It’s been 9 months since 🇺🇸Rob Brant (25-1-0, 17KO) put on a dominating performance and defeated Japan’s 🥇🇯🇵Ryota Murata (14-2-0, 11KO) in Las Vegas by unanimous decision (118-110, 119-109×2), and won the secondary WBA Middleweight World Title in the process.
Brant threw 1,262 punches, the second ever on compubox record for a middleweight bout, and dominated the first meeting in such a fashion that Murata initially declined the immediate rematch. He thought better of it once he realized that financially it was the best situation for both men at this point, and this time around Murata will have the backing of his country as the fight is set to take place in Osaka, Japan.
Brant returned to the ring in February and put on a show for his home crowd in Hinckley, Minnesota by stopping Khasan Baysangurov in the 11th round in his first title defense. He will now go into enemy territory to make his second defense, this time he will face not only Murata but his Japanese fanbase that as Brant put it, view the 2012 Olympic Gold medalist “on a Lebron James level”.
This will mark the second challenge Brant has faced overseas, the first being his World Boxing Super Series quarterfinals loss to Jeurgen Braehmer in Germany which he moved up to super middleweight to fight in 2017. As for Murata, the rematch will be his first time returning to the ring since his loss to Brant.