Brant Upsets Murata

By Robert Ecksel on October 20, 2018
Brant Upsets Murata
Brant deep-sixed plans for Murata to meet Golovkin next year. (Mikey Williams/Top Rank)

In a shocker, number two ranked Rob Brant outpointed reigning and defending WBA World middleweight champion Ryota Murata…

Saturday night at the Park Theater in Las Vegas, Nevada, in a fight streamed live on ESPN+, number two ranked Rob Brant (24-1, 16 KOs), the two-fisted underdog from Dallas, Texas, by way of St. Paul, Minnesota, outpointed reigning and defending WBA World middleweight champion Ryota Murata (14-2, 11 KOs), the former Olympian from Tokyo, Japan.

The final scores after 12 lopsided rounds were 118-110 (Tim Cheatham) and 119-109 twice (Eric Cheek and Burt A. Clements).

Brant put on an inspired performance. In addition to drawing first blood and winning the “regular” WBA title, he threw 1262 punches, just three shy of Brian Vera’s record of 1265 punches dating back to his 2012 fight against Sergio Mora.

According to CompuBox, Brant landed 356 of 1262 total punches (23.3%) to 180 of 774 (28.2%) for Murata. Brant threw and landed more jabs, 126 of 467 (27%) to 59 of 385 (15.3 %) for Murata. He also almost came close to doubling the number of power punches to the head and body, connecting with 230 of 795 (28.9%) to Murata’s 121 of 389 (31.1%).

The fight was as one-sided as those numbers suggest as Brant outmaneuvered, outworked, outthought and outfought the now-former champ. Brant also threw a wrench into the works for Murata to meet former middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin next year.

“This is one of the best moments of my life,” said Brant after the fight. “I wasn’t thinking about punch output. I was thinking about winning.”

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  1. Koolz 11:30am, 10/22/2018

    As for Inoue…
    He already has won this tournament WBSS.

  2. Koolz 11:22am, 10/22/2018

    Never in my wildest dreams did I think Brant was going to beat Murata. 
    He beat the crap out of him.  Murata would be put back together then pushed back out to fight, beat the crap out of again…repeat.
    I admit he had some moments but he was so basic it was a joke.

    Brant has options now, man does he ever.

  3. Lucas McCain 05:34am, 10/22/2018

    Always nice to see an underdog getting the upset decision he earned, especially in these days of very elusive justice.  I still recall guys like Holly (Holley) Mims who might upset the odds, but could never get a break.

  4. Koolz 02:25pm, 10/21/2018

    oops that was wrong weight class!

    Inoue is Bantam Weight.

    I am missing a fight here.

  5. Koolz 02:23pm, 10/21/2018

    Yuniel Dorticos vs Mateusz Masternak

    Inoue will destroy all these guys!

  6. Koolz 01:56pm, 10/21/2018

    Inoue not impressed.

  7. Koolz 01:06pm, 10/21/2018

    Emmanuel Rodriguez vs Jason Moloney

    Yes I needed to see this!  Can they hang with Inoue?

  8. Koolz 12:56pm, 10/21/2018

    Perez vs Tapia

  9. Koolz 12:03pm, 10/21/2018

    Andrade vs Kautondokwa

    Where the hell have you been Andrade!

  10. Koolz 11:16am, 10/21/2018

    WOW I am watching this right now and damn!  Brant!

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