BEYOND THE BELL - And the new... WBA Middleweight Champion! Congratulations to Ryota Murata! 🥊 🇯🇵 ⭐
Ryota Murata forced Hassan N’Dam to quit on his stool at the end of round seven in their rematch for the WBA middleweight regular crown. Murata looked bigger going into the fight and his low-volume high-power approach was too much for his Cameroonian-French opponent to endure. N’Dam struggled to keep balance and fend of the big-punching Murata, a pattern that reappeared from their first match earlier in the year.
Murata landed the clearer shots but more significantly the harder ones. N’Dam’s movement didn’t trouble Murata as much as it did the first time they fought due to the Japanese closing the ring down better and throwing quicker and crisper shots than in the first outing.
After the fight, the new champion spoke of how he is aware of the other competition in the middleweight division but wants to take up the challenge. This follows Bob Arum’s remarks about wanting to take Murata to the US for bigger fights. He also added that for many people outside his native Japan, such as boxing’s primary market, the US, fighters and fight fans will still have a relatively low opinion of him and that is something he wants to change.