Ryota Murata will fight Rob Brant after all.
To many, this fight was all but dead just last week. Murata’s promoters didn’t participate in the purse bid that Brant’s promoter Greg Cohen eventually won. The winning bid came to $202,114.
Murata and his team were upset that Brant, the mandatory challenger, would earn 50 percent of the money based on an unusual ruling from the WBA. However, cooler heads prevailed.
Murata and his camp didn’t want to give up the title. Plus, Brant’s team knew that fighting another opponent for the vacant title wouldn’t equal the money obtainable by facing the champion. So, Arum and Cohen came to terms on a deal.
The fight will take place October 20 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada in the Main Event of a Top Rank promotion. Viewers can catch the full card on ESPN+.
By: Jerrell Fletcher