Frank Lotierzo Talks Ryota Murata And The Middleweights – Sunday April 15th Top Rank at the Yokohama Arena in Yokohama, Japan. WBA “regular” middleweight champion Ryota Murata (13-1-0, 10 KOs) defends his title against Italy’s Emanuele Felice Blandamura (27-2-0, 5 KOs), the card will air live on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes in the United States beginning at 8 a.m. ET.
Ryota Murata is a Japanese professional boxer who has held the WBA (regular) middleweight title since October 2017. As an amateur, he won the gold medal at the 2012 Olympics.
As a pro and after twelve consecutive victories, Murata fought for the vacant WBA (regular) title against Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam on 27 May, 2017. Murata lost a controversial split decision (116-111, 115-112, 110-117). N’Dam N’Jikam was knocked down in round 4 but survived and got the decision. The two judges who scored the fight for N’Dam N’Jikam were immediately suspended and WBA president Gilberto Mendoza issued a public apology. A rematch was immediately ordered by the WBA and scheduled for 22 October.
On 22 October, Murata decisively beat N’Dam N’Jikam, who threw in the towel after round 7. After the fight, Murata said “I know that you’re going to have a rougher time after you win a title. And there are other very strong champions in this weight class at other organizations. The people here know it. I will aim to be at their level.” With the win, Murata became the first Olympic medalist from Japan to win a world title.
On this segment our boxing analyst Frank Lotierzo talks about Murata and the middleweight division.
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