fighter

Ryota Murata

Weightclass: Middleweight

  • 13wins

  • 1losses

  • 0draws

  • 10kos

AGE:
30
Birthplace:
Nara, Nara Prefecture, Japan
Height:
6’0”
reach:
-
Managers:
Akihiko Honda
Trainers:
Ismael Salas

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Ryota Murata

At the age of 31, Ryota is a three-year pro. A top contender at 160 pounds, he is a former elite international amateur who won the middleweight gold medal at the 2012 Olympics.

Over his first 12 fights as a pro, he stayed active in the ring, stepped up in class of opposition, and gave strong performances. He has had nine scheduled 10-rounders, and gone the full 10-round distance three times.

He is now an “uncrowned champion.” In his last fight on May 20 in Tokyo, Ryota challenged for the vacant WBA middleweight world title but lost a very controversial decision against two-time Olympian and former WBA and WBO interim middleweight champion Hassan N’Dam.

ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael reported [excerpts]: Horrible decision alert! How bad was this judging atrocity? The day after the fight, WBA president Gilberto Mendoza, whose organization sanctioned it for its secondary title, apologized for the scoring, to Murata, his team and all Japanese fans and said an immediate rematch would be ordered. That’s extraordinarily unusual.

American judge Raul Caiz Sr. (117-111) got it right. Judges Gustavo Padilla, of Panama, had a putrid score of 116-111 and Canada’s Hubert Earl (115-112) was also bad in a fight Japan’s Murata, a 2012 Olympic gold medalist, dominated against former titlist N’Dam.

Murata dropped N’Dam with a right hand late in the fourth round and manhandled him. [End Rafael item]

A WBA press release stated [May 25 – excerpts]: Gilberto Jesus Mendoza, president of the World Boxing Association (WBA), announced at a press conference Thursday that judges Gustavo Padilla of Panama and Hubert Earle of Canada were suspended for six months – over their scoring of the fight from last Saturday in Japan in the match between Hassan N’Dam and Ryota Murata for the “regular” middleweight title of the sanctioning body.

“My decision of that contest, those of 5 judges who evaluated the fight and the one of the supervisors that was present at the fight – were different from the one that those judges saw. I considered that I should address this case as soon as possible and I did so on Saturday. However, we had to announce the measures we would take with the judges after a more extensive evaluation of what happened,” Mendoza said.

In addition to the 6-month suspension, both Padilla and Earle must pass several evaluations before being able to be judges again in the case of a fight sanctioned by the WBA and its regional organizations.

Mendoza also ordered a rematch between Hassan N’Dam and Ryota Murata.

“I have already apologized publicly for the N’Dam-Murata case. In my social networks I made known my point of view and score. I want you to know that I did this, because I think the case deserved it.” [End WBA item]

fight history

  • 2013

    On 12-6-13 in Tokyo he won by TKO (8th round) against David Peterson (13-1): the scheduled 8-rounder was on the undercard of the Akira Yaegashi-Edgar Sosa main event; Peterson gave a determined effort, but Ryota dominated the fight, landed the harder punches, and steadily wore him down; he scored a knockdown with a series of punches in the 8th round, and the referee stopped the fight at 1:20; after seven rounds, Ryota led by scores of 70-63, 70-63, 69-64…

    He made his debut at the age of 27 on 8-25-13 in Tokyo and won by TKO (2nd round) against OPBF middleweight champion Akio Shibata (21-7-1): the scheduled 6-rounder headlined at Ariake Coliseum, and Ryota quickly overpowered him; he scored a knockdown with a right hand in the 1st round, then staggered Shibata with a series of punches in the 2nd and the referee stopped the fight at 2:24…

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  • 2014

    On 12-30-14 in Tokyo he won a 10 round unanimous decision against Jessie Nicklow (24-4-3): the bout was one of the co-features with the Naoya Inoue-Omar Narvaez main event, and Ryota dominated the fight; Nicklow gave a determined effort and pressed forward; Ryota was cut, but consistently outboxed and outworked him, and landed the harder punches; scored 100-90, 100-90, 100-91…

    On 9-5-14 in Tokyo he won a 10 round unanimous decision against Mexican middleweight champion Adrian Luna (17-2-1): the bout was one of the co-features with the Roman Gonzalez-Akira Yaegashi main event; Ryota dominated the fight and won by scores of 99-91, 98-92, 100-90…

    On 5-22-14 in Kyoto, JAP, he won by knockout (6th round) against Jesus Nerio (12-3): the scheduled 10-rounder headlined at the Shimazu Arena; Nerio gave a good effort, but Ryota dominated the fight; he consistently outworked Nerio and landed the harder punches, and staggered him late in the 5th round; Ryota scored two knockdowns in the 6th – the first with a series of punches, the second with a right hand – and Nerio was counted out at 2:35; after five rounds, Ryota led by scores of 50-45, 50-45, 49-46…

    On 2-22-14 in Macau, CHI, he won by TKO (4th round) against Carlos Nascimento (29-3): the scheduled 8-rounder was on the undercard of the Zou Shiming-Yokthong Kokietgym main event; Nascimento gave a good effort, but Ryota quickly overpowered him; he scored a knockdown with a left hook to the body in 3rd round, then scored another knockdown with a series of punches in the 4th and the referee stopped the fight at 0:43; after three rounds, Ryota led by scores of 30-26 on all three scorecards…

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  • 2015

    On 11-17-15 in Las Vegas he won a 10 round unanimous decision against Gunnar Jackson (22-6-3): the bout was on the undercard of the Timothy Bradley Jr.-Brandon Rios main event – Jackson gave a good effort, but Ryota dominated the fight; he consistently outboxed and outworked Jackson, landed the harder punches, and scored repeatedly with body punches; scored 98-92, 97-93, 99-91…

    On 5-1-15 in Tokyo, JAP, he won by TKO (5th round) against Damaio Ataide (13-1-1): the scheduled 10-rounder was co-featured with Takashi Miura-Billy Dib main event, and it was a good fight; Ataide gave a strong effort and kept a busy pace, but Ryota boxed well and landed the harder punches; he scored a knockdown with a right hand early in the 5th round – Ataide got up, but Ryota scored another knockdown with a series of punches and the referee stopped the fight at 0:38; after four rounds, Ryota led by scores of 39-37, 40-36, 38-38…

     

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