Tomorrow we will see 2012 Olympic gold medal winner Ryota Murata (12-1, 9) [村田 諒太] face off with WBA Middleweight champion Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam (36-2, 21) in the second meeting between the two men, who fought earlier this year with N'Dam claiming a very hotly disputed split decision.
Today, ahead of their bout, the two fighters took part in a weigh in, and both men made the 160lb limit.
On the scales the champion was well under the limit, coming in at a very low 158.5lbs. The weight seems to be one where N'Dam is focused on speed and making the most of his movement. The logic would seem like N'Dam will to try and stay light on his feet and prevent Murata from having success with his pressure. After weighing in he swiftly left the venue rather than staying afterwards and chatting with the media.
As for Murata he was on the limit, and looked the bigger man, almost suggesting as much himself. He stated he wasn't going to win on his physique, but that he certainly had the advantage there. His game plan for the bout seems to be based on pressure and he really seemed determined to make a statement when they get in the ring.
Murata seeks revenge in rematch with N'Dam
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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