Ryota Murata (13-1, 10 KOs) fought on Sunday night and went home the new WBA World middleweight champion after defeating Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (36-3, 21 KOs) by a 7th round retirement in their rematch in Tokyo, Japan. N’Dam decided he had enough after 7 rounds of punishment, so he retired on his stool in pulling a ‘no mas’ after the round had ended.
Murata, 31, used his punching power and steady pressure to wear N’Dam down and stop him after round 7. Murata wasn’t doing anything special. He was merely coming forward and throwing one hard punch at a time against a fighter with no power and little energy in 33-year-old N’Dam.
The way that N’Dam looked, he would have been beaten by pretty much every contender in the middleweight division tonight. N’Dam looked ill-prepared for the fight. Something was very wrong with N’Dam’s energy levels or lack thereof.
N’Dam got worse with each round, throwing fewer punches as the fight wore on. N’Dam looked like he was gassing out the further the fight went.
Murata hasn’t said who he wants to fight next. The logical fights for Murata to go after are Gennady Golokvin and Saul Canelo Alvarez. Murata’s promoter Bob Arum might choose to get one of those guys to fight, but don’t expect that to happen anytime soon.
The World Boxing Association has lately been slowly reducing the amount of titles in each division, but they still have 2 world champions at 160 with their organization. Murata is the WBA World 160lb. champion, whereas Gennady “GGG” Golovkin is the WBA Super World 160 lb. champion. You have to wonder why the WBA didn’t reduce the middleweight division down to 1 champion. Some boxing fans think the WBA has kept the 2 titles at 160 due to the huge money that can be made in Japan with Murata being a belt holder with their organization. Murata captured a gold medal for Japan in the 2012 Olympics, and he’s hugely popular in that country.
If the WBA did reduce the number of belts at 160, then Murata’s WBA title would be sacrificed. That means that if Murata wanted to win a world title with the WBA, he’d have to go through Golovkin to try and win. Good luck with Murata trying to beat Golovkin. It would be a likely massacre. Golovkin is still fighting at a high enough level to make easy work of Murata in my view.
Boxing News Results has seen N’Dam look a lot better than he did against Murata. N’Dam might have trained wrong, or had problems with the weight. He’s never been this bad before. In the first fight last May, N’Dam looked energetic and fairly powerful in winning a 12 round split decision. It was a good effort from N’Dam. Tonight, it was a different N’Dam out there, showing very little in the fight.
“This victory was made by all supporters to me. I thank for your supports that truly encouraged me throughout the fight,” said Murata after the fight.
Top Rank had better protect Murata by matching him against carefully selected soft opposition, because if they throw him in with Danny Jacobs or Jermall Charlo, it’ll be all over for him.