This past weekend fight fans saw Japanese star Ryota Murata (12-1, 9) [村田 諒太] suffer a at the the hands of the judges, who subjected him to hugely controversial split decision loss to French based fighter Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam (36-2, 21). Since that results we've seen a host of stories but perhaps the most damning is yet to come, with Murata himself yet to state whether or note he's even going to continue as a professional boxer.
The Japanese media are reporting that Murata has several options on the table, including a rematch with N'dam for the WBA title as well as a potential WBO title fight in the year, but the fighter himself is said to be considering walking away from professional boxing, and hasn't yet committed to a ring return, leading to more speculation.
As we all saw the 2012 Olympic champion was robbed by the judges this past Saturay, a decision so bad that the WBA head honcho Gilberto Mendza apologised for the outcome. That outcome has seen Bob Arum come out and suggest the bout should be made a No Contest, stating it was worse that Timothy Bradley's win over Manny Pacquia, the JBC have have asked the WBA to have their judges explain it, and even a small number have suggested the reuslt should be over-turned, like Kerry Hope's bout with Petchsuriya Singwancha.
All hope is that Murata will tell Teiken to make the rematch with N'Dam but there is a real fear that Murata will wave good bye to the professional game in disgust, and he certainly wouldn't be the first fighter to do so with Dave Tiberi being a very famous example of a fighter who simply qalked away after the judges denied him of a win.
A decision is expected frim Murata next week, but understandably he's in no rush to make a decision.
(Image courtesy of boxingnews.jp)
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