WBA middleweight title at stake, the second defense of Brant in a rematch taking place in the former champ's backyard. Unfortunately this is the next major event on the boxing calendar, skipping ahead nearly a fortnight. The only remotely meaningful blips until then are the card in Kazakhstan this Saturday (featuring Nordine Oubaali vs. Arthur Villanueva for the WBC bantamweight title) and next Thursday's show in Rome (with Fabio Turchi defending his WBC International cruiserweight title against Tommy McCarthy)...but really, nothing all that worthwhile for two weeks. This will be a nice way to end the drought. Brant has made a credible titlist of himself with a respectable defense over Khasan Baysangurov, while Murata has just languished on the shelf in the nine months since losing the belt. To repeat his shock upset at the ODION Arena in Osaka would be the ultimate confirmation of the American's reign being no fluke - while for Ryōta, this represents a second opportunity for personal redemption in the saga of this particular championship (after losing controversially to Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam for the vacant strap in 2017, and then stopping him in an immediate rematch).