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 Last update:  8/27/2012       Read more by Boxing Clever         
   
Ryota Murata Rejects Million Dollar Deal To Turn Pro
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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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comment by crf450xxx, on 08-31-2012
[QUOTE=Japanese Boxing]I don't hate him. He just had a chance to be something above the lighter weight classes in boxing. I think being a pro boxer right now is the best thing that could have happened to him. Right now boxing is the in thing in Japan and it's not like it's an insanely diff...

comment by Hougigo, on 08-28-2012
[QUOTE=lvchld]you 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, but with just a few searches on google and a few clicks you should be able to learn that much. if not, by all means, bask i...

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 think he could become a very good pro and possibly one of the most popular boxers ...

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 have second thoughts no doubt. Also not all $1million offers are that great. It coul...

comment by Light_Speed, on 08-28-2012
[QUOTE=Japanese Boxing] 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]you are the dumb ass if you think japan isn't materialistic. jap...

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