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Raymond Muratalla: ‘I’m too massive and too sturdy’ for former titlist Tevin Farmer

Jeremia Nakathila (L) and Raymond Muratalla (R) change punches – Picture by Mikey Williams/High Rank Inc through Getty Photographs)

Onwards and upwards, that’s the goal for light-weight contender Raymond Muratalla on Saturday.

Muratalla, rated at No. 6 by The Ring at light-weight, will face former IBF junior light-weight titlist Tevin Farmer in a scheduled 10-round contest at Palms On line casino Resort, Las Vegas, within the undercard of the Janibek Alimkhanuly-Andrei Mikhailovich middleweight title bout.

“I believe it’s going to be struggle,” Muratalla (20-0, 16 knockouts) informed The Ring. “We’ve seen him earlier than and he’s boxer, he strikes nicely, punches nicely.

“I simply suppose I’m on one other stage proper now. I’m too massive, I’m too sturdy, I’m quick, I believe my ring IQ goes to be an excessive amount of for him that night time. I believe it’s going to point out, he’s by no means confronted a fighter like me and I believe we’re going to see that July 13.”

Whereas Farmer might nicely show to be a difficult buyer, somebody who might make the highly effective Muratalla miss at occasions, the 27-year-old Californian believes it’s the logical step to assist put together him for the likes of stablemate and WBC beltholder Shakur Stevenson and WBC junior welterweight boss Devin Haney additional down the highway.

“Precisely, that’s what we wish – it’s good for me,” he stated. “I believe it’s going to be nice simply to point out the followers {that a} completely different fashion doesn’t imply something to me as a result of I’m in a position to adapt to completely different kinds. It’s going to be an amazing one. I can’t wait to point out a distinct fashion that I can deliver towards a fighter like that.”

Muratalla, who’s educated by Robert Garcia in Riverside, California, is coming off a reasonably dominant although not spectacular 10-round unanimous resolution win over wily South African fringe contender Xolisani Ndongeni in March.

“That was a foul efficiency on my finish,” he stated earlier than explaining. “To be sincere with you, I wasn’t feeling nicely for that struggle. I had a variety of abdomen issues the entire week main as much as it and it confirmed in the course of the struggle. I didn’t have my energy like I used to, my velocity, my rhythm felt off.”

Nevertheless, he takes the optimistic out of that struggle. “Every struggle there may be at all times one thing you may be taught from that. Going the 10-rounds [for the first time] is expertise.”

He had one eye on the aforementioned Stevenson, who bested Artem Harutyunyan final weekend. However he believes that whereas that struggle might happen in some unspecified time in the future, his path to a world title will initially go in one other route.

“Undoubtedly a Shakur struggle can be nice for the followers, it’s one thing we wish,” he stated. “There may be additionally a man [Denys] Berinchyk, that lately received the [WBO] belt. I’m all for that. He’s with High Rank, I’m with High Rank, I believe that would positively occur as nicely.

“I believe the extra possible one to occur is Berinchyk simply trigger he talked about my title. I’m down for that struggle. I’m not trying previous Tevin Farmer however I believe that’s positively a struggle that would occur subsequent.”

And to power the difficulty he intends to make a press release towards Farmer.

“I believe with an amazing efficiency that’ll depart no room to say no and simply making that struggle occur, [Berinchyk] desires the struggle and I would like the struggle, what extra are you able to say,” he stated.

“Keep tuned and don’t miss July 13, you guys are a future world champion and I can’t wait to placed on a present for the followers.”

Farmer (33-5-1, 8 KOs) had baptism by hearth in the course of the embryonic levels of his professional profession, going 7-4-1. Nevertheless, he earned expertise in coaching camps with the likes of Vasiliy Lomachenko and posted 18 wins to safe an IBF junior light-weight title shot. The short-fisted Philadelphia native southpaw went to Australia and outboxed Billy Dib (UD 12) for the vacant title and made 4 profitable defenses notably outboxing Francisco Fonseca (UD 12) and Jono Carroll (UD 12) earlier than dropping to Joseph Diaz (UD 12).

The 33-year-old took three-and-a-half years off earlier than returning with three wins, however this can be a vital step up.

Alimkhanuly-Mikhailovich, plus undercard bouts, can be broadcast on ESPN+ at 9 p.m. ET/ 6 p.m. PT.


Questions and/or feedback might be despatched to Anson at [email protected].

John Anderson
John Anderson
John Anderson is a seasoned sports journalist with over 15 years of experience covering the NFL, NBA, and MLB. A graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, John has worked with ESPN, Sports Illustrated, and The New York Times. His insightful analysis and in-depth reporting have earned him multiple awards in sports journalism.


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