Yesterday we saw Ryota Murata (13-1, 10) [村田 諒太] claim the WBA Middleweight title, as he stopped Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam (36-3, 21) and avenged his sole loss. Today, as a result of that win, Murata took part in a big press conference and was featured all over the Japanese press with the papers almost all having him as a leading sports story.
At the press conference Murata admitted that he was sleepy, and that he has been incredibly busy due to the press, and that he was sleepy as a result of all the media work.
Murata moved his conversation from the press to the media and spoke about his children. He stated that his son was unsure why the bout had ended, an issue that came across from a number of fans in Japan, and that it was the first time he had seen his father cry. His daughter was a lot my simple with what she's stated tothe new champion, simply asking whether he would be taking her to, and picking her up from, daycare.
Murata's plan is to begin looking for big international bouts in 2018. It sounds like his first defense will be one against a notable name, whilst he looks to increase his international profile and move towards big fights with the likes of Saul Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin.
Talking about profile Murata's doemstic profile really couldn't get much bigger and the bout with N'Dam averaged 20.5% in Kanto and 22.7% in Kansai, with a peak of 26.7% in Kanto. Those are solid figures, but were hurt by the lack of a clear ending, with Fuji and fans both unhappy with the way the bout was stopped, with N'Dam retiring in his corner.
It should also be noted that fans were unhappy about the broadcast which featured a running total of the Japanese election making it a little bit harder to watch the action on screen, though Fuji did have a very good reason to have the results on screen giving the move a reason, even if it was an unpopular decision.
(Image couresy of boxingnews.jp)
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