Murata vs Butler Info
Ryota Murata beat Steven Butler by technical knockout in the 5th round on Monday 23rd December 2019 at Arena in Kanagawa.
The fight took place over 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.
Murata vs Butler stats
Ryota Murata stepped into the ring with a record of 15 wins, 2 loses and draws, 12 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Steven Butler made his way to the ring with a record of 28 wins, 1 loss and 1 draw, with 24 of those wins by knock out.
The stats suggested Butler had a slight advantage in power over Murata, with a 86% knock out percentage over Murata's 80%.
Ryota Murata was the older man by 10 years, at 34 years old.
Both Ryota Murata & Steven Butler fought out of an orthodox stance.
Murata was the less experienced professional fighter, having had 13 less fights, and made his debut in 2013, 7 months earlier than Butler, who’s first professional fight was in 2014. He had fought 12 less professional rounds, 111 to Butler's 123.
Steven Butler was ranked number 8 by the WBA in the 160lb division.
Murata vs Butler form
Ryota Murata had stopped 4 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight before this contest, 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, Japan.
Previous to that, 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.
Going into that contest, he had defeated Bruno Sandoval on 30th December 2016 by knockout in the 3rd round at Ariake Colosseum.
Before that, he had beat George Tahdooahnippah on 23rd July 2016 by technical knockout in the 1st round at MGM Grand, Las Vegas, United States.
He had won against Felipe Santos Pedroso on 14th May 2016 by technical knockout in the 4th round at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center, Las Vegas, Hong Kong S.A.R., China.
Butler had won 5 of his most recent fights, stopping 4 of them, going the distance once.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had beat Paul Valenzuela Jr on 26th September 2019 by knockout in the 1st round at Montreal Casino, Quebec, Canada.
Previous to that, he had beat Vitalii Kopylenko on 2nd May 2019 by split decision in their 10 round contest at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, The Joint, Nevada, United States.
Going into that contest, he had defeated Jesus Antonio Gutierrez on 24th November 2018 by knockout in the 2nd round at Le Centre Financiere Sun Life, Quebec, Canada.
Before that, he had won against Jordan Balmir on 6th October 2018 by technical knockout in the 3rd round at Centre Videotron, Quebec.
He had defeated Carson Jones on 23rd June 2018 by technical knockout in the 7th round at Montreal Casino, Quebec.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, Steven Butler had been fighting more than Ryota Murata.
Going to this contest, Ryota Murata had last fought 2 years 9 months and 22 days ago, while Steven Butler's last outing had been 10 months and 18 days ago.
Murata's last 5 fights had come over a period of 1 year 5 months and 8 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 4 months and 11 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 27 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 5.4 rounds on average.
Butler's last 5 fights had come over a period of 1 year 3 months and 3 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 3 months and 25 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 23 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 4.6 rounds on average.
What time did Murata vs Butler start?
The fighters were expected to ringwalk at around 11:30 am UTC at Arena, Kanagawa, Japan, which was 6:30 am EST or 3:30 am PST on the West Coast of America, or 11:30 am GMT in the UK.
Who broadcast Murata vs Butler?
The fight was broadcast in the United States by ESPN+.