Ryota Murata believes he is on course for a crack at Middleweight superstars Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin.

The Japanese star makes the second defence of his WBA Middleweight crown on Saturday, when he faces American Rob Brant in Las Vegas, live on BoxNation.

Murata (14-1, 11 KOs) won the Middleweight gold medal at the London 2012 Olympics, and is now looking to become one of boxing’s elite in the pro game.

"I am happy to be a headliner, but there is more to come. I think there are bigger and better fights for me. This is just a start," he said at Wednesday's media workout.

"I would like to fight Canelo Alvarez, but without the Mexican beef!

"Brant is a great fighter, and beating him would mean a lot for my career. I want everyone to watch and to see a great fight. I'm going to take what I learned in the gym and show it in the ring."

Tom Loeffler

With Canelo sniffing around the Super-Middleweight division for now, a fight with Kazakh KO King GGG might be more realistic.

"It would be a war, a real exciting fight," stated Murata.

Golovkin's promoter Tom Loeffler plans to be ringside on Saturday night: "I'll be there, I'm flying up for the fight. That seems like a natural fight for Gennady," he told BoxingScene.

"Gennady has fought all over the world. If that fight were to happen in Japan, Murata is a fighter that has done some great things. The Japanese boxing market is having a renaissance because Murata gets monster TV ratings in Japan, sells out arenas there."