This coming Saturday fans in Japan will see Ryota Murata (12-0, 9) [村田 諒太] look to secure his place in Japanese history, as he takes on Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam (35-2, 21) for the WBA Middleweight title, with a win seeing Murata become the first Japanese fighters to claim Olympic gold and a world title.
Today, ahead of their bout, both men under-went their physical examinations with no issues being found with either fighters.
At the medical it was revealed, to everyones surprise, that Murata was bigger in pretty much every dimension. He was slightly taller, with a 1.6cm height advantage, a surprising 0.5cm reach advantage, a 3cm thicker chest and a 1.4cm thicker neck.
Prior the measurements being taken it was believed that N'Dam would have a notable reach advantage, so the measurements suggesting the contrary will be a real surprise, and could effect how both men fight on Saturday.
It should be noted that the two men showed a real respect and it seems clear that Murata respects N'Dam as a fighter and that N'Dam respects Murata, describing him as a nice guy. That respect however will not stop both men hunting a knockout out when they get in the ring on Saturday, and we're expecting a very exicing conest when the two men get in the ring together.
Murata looks to make history as he faces N'Dam!
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)
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