We are almost 3 weeks removed from the controversial WBA Middleweight title bout between Japan's Ryota Murata (12-1, 9) [村田 諒太] and Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam (36-2, 21), with the controversy resulting in two judges getting 6 month bans from the WBA.
In the wake of that bout Murata refused to immediately comment on his future, instead taking time away to rest and think about where he wanted to go in boxing, whether he could trust the sport and whether he wanted to pursue the WBA ordered rematch with N'Dam.
Today Murata finally returned to the gym, committing his future to the sport and statting that he wanted to fight top fighters. He didn't rule out the rematch with N'dam but he also didn't seem massively enthused by it either, and it seems clear he feels like the decision was terrible, and that he was the better fighter, but still learned from the contest.
At the Teiken gym Murata looked sharp, and although he has been spending a bit of time away from boxing he certainly looks to be hungry and in good condition. With that in mind we susect we'll see him in another big bout before the year is over, most likely the rematch with N'Dam.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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