Earlier this year, in May, N’Jikam secured a controversial decision win over Murata. It led to the WBA suspending two of the judges and ordering this rematch. Murata made sure of victory this time around, forcing N’Jikam, a former world title challenger, to retire on his stool after seven rounds.
For his efforts the WBA awarded Murata a secondary middleweight title. Of course, their primary champion is unified ruler Gennady Golovkin. Murata, an Olympic gold medallist in 2012, took aim at the fearsome Kazakh.
“Boxing lovers will know there’s a stronger middleweight champion than me out there,” Ryota said. “I’ll try my best to beat him.”
Also on the bill WBC flyweight champion Daigo Higa chalked up the 14th professional win, all of them coming inside the distance. He halted Frenchman Thomas Masson at 1-10 of the seventh round.