The world title rematch between Hassan N’Dam and Ryota Murata will be televised live on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes, Sunday, October 22, at 7:00 a.m. ET. The fight takes place @ Kokugikan, Tokyo, Japan for the WBA World Middleweight Title. Also on the card that will NOT be televised - Ken Shiro vs Pedro Guevara for the WBC World Light Flyweight Title and Daigo Higa vs Thomas Masson for the WBC World Flyweight Title.
In their previous fight, which took place on May 20th, N’Dam claimed the vacant world title with a controversial split decision, scores Raul Caiz Sr 110-117 | Gustavo Padilla 116-111 | Hubert Earle 115-112. During the fight N’Dam was dropped in the fourth round. Many thought Murata out boxed him thru out the fight. The WBA also ordered an immediate rematch.
Murata 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. Five of Murata’s last six victories have come by way of knockout.