Bob Arum: "N'Dam - Murata Title Fight
Would Be A Sensational Event In Japan"
Teiken Promotions and Top Rank®, have begun negotiations for
the vacant World Boxing Association (WBA) middleweight world
title between interim WBA middleweight champion Hassan N'Dam
and undefeated No. 2 world-rated contender Ryota Murata.
"While N'Dam wants the fight to take place in France, Mr.
Honda and I think this fight would do extremely well in
Japan and we are pulling out all stops in trying to bring it
there," said Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum. "Since winning
Olympic gold in 2012, Ryota has developed a rabid fan base
in Japan and we think those fans deserve to see their hero
fight for his first professional world title. It would be a
sensational event in Japan."
N'Dam (35-2, 21 KOs), a native of Cameroon who fights out of
Pantin,Seine-Saint-Denis, France, and a two-time world title
challenger, regained the interim WBA middleweight crown for
a second time on December 17, scoring a devastating
first-round knockout of undefeated defending champion
Alfonso Blanco in what many consider the Knockout of the
Year for 2016.
Murata (12-0, 9 KOs), from Tokyo, Japan, won all four of his
2016 bouts by knockout in fights that took place in
Shanghai, Hong Kong, Las Vegas and Tokyo. The six-foot
fighter captured the Olympic gold medal in the middleweight
division at the 2012 Olympics held in London. It was the
first gold medal won by a Japanese boxer since Takao Sakurai
in 1964, and also is the first-ever boxing medal in a weight
class other than bantamweight or flyweight. Murata also
became the 100th gold medalist in Japanese Olympic history.