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Ryota Murata Rejects Million Dollar Deal To Turn Pro

Japan's Olympic boxing gold medallist Ryota Murata is considering a future away from the sport after rejecting a lucrative offer to turn professional.

Murata ended Japan's 48-year wait for an Olympic boxing gold by winning the middleweight title in London earlier this month but now plans to take an extended break before deciding on his next move.

"It's the end of a chapter for me and boxing," Murata told Monday's Nikkan Sports newspaper. "Basically I don't have plans to continue with my career.

"I'm a person who has already quit once and came back," added the 26-year-old, who briefly left the sport after failing to make the team for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Offered a $1 million contract to turn professional, Murata, who beat Brazil's Esquiva Falcao Florentino in the London final, plans instead to study sports science and foreign languages.

He was also far from enthusiastic over the possibility of going for a second gold at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, insisting he would rather coach future boxers.

"I'm not thinking about a return. There will be new, young boxers in Rio and I won't be of interest to the media," said the native of Nara in western Japan. "I just want time off."

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by crf450xxx on 08-31-2012

[QUOTE=Japanese Boxing;12457142]I don't hate him.[B] He just had a chance to be something above the lighter weight classes in boxing[/B]. I think being a pro boxer right now is the best thing that could have happened to him. Right now…

Comment by Hougigo on 08-28-2012

[QUOTE=lvchld;12458408][I]you[/I] are the dumb ass if you think japan isn't materialistic. japan is one of the most materialistic places in the world. i'm not going to elaborate further,[B] but with just a few searches on google and a few clicks…

Comment by NTF on 08-28-2012

Hope he still goes pro. I thought he wasn't at his best in the olympics (compared to his great performance at the world championships) and maybe he really doesn't have the heart for it. Its a shame because I really…

Comment by Furn on 08-28-2012

He's getting a huge amount of attention and probably getting alot of of good money offers for ads and sponsorships etc right now. Once that wears off and the reality of being a middle class 5-9 er kicks in hell…

Comment by Light_Speed on 08-28-2012

[QUOTE=Japanese Boxing;12457142] I think being a pro boxer right now is the best thing that could have happened to him.[/QUOTE] If he's happy studying sports science and becoming a teacher then that's what's best for him. [QUOTE=lvchld;12458408][I]you[/I] are the dumb…

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