Murata Retains Title Against Blandamura – PRESS RELEASE
Ryota Murata recorded his fourteenth victory and eleventh knockout at the Yokohama Arena in Japan as he successfully defended his World Boxing Association (WBA) World Middleweight title belt; stopping the Italian challenger Emanuele Felice Blandamura in the eighth round via technical knockout.
The fight was the champions first title defense and it was aired live on ESPN2. Muratas strategy was pressure from the very opening bell, as he did not take a backwards step in the fight and ramped up his punch output at the rounds wore on.
Blandamuras back was very red from constantly being pressed to the ropes throughout the bout and while he had some success with jabs and counterpunches he never had control of the ring for a sustained period of time. The challenger simply did not have enough power to keep Murata off of him or gain his respect.
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