Ryota Murata will make the second defence of his WBA Middleweight World Title against Rob Brant on Saturday, October 20 at the Park Theater at Park MGM.
Murata is recognised as one of Japan’s leading sporting figures, having secured a Gold medal at the 2012 Olympics in London, before claiming a world title against Hassan N’Dam in 2017.
“We are delighted to have middleweight champion, Ryota Murata, fighting at the Park Theater,” said Top Rank CEO Bob Arum. “He is one of the leading sports figures in Japan, and his fans will be in for a treat when they watch him in Las Vegas.”
“It is the dream of all boxers to headline in Las Vegas, and for me, this is certainly a dream come true,” Murata said. “Rob Brant is an excellent opponent, and I will prepare my best to put on a great performance for all of the fans in Las Vegas and watching on ESPN+. I am only getting started as a world champion.”
Brant was also an accomplished amateur star, claiming a U.S. National Golden Gloves title in 2010, before going on to secure the vacant NABA middleweight title as a professional.
“I am very excited about my upcoming bout with Ryota Murata. This fight has been on my mind since before he fought Hassan N’Dam,” Brant said. “Though I respect all of his accomplishments, I have always felt as though I have all of the tools to defeat him. Not only has it been a life goal of mine to be a world champion, but also to headline a card in Las Vegas at a major venue. I take none of this lightly. This means the world to me, and that will reflect on October 20.”