Belts on The Line
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Who won Murata vs Brant?
Rob Brant beat Ryota Murata by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest on Saturday 20th October 2018 at Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
The scorecards were announced as 110-118, 109-119, 109-119 in favor of winner Rob Brant.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 12 rounds in the Middleweight division, which meant the weight limit was 160 pounds (11.4 stone or 72.6 KG).
This contest was for the WBA middleweight championship of the world.
The undercard featured the clash of Dadashev vs DeMarco.
Murata vs Brant stats
Back in October 2018, Ryota Murata stepped into the ring with a record of 14 wins, 1 loss and 0 draws, 11 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Rob Brant made his way to the ring with a record of 23 wins, 1 loss and 0 draws, with 16 of those wins by knock out.
The stats suggested Murata had a slight advantage in power over Brant, with a 79% knock out percentage over Brant's 70%.
Ryota Murata was the older man by 4 years, at 32 years old.
Murata had 2-inch reach advantage.
Both Ryota Murata & Rob Brant fought out of an orthodox stance.
Murata was the less experienced professional fighter, having had 9 less fights, and made his debut in 2013, 1 year and 2 months later than Brant, whose first professional fight was in 2012. He had fought 6 less professional rounds, 120 to Brant's 126.
Rob Brant was ranked number 3 by the WBA and 11 by the IBF in the 160lb division.
Murata vs Brant form
Ryota Murata had stopped 4 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had defeated Emanuele Blandamura on 15th April 2018 by technical knockout in the 8th round in their WBA World Middleweight championship fight at Arena, Kanagawa, Japan.
Previous to that, he had defeated Hassan N’Dam on 22nd October 2017 by technical knockout in the 7th round in their WBA World Middleweight championship fight at Kokugikan, Tokyo.
Going into that contest, he had been beaten by Hassan N’Dam on 20th May 2017 by split decision in their WBA World Middleweight championship fight at Ariake Colosseum, Tokyo.
Before that, he had beat Bruno Sandoval on 30th December 2016 by knockout in the 3rd round at Ariake Colosseum.
He had won against George Tahdooahnippah on 23rd July 2016 by technical knockout in the 1st round at MGM Grand, Las Vegas, United States.
Rob Brant had stopped 4 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight before this contest, he had lost to Juergen Braehmer on 27th October 2017 by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest at Sport and Congress Center, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany.
Previous to that, he had beat Alexis Hloros on 20th January 2017 by technical knockout in the 1st round at Grand Casino, Hinckley, United States.
Going into that contest, he had defeated Chris Fitzpatrick on 5th August 2016 by knockout in the 3rd round at Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula.
Before that, he had won against Delray Raines on 15th April 2016 by knockout in the 1st round at Grand Casino, Hinckley.
He had defeated Decarlo Perez on 22nd January 2016 by knockout in the 4th round at Casino Del Sol, Tucson.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, Ryota Murata had been fighting more than Rob Brant.
Going to this contest, Ryota Murata had last fought 6 months and 5 days ago, while Rob Brant's last outing had been 11 months and 23 days ago.
Murata's last 5 fights had come over a period of 2 years, 2 months and 27 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 5 months and 12 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 31 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 6.2 rounds on average.
Brant's last 5 fights had come over a period of 2 years, 8 months and 28 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 6 months and 19 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 21 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 4.2 rounds on average.
What time did Murata vs Brant start?
The fighters were expected to ringwalk at around 11:00 PM EST / 8:00 PM PST at Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, United States, which was around 4:00 AM BST in the UK.
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What were the odds on Murata vs Brant?
Ryota Murata was a 17/100 (-590) favourite going into the contest, while Rob Brant made his way into the ring at 7/2 (+350) with oddsmakers.