Ryota Murata is the headline attraction on BoxNation this Saturday night when he makes the second defence of his WBA Middleweight Championship against Rob Brant in Las Vegas.

He won his title in a rematch last year, avenging his only defeat when he beat Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam in eight rounds.

Murata became familiar to British fans when he won the Middleweight gold medal at the London 2012 Olympics.

Here are 10 facts about the Japanese superstar:

1) He has been trained since 1995 by Sendai Tanaka. He has also trained World Champions Marco Antonio Barrera, Erik Morales, Lorenzo Parra, Edwin Valero, Jorge Linares, Román González and Takahiro Ao.

2) When Murata won gold at London 2012 he was the first Japanese boxer to win an Olympic gold medal since Bantamweight Takao Sakurai in 1964.

3) In Japan he is better known than Naoya 'Monster' Inoue. Japanese journalist Joe Koizumi explained: "Murata is truly a Japanese national hero. He frequently appears in many TV commercials endorsing name merchandise to have him more known to the public. Murata, in Japanese boxing history, is the most talented Middleweight boxer, and it is unusual for us to see such an excellent talent in the heavier categories, although we have produced great champions in lighter divisions."

Murata punch

4) His only pro defeat came against Hassan N’Dam, but the decision was considered so bad that two of the judges were suspended for six months by the WBA.

5) When he won his World Title in the rematch win against Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam 12 months ago it pulled in 21 million TV viewers in Japan. His first defence against Emanuele Blandamura drew 15.5 million.

6) While at Tokyo University his temper got the better of him. He suffered several disqualification losses in university league matches.

7) His amateur record was 119-18 and besides Olympic gold he won five national titles and a silver medal at the 2011 World Amateur Championships.

8) His favourite boxer of all time is Felix Trinidad and his Japanese idol former WBC Bantamweight Champion, Shinsuke Yamanaka.

9) Promoter Bob Arum believes a natural match in the near future is against Esquiva Falcao, the Brazilian he defeated in the London 2012 final.

10) He got married in 2010 and a year later his wife gave birth to their son.