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Vegas Workout Notes & Quotes: Ryota Murata and Rob Brant Ready for Middleweight Title Showdown

Ryota Murata, one of Japan's most revered sporting heroes, is ready to make his debut as a Las Vegas headliner.

Murata (14-1, 11 KOs), a 2012 Olympic gold medalist, will defend his WBA middleweight title against Rob "Bravo" Brant (23-1, 16 KOs), Saturday at MGM's Park Theater. In the co-feature, Maxim "Mad Max" Dadashev (11-0, 10 KOs) will defend the NABF super lightweight belt in a 10-rounder versus former world champion Antonio DeMarco (33-6-1, 24 KOs).

Terence Crawford: "There's No Place Like Home"

Following Wednesday's media day tensions, Terence "Bud" Crawford and Jose Benavidez Jr. were a bit more civil at Thursday's press conference. The trash talk led to an extended face-off, as pound-for-pound king Crawford (33-0, 24 KOs) readies to defend his WBO welterweight world title against Benavidez (27-0, 18 KOs) Saturday at the CHI Health Center Omaha (ESPN and ESPN Deportes, 10:30 p.m. ET).

Tete: "I will adjust & take him out!" - World Boxing Super Series

The Ali Trophy 118lb QF and WBO World Championship - Zolani Tete vs Mikhail Aloyan - and the 200 lb QF and IBF Eliminator - Ruslan Fayfer vs Andrew Tabiti - will be contested this Saturday at the Ekaterinburg Expo in Ekaterinburg, Russia.

All four fighters were in confident mood at Thursday’s press conference in Ekaterinburg, Russia’s fourth-largest city and the cultural center of the Urals.

“I am in good shape, ready for the fight,” said South Africa’s Zolani Tete (27-3, 21 KOs), the WBO World Champion.

Media Workout: Terence Crawford Readies for Homecoming Bout Against Jose Benavidez Jr.

Terence Crawford is excited to be back in Omaha, his beloved hometown and the site of many of his greatest fistic moments. The man nicknamed "Bud" will defend his WBO welterweight world title Saturday evening against Jose Benavidez Jr. at the CHI Health Center Omaha (formerly the CenturyLink Center), live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes beginning at 10:30 p.m. ET. His four CHI Health Center outings have drawn nearly 45,000 fans, and another packed house is expected.

Saturday: Catterall-Davies and Nery-Canoy Headline Full Day of Boxing on ESPN+

The action begins at 3:30 p.m. ET from the Leicester Arena, where unbeaten 140-pound contender Jack “El Gato” Catterall (22-0, 12 KOs) will meet Ohara “Two Tanks” Davies (18-1, 14 KOs) in a 10-rounder with potential world title implications. And, in a special heavyweight attraction, Daniel “Dynamite” Dubois (8-0, 8 KOs) will take on the durable former world title challenger Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson (32-10-1, 16 KOs) in a 10-rounder.

October 20: Michael Conlan Set for Las Vegas Debut

The Conlan Revolution has hit New York City, Australia, Arizona, Chicago, and Northern Ireland. Now, Michael “Mick” Conlan is set to conquer the Las Vegas Strip. Conlan, the talk of the 2016 Summer Olympics, will take on Nicola Cipolletta (14-6-2, 4 KOs) in an eight-round featherweight bout Saturday, Oct. 20 at Park Theater at Park MGM on the undercard of Ryota Murata’s WBA middleweight title defense against Rob Brant (10:30 p.m. ET).

October 13: Shakur Stevenson-Duarn Vue Headlines Crawford-Benavidez Jr. Undercard

Shakur Stevenson, the 2016 U.S. Olympic silver medalist, will face his steepest test as a professional when he takes on Duarn “The Storm” Vue for the vacant WBC Continental Americas featherweight title on Saturday, Oct. 13 at the CHI Health Center Omaha. Stevenson vs. Vue will be televised on ESPN at 10:30 p.m. ET before pound-for-pound great Terence Crawford’s WBO welterweight title defense against Jose Benavidez Jr.

Jose Uzcategui Picks up Win, Jerwin Ancajas Battles to Draw

Jose Uzcategui, the IBF super middleweight world champion, moved up to light heavyweight for a non-title bout while he awaits his first title defense. He took care of business and won a clear unanimous decision against Ezequiel Maderna on Friday evening at the Oracle Arena. Scores were 100-90, 100-90, and 98-92.The “Pretty Boy” didn’t have an easy night at the office. Jerwin “Pretty Boy” Ancajas made the sixth defense of his IBF junior bantamweight world title, battling to a draw against Alex Santiago. The scorecards read 116-112 Ancajas, 118-111 Santiago, and 114-114.

Ancajas, Uzcategui Ready for Bay Area Fight Night

Jerwin Ancajas (30-1-1, 20 KOs), the longest-reigning 115-pound world champion, will make the sixth defense of his title against Santiago (16-2-4, 7 KOs) on Friday at Oakland's Oracle Arena (home of the Golden State Warriors) in the co-main event. In the main event, IBF super middleweight champion Jose Uzcategui (27-2, 23 KOs) will face Ezequiel Maderna (26-4, 16 KOs) in a 10-round non-title bout contested in the light heavyweight division.

Maurice Hooker and Alex Saucedo Set to Ignite Texas-Oklahoma Rivalry November 16 at Chesapeake Energy Arena

he “Red River Rivalry” is coming to Russell Westbrook’s house.

Dallas native Maurice “Mighty Mo” Hooker will make the first defense of his WBO junior welterweight world title on Friday, Nov. 16 against No. 1 contender and Oklahoma City product Alex “El Cholo” Saucedo at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, home of the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder.