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Michael Conlan, other Olympians populate Murata-Brant undercard

Vladimir Nikitin will appear on the ESPN+ prelims

Boxing at SSE Arena Belfast Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images
Patrick Stumberg is a freelance writer for SB Nation, first joining the network in 2011 before linking up with Bad Left Hook in 2015.

2012 gold medalist Ryota Murata will get some similarly credentialed co-stars for his October 20th title defense against Rob Brant, including Michael Conlan, Vladimir Nikitin, and Esquiva Falcao.

Conlan (8-0, 4 KO) joins Murata on ESPN, taking on Nicola Cipoletta (14-6-2, 4 KO). Rival Nikitin (1-0, 0 KO), whose controversial Olympic win over Conlan provoked the latter’s infamous outburst, faces Clay Burns (5-4-2, 0 KO) on the ESPN+ prelims in his first eight-round fight.

Other highlights include 2012 silver medalist Falcao (21-0, 15 KO) against Guido Pitto (25-5-2, 8 KO) and 2016 gold medalist Fazliddin Gaibnazarov (5-0, 2 KO) against Wilberth Lopez (23-9, 15 KO). Falcao is in the WBA top 10 and lost to Murata in Athens, making a rematch between the two in the pro ranks an intriguing option.

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