World Boxing Association
Orders N’Dam / Murata Rematch!
(May 21) Gilberto Jesús Mendoza, president of the World Boxing Association, asked the Championships Committee to order a direct rematch between the Cameroonian Hassan N’Dam and the Japanese Ryota Murata, who fought for the WBA Middleweight belt on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan.
The judges who worked the fight were criticized by the press and fans, who considered the result a “controversial decision”, after the Cameroonian’s victory by split decision. Two judges saw him win 116-112 and 115-113, but one gave Murata the victory by 117-110.
“After judging the bout, my scorecard is 117-110 for Murata. First of all, let me apologize to Ryota Murata, Teiken Promotions and all Japanese boxing fans. There are no words to repair the damage”, said the WBA President and added: “I will demand the Championships Committee to order a direct rematch”.
“I am disappointed with the controversy. My goal is to have clear decisions and prove transparency to all boxing fans”, Mendoza said on his social networks.
The firm intention of the WBA is to benefit athletes, fans and boxing in general.
By: Akio Hino
May 20th, Ariake Colosseum, Tokyo, Japan: France based Cameroon former WBO Middleweight Champion Hassan N’Dam claimed the vacant WBA Middleweight title winning a tightly contested twelve round split decision over Tokyo’s previously unbeaten 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist, Ryota Murata.
The match of conflicting styles opened N’Dam circling with his jumping in and out scoring well dodging the Murata’s bad intentioned counter shots.
Murata, doing more cutting off than following going into the middle rounds cornered N’Dam catching the former champion with a well-timed counter right sending him head first to the canvas for a referee Luis Pabon eight count.
The very durable N’Dam would beat the count but appeared to lose a step allowing the heavier punching Murata more opportunity in the closely contested fight answering N’Dam’s work rate with solid counter shots rocking him several times for what looked like to be a close decision win only to be surprised when the judges scores were announced 117-110 Murata and 116-111, 115-112 both for N’Dam making him the new WBA World Middleweight Champion. The 33-year-old N’Dam improves to 36-2, 21Ko’s while Murata suffering his first defeat slips to 12-1, 9Ko’s.
In other action:
Tokyo’s Daigo Higa laid claim to the vacant WBC Flyweight title stopping Mexico City, Mexico’s Juan Hernandez Navarrete at 2:28 of round six. Higa remains perfect at 13-0, 13Ko’s while Navarrete unbeaten in his previous sixteen dips to 34-3, 25Ko’s.
Uji, Kyoto, Japan’s, Ken Shiro claimed the WBC Light Flyweight title scoring a slim closely contested 114-114, 115-113 times two majority decision over Mexico City, Mexico southpaw, Ganigan Lopez. Shiro improves to 10-0, 5Ko’s while Lopez two bout tile reign ends at 28-7, 16Ko’s.
Hours after the bout WBA President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza saying he agreed with Judge Raul Caiz Jr. score of 117-110 for Murata without any mention of a rematch has issued a statement of apology to the previously unbeaten Murata.