Back in May we saw Japanese Middleweight Ryota Murata (12-1, 9) [村田 諒太] suffer a very controversial loss to Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam (36-2, 21) in a bout for the WBA Middleweight title.
The two men had been ordered to have a rematch after the controversial outcome of their first bout but neither team had began negotiations yet. Rather amaingly this week has seen the WBA announce a date to have a purse bid, setting that date for the purse bid to July 7th, and giving the the fighters less than 2 weeks to agree a deal.
The decision from the WBA has been met by genuine disdain by Akihiko Honda, the chairman of Teiken, who has stated that their would be no purse bid, and that he and Murata would walk away from the rematch if the WBA go ahead with the July 7th purse bid.
Mr Honda stated that the plan had been to negotiate from next week, with the hope of having a deal agreed by mid-July. They had hoped to spend real time negotiating a deal and get the best deal for both fighters. With the bid split at 75-25 in favour of N'Dam and the short limit it seems that Teiken have been genuinely angered by the WBA's snap decision, especially given that Murata has other options out there.
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