Earlier today saw the end weeks of speculation regarding a WBA Middleweight title fight between Ryota Murata (12-0, 9) [村田 諒太] and Frenchman Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam (35-2, 21), and announce that a deal had made, and that the bout would take place on May 20th, as had long been rumoured.
The bout will take place at the Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo and will be part of a stacked card feature at least two other world title bouts.
For Murata a win would see him become only the second Japanese world champion at 160lbs, following in the footsteps of former WBA champion Shinji Takehara, who held the title from the end of 1995 to June 1996. He would also create history as the first Japanese fighter to claim both an Olympic gold medal and a professional world title.
For N'Dam N'Jikam the bout will be his first in Asia as a professional and see him looking to build on a 2016 KO of the year contender against Alfonso Blanco. Despite being best known for losses to Peter Quillin and David Lemieux he is a multi-time "interim" champion and is regarded as a talented fighter, who's biggest fault is his chin, though no one faults his heart, grit and determination.
For those wondering about TV the bout will almost certainly be aired live on Fuji TV, though we are awaiting confirmation in regards to what sort of time slot the channel will be putting aside for the bout, and the show in general.
(Image courtesy of Nikkan Sports)
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