personal Background

AMATEUR BACKGROUND: Ryota reportedly had 138 amateur fights, with a record of 119-19…he reportedly won five national championships in Japan…

He finished his sensational amateur boxing career in 2012 with the sport’s top prize – an Olympic gold medal…

AIBA reported on its website [aiba.org, Oct. 15, 2012 - excerpts]:

MURATA'S TRIUMPH IN LONDON PUT BOXING BACK ON THE MAP IN JAPAN

In a country with a rich heritage in combat sports, Japan has waited a long time to find a new boxing hero but that all changed this summer at the ExCeL Arena.

Two months on from the London 2012 Olympic Games, middleweight superstar Ryota Murata is still basking in the glory of capturing his country's first boxing gold medal since 1964.

Impressive with his unique blend of poise and power, he delighted the crowds at the ExCeL arena every time he took to the ring as he emulated his compatriot Takao Sakurai's final victory at the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games.

After being crowned Amateur boxer of the year in Japan in both 2005 and 2011, he received the Metropolitan Sport Award in 2012 and the Nara Citizens Honour Award after his heroics in London. Boxing is now back on the map in Japan….

Murata is the hundredth gold medalist for Japan in their Olympic history. It is Japan's first boxing gold medal since Takao Sakurai won in the bantamweight class in 1964, and also is the first-ever boxing medal in a weight class other than bantamweight or flyweight. [End AIBA item]

AMATEUR HIGHLIGHTS:

2012 OLYMPICS – London England, 165 pounds – GOLD MEDALIST: in his first fight on 8-2-12 he won a 21-12 decision against Abdelmalek Rahou of Algeria; in the quarterfinals on 8-6-12 he won a 17-13 decision against Adem Kilici of Turkey; in the semifinals on 8-10-12 he won a 13-12 decision against Abbos Atoyev of Uzbekistan; in the finals on 8-11-12 he won a 14-13 decision against Esquiva Falcao of Brazil; The Mainichi [Japan] reported from ringside [excerpts]: “Murata entered the ring smiling as always, while his wife Yoshiko watched from the stands. When the fight ended and the judges met to decide the winner, Murata raised his arms in apparent confidence of his victory. When a referee held up Murata's hand, Yoshiko jumped ecstatically.”…

2011 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS – Baku, Azerbaijan, 165 pounds – SILVER MEDALIST: in his first fight on 9-26-11 he stopped Leandro Sanchez of Argentina in the 2nd round; in his second fight on 10-1-11 he stopped Abbos Atoyev of Uzbekistan in the 3rd round; in his third fight on 10-3-11 he won a 22-11 decision against Mohammad Sattarpoor of Iran; in his fourth fight on 10-4-11 he won an 18-15 decision against Stefan Haertel of Germany; in the quarterfinals on 10-5-11 he won an 18-9 decision against Darren O'Neill of Ireland; in the semifinals on 10-7-11 he won a 24-11 decision against Esquiva Falcao of Brazil; in the finals on 10-8-11 he lost a 24-22 decision against Evhen Khytrov of Ukraine...

2011 ASIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS – Incheon, South Korea, 165 pounds: in his first fight on 8-5-11 stopped Zhang Jianting of China in the 2nd round; in the quarterfinals on 8-8-11 he lost a 23-14 decision against Shukhrat Abdullayev of Uzbekistan...

2011 PRESIDENT'S CUP – Jakarta, Indonesia, 165 pounds – GOLD MEDALIST: in his first fight on 7-3-11 he stopped Anatoliy Klinkov of Russiain the 1st round; in the quarterfinals on 7-5-11 he stopped Yang Yu Ting of Taipei in the 2nd round; in the semifinals on 7-7-11 he stopped Jong-Yeob Lee of Korea in the 2nd round; in the finals on 7-8-11 he stopped Arslanbek Achilov of Turkey in the 3rd round...

2010 CHINA OPEN – Guiyang, China, 175 pounds – BRONZE MEDALIST: in the quarterfinals (his first fight) on 4-7-10 he won a 21-2 decision against Odai Alhindawi of Jordan; in the semifinals on 4-9-10 he lost a 7-1 decision against Husan Baimatov of Kazakhstan...

2009 JAPANESE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS – Chiba, Japan, 165 pounds – GOLD MEDALIST: in the quarterfinals (his first fight) on 11-20-09 he stopped Yusuke Nisato in the 2nd round; in the semifinals on 11-21-09 he stopped Tetsuya Ishikawa in the 2nd round; in the finals on 11-22-09 he stopped Kentaro Hayashi in the 1st round...

2008 ASIAN OLYMPIC QUALIFIER – Astana, Kazakhstan, 165 pounds: in the quarterfinals (his first fight) on 3-20-08 he lost an 18-12 decision against Hamyoun Amiri of Iran...

2007 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS – Chicago, Illinois, 165 pounds: in his first fight on 10-24-07 he won a 24-22 decision against Donatas Bondorovas of Lithuania; in his second fight on 10-27-07 he lost a 17-12 decision against Shawn Estrada of the United States...

2006 ASIAN GAMES – Doha, Qatar, 165 pounds: in his first fight on 12-5-06 he lost a 24-5 decision against Bakhtyar Artayev of Kazakhstan...

2005 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS – Mianyang, China, 165 pounds: in his first fight on 11-13-05 he was stopped against Nikolajs Grisunins of Latvia [no round reported]...

From wikipedia.com [excerpts]: Murata began boxing when in first grade at his junior high school. His talents were quickly identified by resident coach Hiroaki Takami, who was a former national champion and competed at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games. He regularly attended the Shinko Boxing Gym in Osaka to train with former Japanese National Champion Coach Hiromu Kuwata during that time before changing schools to attend the Minami-Kyoto High School where he was then coached by the late Maekawa Takemoto, who passed away at the age of 50 in 2010.

Murata won the All Japan Boxing National Championships at middleweight in 2004 when he was only 18 and since then has remained unbeaten on home soil. That same year he joined up with his national squad and made his international debut at the King's Cup in Thailand where he secured a hard-fought runner-up place. Following that impressive tournament, he then claimed a bronze at the 2005 Asian Championships in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

He won the Japanese National Championships in 2009 before returning to the international fold at the 2010 China Open Tournament where he secured a confidence-boosting bronze medal.

Murata could not compete at the Asian Games in Guangzhou following an injury sustained right before the championships but he came back stronger and stepped up a level in 2011.

The tough Japanese boxer went on to win the gold medal at the President's Cup in Jakarta where he stopped all of his rivals within the distance, with scalps including Russia's Anatoliy Klinkov and Turkmenistan's Arslanbek Achilov. As a result, he travelled to the ASBC's Asian Boxing Championships in Incheon as the favourite. His opening victory over Chinese titleholder Zhang Jianting however was unfortunately followed by a quarter-final loss to eventual winner Shukhrat Abdullayev of Uzbekistan.

 

STRENGTHS: Has good skills and movement…has good punching power…had a strong amateur background…

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: 2 years…7 fights…45 total rounds…

AVERAGE LENGTH OF BOUTS: 6.4 rounds…

KNOCKOUT PERCENTAGE: 71 %...

DISTANCE FIGHTS: 10 rounds – 2 (2-0)…8 rounds – 1 (1-0)…