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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Murata beats N’Dam to win middleweight title

Murata beats N’Dam to win middleweight title

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Murata dethrones N’Dam

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Quick Results: In a hotly anticipated rematch, #1 contender Ryōta Murata (13-1, 10 KOs) dethroned WBA “regular” middleweight champion Hassan N’Dam (36-3, 22 KOs) by seventh round TKO on Sunday night in Tokyo, Japan. N’Dam beat Murata by split decision in May. This time Murata dominated and the fight was stopped after round seven.

More to come…

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Higa, 14-0, 14 KOs, stops Masson to keep WBC 112lb belt

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By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda (to come soon)

Unbeaten KO artist Daigo Higa, 112, extended his unblemished mark to 14-0, 14 KOs and successfully retained his belt when he kept swarming over French challenger Thomas Masson (17-4-1, 5 KOs), 111.75, all the way, finally dropped the taller foe and had him retire because of his injured right optic at 1:10 of the seventh round on Sunday in Tokyo, Japan. It’s the non-stop punching Henry Armstrong stylist Higa’s initial defense since he captured the WBC belt via sixth-round TKO victory over Juan Hernandez this May.

Prior to the stoppage due to the ring physician’s advice midway in round seven just after a knockdown—Mike Ross (US), Alejandro Rochin (Mexico) both 60-54, and Jun-Bae Lim (Korea) 59-55, all for the 22-year-old young champ.

From the start Higa kept battering the taller challenger by four inches over his gloves, shoulders, elbows and anywhere of his upper body. The champ displayed Mike Tyson-like combinations from outside to inside with the same hand to have him on the defensive, steadily piling up points. Masson withstood his furious attack and occasionally retaliated with his long punches, which, however, were almost completely averted by Higa’s peek-a-boo guard. The champ threw three times as many punches as the game challenger.

In the sixth and the fatal seventh, Higa accelerated his out-side-inside combinations to hurt him effectively. A solid left hook decked him on the knee in the seventh, when the referee Thomas Taylor, US, took him to the neutral corner to have his injured optic examined by the ring doctor. Masson claimed his right eye was invisible, and the ref made a well-timed stoppage to award a TKO victory to the jubilant champ Higa.

Higa said, “I thank my manager Mr. Gushiken and other people for their supports that made me score a victory and first defense.”

Gushiken said, “Higa may be able to fight even within this year. We want a unification bout.”

Higa’s physical power and abundant stamina are beyond description, and he will become stronger and more excellent with his technical improvement. For your reference, Higa’s chest has a same size (38.6”) with the main eventer Hassan N’Dam’s. He’s a little dynamite.

Promoter: Teiken Promotions.
WBC supervisor: Mike George (US).

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Ken barely defeats ex-champ Guevara; keeps WBC 108lb belt

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By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda (to come soon)

Fast-moving and quick-punching Ken Shiro (11-0, 5 KOs), 107.5, kept his WBC light-flyweight belt as he showed his second wind, exclusively battered the midsection of former champ Pedro Guevara (30-3-1, 17 KOs), 107.5, and earned a majority decision over twelve hard-fought rounds on Sunday in Tokyo, Japan. The official tallies were as follows: Mike Ross (US) 116-112, Jun-Bae Lim (Korea) both for Ken, Alejandro Rochin (Mexico) 114-114. The referee was Hector Afu (Panama).

Ken, who dethroned Ganigan Lopez this May, scored his initial defense against the more experienced and highly regarded ex-champ Guevara, who demonstrated his aggressiveness in the first four sessions, leading on points on the open scoring system—40-36, 39-37 twice for the Mexican.

Ken, however, shifted his target to the breadbasket of Guevara from the fifth, which seemed so successful that he overcame the deficits on points after the eighth—77-75 for Ken, 78-74 for Guevara and 76-76. Guevara sustained a cut over the left eyebrow in the fourth and another gash over the right optic in round six—both by Ken’s legal shots. Guevara gamely fought on despite bleeding from the lacerations.

It became a four-round fight. Ken kept on battering Guevara’s body to have him slowing down though Guevara occasionally scored with sporadic combinations to the onrushing champ. Ken apparently dominated the final session to confirm his victory and successful defense.

The baby-faced champ, three years his junior at 25, said, “I’ll fight ex-champ Ganigan Lopez next, and will show my improvement fight by fight. Today I had a tough game, but it’s a good lesson for me. I’ll become stronger with my father (his manager/trainer, ex-OPBF 175-pound champ Hisashi).

Promoter: Teiken Promotions.
WBC supervisor: Mike George (US).

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Mayfield victorious in San Francisco

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Last night at the historic San Francisco Armory, the “Back to Business” card took place with local welterweight Karim “Hard Hitta” Mayfield moving forward with a victory.

Mayfield (21-4-1, 11 KOs), cruised to a 6-round unanimous decision over outmatched Miguel Dumas (10-1, 7 KOs), giving him his first defeat. With the win, Mayfield captures he the WBU Welterweight Americas Belt. Scorecards read 60-54 twice, and 55-54.

Middleweight, Raquel “Pretty Beast” Miller (5-0, 3 KOs) remained undefeated with a 1st round knockout against Lisa Garland (15-9, 8 KOs). Time was 2:00 of round one.

Xavier Martinez (10-0, 5 KOs) stayed unbeaten winning by 2nd round knockout over Raymond Chacon (7-27-1) in a 6-round featherweight bout. Time was 2:59

Ricardo Pinell (15-3-1, 8 KOs) won a lopsided unanimous decision against Carlos Ruiz (8-4, 3 KO) in a 6-round middleweight bout. Score cards read 60-54 across the board.

Will Shaw (3-0, 3 KOs) defeated Lenard Davis (1-0-3) with a 2nd round TKO in a scheduled 4-round super lightweight bout. Time was .50 of round two.

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WBO #10 Gary Corcoran arrives in Brisbane

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By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

WBO #10 welterweight Gary Corcoran arrived in Brisbane ahead of his showdown against WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn for a Press Conference to announce the world title bout in Brisbane on December 13. Corcoran talked to Grantlee Kieza of the Courier Mail.

“I’ve been fighting all my life,” Corcoran said. “I’ve got eight brothers and they are all champion boxers, too. At school I was suspended 19 times, a lot of the time for fighting, so now I get my revenge over a schoolteacher. I know I can stop him inside the distance.

“Coming to Brisbane to fight for the world title is the opportunity of a lifetime.

“I’m in great shape. Jeff Horn is a good fighter but I am just so hungry for this win. I’ve been sparring some great fighters in readiness for this and I know that I will be fitter and stronger than anyone Jeff Horn has ever seen.”

Brisbane was experiencing heavy rain when the Englishman arrived and he said: “It looks like I’ve brought the England weather with me but I know it will be hot in Brisbane on December 13. Especially for Jeff Horn. He better enjoy his time as world champ while he can because I’m taking his belt back to England. I don’t care how popular he is in Australia, his run as world champ is about to end.”

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