Ryota Murata puts Steven Butler away in fifth round

December 23, Yokohama, Japan
Japanese middleweight star Ryota Murata closed a successful bounce-back year with a fifth round KO victory over Canada's Steven Butler today in Yokohama, retaining his
secondary WBA world title with the win. Butler gave the effort, but was simply outgunned by Murata’s power. Murata dropped Butler late in the fifth round, having done
increasing damage in every round beforehand, and referee Rafael Ramos rightly waved it off.

Murata quickly demolishes Brant, regains WBA belt

July 12, Osaka, Japan
Ryota Murata regained the WBA middleweight championship with a second-round technical knockout in a rematch with American Rob
Brant. The fight between Murata and Brant was a rematch of their October title bout, when Murata lost the second defense of his
title by unanimous decision in Las Vegas. Murata took command of the fight early in the second round. Murata knocked the 28-year
old champion down. A barrage of punches followed and the referee was forced to stop the fight.


BORN: January 12, 1986 (34)     Wins 16 (KO 13)
BIRTHPLACE: Nara, Nara Prefecture, Japan     Losses 2
HEIGHT: 1.83 m      
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
18 Win 16-2 Steven Butler KO 5 23 Dec 2019 Arena, Yokohama, Japan Won WBA (Regular) middleweight title
17 Win 15-2 Rob Brant KO 2 12 Jul 2019 EDION Arena, Osaka, Japan Won WBA (Regular) middleweight title
16 Loss 14-2 Rob Brant UD 12 20 Oct 2018 Park MGM, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S. Lost WBA (Regular) middleweight title
15 Win 14-1 Emanuele Blandamura KO 8 15 Apr 2018 Yokohama Arena, Kanagawa, Japan Retained WBA (Regular) middleweight title
14 Win 13-1 Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam TKO 7 22 Oct 2017 Ryogoku Kokugikan, Tokyo, Japan Won WBA (Regular) middleweight title
13 Loss 12-1 Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam SD 12 20 May 2017 Ariake Colosseum, Tokyo, Japan For vacant WBA (Regular) middleweight title
12 Win 12-0 Bruno Sandoval KO 3 30 Dec 2016 Ariake Colosseum, Tokyo, Japan
11 Win 11-0 George Tahdooahnippah KO 1 23 Jul 2016 MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
10 Win 10-0 Felipe Santos Pedroso KO 4 14 May 2016 Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong, SAR
9 Win 9-0 Gastón Vega KO 2 30 Jan 2016 Oriental Sports Center, Shanghai, China
8 Win 8-0 Gunnar Jackson UD 10 7 Nov 2015 Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
7 Win 7-0 Douglas Damiao Ataide KO 5 1 May 2015 Ota-City General Gymnasium, Tokyo, Japan
6 Win 6-0 Jessie Nicklow UD 10 30 Dec 2014 Metropolitan Gym, Tokyo, Japan
5 Win 5-0 Adrian Luna Flores UD 10 5 Sep 2014 Yoyogi National Gymnasium, Tokyo, Japan
4 Win 4-0 Jesús Ángel Nerio KO 6 22 May 2014 Shimazu Arena, Kyoto, Japan
3 Win 3-0 Carlos Nascimento KO 4 22 Feb 2014 Cotai Arena, Macau, SAR
2 Win 2-0 Dave Peterson KO 8 6 Dec 2013 Ryogoku Kokugikan, Tokyo, Japan
1 Win 1-0 Akio Shibata KO 2 25 Aug 2013 Ariake Colosseum, Tokyo, Japan