Photos: Ryota Murata vs. Hassan N'Dam Rematch Presser

After a controversial loss in his first world title shot in May, Ryota Murata has publicly adopted an “it-happens-when-it-happens” attitude about his potential rematch against the same opponent.

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Now, it will happen. He has earned another shot, perhaps quicker than many thought.

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Olympic gold medalist Murata (12-1, nine KOs) will take on WBA middleweight champion Hassan N’Dam at Ryogoku Kokugikan on Oct. 22, organizers announced Thursday.

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“I appreciate that N’Dam has accepted another fight with me,” said Murata, who lost to the Cameroonian-Frenchman in a split decision, although the Japanese seemed to have gotten the better of the fight at Ariake Colosseum on May 20 for a then-vacant WBA middleweight crown against N’Dam.

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“Though it was kind of an adventure for me to debut (as a professional boxer), afterward I faced fighters that I was expected to beat if I performed to my full ability. But in my last fight, I fought against a very competitive boxer in N’Dam, and he raised me to another level, taking me to who I am today. With that said, I think that he’s going to get me to an even higher place through our next fight.”

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The 31-year-old did not protest the decision in the N’Dam bout, saying that it was out of his control. He even visited N’Dam on the day after the fight to thank him for having flown all the way to Japan from Europe.

Murata admitted the he and N’Dam have built up a friendship since, but emphasized that he would not hesitate “to exchange blows” with him once they step into the ring in October.

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Meanwhile, N’Dam (36-2, 21 KOs), who jokingly noted that Japan is “like his home” now, said that he thought Murata was a tougher boxer than he had thought he would be in their first meeting, and that the rematch would be another hard-fought battle.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Mirko Troll Cop on 08-04-2017

I'm really looking forward to this fight.

Comment by Tobi.G on 08-04-2017

Murata looked good in the first fight and he will look even better this time. He hasnt looked verry good in some of his tune-up bouts but he can be a serious challenger in the middleweight-division.

Comment by Killer_of_Sheep on 08-04-2017

They'd make a cute couple

Comment by jackblack008 on 08-04-2017

Murata though very precise has low work rate. This will again be an impediment in his future bouts especially if he fights against Charlo or Saunders.

Comment by The Time on 08-04-2017

Good, let's hope they get it right this time. Japan is starting to produce sonw good fighters. It's always good to get more countries world wide into the mix. Looking forward to the rematch.

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