Boxing

TOKYO (April 13, 2018) — Ryota Murata became a star in his home country of Japan after winning a gold medal at the 2012 Olympics. Now a word champion, he will make the first defense of his World Boxing Association (WBA) middleweight title on Sunday against Italian challenger and former European middleweight champion, Emanuele Blandamura, at the Yokohama Arena in Yokohama, Japan.

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Boxing icon and Philippine senator Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao is expanding his game beyond the boxing ring. This time, fully funding the seed round of Philippine-based car rental platform Graventure for an undisclosed amount. Pacquiao’s latest investment, his first tech investment in the Philippines, comes barely a month after he invested in Singaporean blockchain startup Global Crypto Offering Exchange (GCOX).

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YOKOHAMA, JAPAN (April 10, 2018) — It’s breakfast with the middleweights on Sunday, April 15, as Ryota Murata makes the first defense of his World Boxing Association (WBA) middleweight title against Italian challenger Emanuele ‘Sioux’ Blandamura at Yokohama Arena in Yokohama, Japan. This special, international edition of Top Rank on ESPN will air live on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes and stream on the ESPN App at 8 a.m. ET, with a same-day replay scheduled for 11 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

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