The next time the Mexican superstar, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (53-1-2; 36 KOs) is in the fight is almost certain, as the early May date, the Cinco de Mayo weekend, is the usual date. But who against is still questionable, but even the weight. He can fight in the middle, super middle or light heavyweight, though he has gave back his light heavyweight title to the World Championship, so he may be missing out on the line. But he still has a couple of options, including Demetrius Andrade, Jermall Charlo, Gennady Golovkin, Callum Smith and Billy Joe Saunders. However, Top Rank leader Bob Arum threw another name in the hat, the name of WBA (regular) middleweight champion Ryota Murata (16-2; 13 KOs).
Arum is the co-promoter of the Japanese boxer and claims that Murata’s other promoter, Akihiko Honda, was talking about a possible Canelo – Murata match in Japan. This match wouldn’t be of much professional value to Canelo, who is the Super Champion of the organization, but can be financially lucrative and increase his fan base. It would not be a bad opportunity for DAZN to conquer Japan as well, because Murata is a big star in Japan. Although the American public may not be a buyer for a fight against a boxer who they don’t know. Arum said the time shift would not be a problem, because if they were to fight on Sunday morning, Saturday night would be prime time in the US.
According to the promoter, the Tokyo Dome would be the perfect venue for the fight. In boxing history, this is a legendary venue, Mike Tyson lost his world titles to James Douglas in 1990.
Arum didn’t talk about what weight the match would be. Murata is a middleweight champion in the WBA, Canelo is a middleweight and super middleweight champion in the same organization. Canelo’s coach and promoter both said recently that super middleweight is likely to be the next match.
Murata won a gold medal at the London Olympics in 2012 and has been the WBA (regular) champion since 2017. He has since lost his belt against Rob Brant, but has regained it in the rematch.