Murata avenges dubious loss, stops N’Dam after 7 rounds

By Ryan Songalia

This time, Ryoto Murata didn’t leave it in the judges’ hands.

The Japanese middleweight, a 2012 Olympic gold medalist, avenged his dubious split-decision loss earlier this year, battering Hassan N’Dam around the ring and prompting N’Dam to remain in his corner after the seventh round on Sunday at Ryōgoku Kokugikan Sumo Hall in Tokyo, Japan.

Murata (13-1, 10 knockouts) picked up where he left off last May, landing heavy right hands and mixing in effective left hooks to the body of the France-based Cameroonian N’Dam (36-3, 21 KOs), who was stopped for the first time as a pro. Unlike their last fight, there were no knockdowns, though N’Dam showed signs he was hurt in just about each round, particularly in the sixth, when his legs buckled from a right cross from Murata, who is two years N’Dam’s junior at 31.

N’Dam’s legs looked weak for much of the fight, and he spent much of his time in the last few rounds circling away from danger. The final punch that Murata landed was a left jab that knocked his head back.

The stoppage win gives Murata closure after their first fight saw two judges score the fight for N’Dam, a verdict so indefensible that it left WBA president Gilberto Mendoza “embarrassed” and prompted him to suspend those two judges – Hubert Earle and Gustavo Padilla – for six months. The other judge had it more in line with the mainstream view, awarding it 117-110 to Murata.

The outcome left a smile on the face of promoter Bob Arum, who had suggested prior to the fight that Murata could face Brazilian Esquiva Falcao, whom Murata beat in the gold medal match in 2012. Falcao (18-0, 12 KOs) is also promoted by Top Rank.

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