Japanese Olympic Gold Medallist Ryota Murata to be Featured at Venetian Macao's Ring of Gold

PR Newswire

Saturday, February 22 -- tickets on sale now

MACAO, Feb. 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Japan's 2012 Olympic gold medallist Ryota Murata will be featured as one of three Olympic champions on the Ring of Gold world championship boxing card, Saturday, February 22 at The Venetian(R) Macao's Cotai Arena, with tickets on sale now via Cotai Ticketing( http://www.CotaiTicketing.com ).

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"I am honoured to be fighting in Macao as part of this eagerly anticipated event," Murata said. "I have been working hard in training camp, developing different variations of my offensive attacks. I know my opponent, Carlos Nascimento, has fought for a world championship and has more professional experience than I. It is because of that I consider myself the challenger in our upcoming fight."

Murata (2-0, 2 KOs), of Nara, Japan, captured the Olympic gold medal in the middleweight division at the 2012 Summer Games in London. It was the first gold medal won by a Japanese boxer since Takao Sakurai in 1964, and also the first-ever boxing medal in a weight class other than bantamweight or flyweight. Murata also became the 100th gold medallist in Japanese Olympic history. The six-foot-tall middleweight, who has won both his fights by knockout, will be fighting outside Japan as a professional for the first time.

The vastly more experienced pro Nascimento (28-3, 22 KOs), from Sao Paulo, Brazil, enters this fight having won 12 of his last 14 bouts, with none of those victories coming by way of knockout. A former Brazilian national junior middleweight champion, he challenged undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior middleweight world champion Sergii Dzinziruk in 2007, going 11 rounds before getting stopped.

Promoted by Top Rank and Sands China Ltd., Ring of Gold will also feature Chinese favourites Zou Shiming (3-0), Rex "The Wonder Kid" Tso (11-0, 7 KOs), Ik Yang (Yang Lianhui) (13-0, 8 KOs), and "The Macao Kid" Ng Kuok Kun (2-0). In addition, Russia's Egor Mekhontsev (1-0, 1 KO) joins fellow gold medallists Murata and Zou as one of the headlining matchups. The event kicks off at 4:30 p.m., Feb. 22, with tickets to the multi-bout boxing extravaganza on sale now at all Cotai Ticketing box offices *, ranging in price from HKD/MOP 80 to 4,680. Hotel packages and ferry packages are also available. Tickets can be booked online at http://www.CotaiTicketing.com, or by phone at +853-2882-8818 (Macao) / +852-6333-6660 (HK) / +86-4001-206-618 (China). Tickets are also available through Hong Kong Ticketing (customer service fee applies), online at http://www.HKTicketing.com or by phone at +852-3128-8288; and through Macao Kong Seng Ticketing Network, online at http://www.macauticket.com, by phone at +853-2855-5555, or in person at selected retail outlets (for locations, visit http://www.macauticket.com/TicketWeb/ServiceStations.aspx).

For more information about Ring of Gold, visit http://www.venetianmacao.com/ROG.

Note:

* The Venetian Macao -- Cotai Arena and Main Lobby box offices; Four Seasons Hotel Macao -- The Plaza(TM) box office; Sands(R) Macao -- L1 box office; Sands(R) Cotai Central -- Sheraton Main Lobby and Holiday Inn Main Lobby box offices

Bouts and times subject to change

Entertainment at Sands China Ltd. Properties

Sands China Ltd. has as a clear vision to establish Macao as Asia's top entertainment destination.

The 15,000-seat Cotai Arena is the only venue in Asia ranked in Pollstar's Top 100 Worldwide Arena Venues based on ticket sales. It is the top entertainment destination in southern China, hosting the world's and the region's biggest names in music, sports and awards shows. Superstars frequently choose the venue as the starting point of their Asian tours.

The 1800-seat, multi-purpose Venetian Theatre is one of the most luxurious entertainment venues in greater China. Featuring ushers in black-tie, champagne service, gourmet food and beverage items and other unique, premium amenities, it offers an intimate, luxurious and exclusive venue experience. The Venetian Theatre is playing a key role in bringing the best in international and Chinese entertainment to Macao, with a luxury theatre experience like no other in the region.

The 650-seat Sands Theatre regularly features internationally-renowned singers, performers and artists of the highest calibre. From traditional Chinese-costumed dancers to modern performances, and from singing troupes to contemporary bands, everything from Western rock to Cantonese pop is covered.

With an unbeatable diversity, the entertainment offering of Sands China Ltd. is ushering in a new era of entertainment in Macao.

About The Venetian(R) Macao-Resort-Hotel

Opened in 2007, The Venetian(R) Macao-Resort-Hotel is Macao's first integrated resort featuring stunning replicas of the famous canals and architectural icons of Venice, Italy. The Venetian Macao features 3,000 suites, 1.2 million square feet (111,000 square metres) of convention and meeting facilities as well as a 15,000-seat Cotai Arena designed for world-class sports events and electrifying entertainment. The Venetian Macao is also home to the unique, 1,800-seat luxury Venetian Theatre, hosting the best in international and Chinese entertainment; more than 30 renowned restaurants; TAIVEXMALO Day Hospital & Spa; the incredibly fun QUBE indoor playground and more than 330 retailers at Shoppes at Venetian. Outdoor recreation areas include swimming pools and cabanas and a mini-golf course.

For more information, please visit http://www.venetianmacao.com.

About Cotai Strip Resorts Macao – Macao's Integrated Resort City

Sands China Ltd. is the leading developer, owner and operator of integrated resorts in Macao. The befittingly named Cotai Strip Resorts Macao, situated on reclaimed land between the islands of Coloane and Taipa, is the one destination that provides a stunning array of experiences at the heart of Cotai. Cotai Strip Resorts Macao has transformed a gaming-centric day-trip market into an integrated resort city and international hub for business and leisure travellers.

Pulsating with life, both night and day, Cotai Strip Resorts Macao features an expansive offering of affordable luxury available nowhere else in Macao, with approximately 9,000 hotel rooms and suites, international superstar live entertainment, duty-free shopping with 600 retailers offering an unparalleled array of name brands, 1.3 million square feet (120,000 square metres) of meeting and exhibition space for Asia's leading conferences and exhibitions, gaming excitement, transportation offerings and well over 100 dining options, including international restaurants, bars and lounges. Cotai Strip Resorts Macao is a must-see destination providing every guest with an unforgettable experience and unparalleled excitement.

Comprised of The Venetian(R) Macao-Resort-Hotel; The Plaza(TM) Macao, featuring the Four Seasons Hotel Macao; and Sands(R) Cotai Central, featuring the world's largest Conrad, Sheraton, and Holiday Inn hotels, Cotai Strip Resorts Macao is where Asia's ultimate destination is all within reach.

Cotai Strip Resorts Macao….Macao Starts Here. For more information, please visit http://en.cotaistrip.com.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION (Media):

TOP RANK

Lee Samuels +1-702-378-1083 Lee@toprank.com

Ricardo Jimenez +1-909-615-3436 Ricardoej@aol.com

Fred Sternburg +1-303-548-0707 TooFred@aol.com

Ed Keenan +1-609-399-1330 Keenan@emcevents.com

VENETIAN MACAU LIMITED

Mabel Wu

Tel: +853-8118-2268

Email: mabel.wu@sands.com.mo

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