WBA head calls for rematch of N'Dam-Murata middleweight bout

WBA head calls for rematch of N'Dam-Murata middleweight bout

WBA head calls for rematch of N'Dam-Murata middleweight bout

"I sincerely apologise to the fans for failing to win the fight", Murata told reporters after his hopes of facing the middleweight division's unified champion Gennady Golovkin were dealt a hammer blow.

N'Dam was declared the victor 116-111, 115-112, whilst the third judge looked to have it about right with 117-110 in favor of Murata.

Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam (34-2, 21 KOs) picked up a heavily scrutinized win for the vacant WBA middleweight belt as as he picked up a split decision win over 2012 Olympic gold medalist Ryota Murata (12-1, 9 KOs) on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan.

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"I will demand the championship committee to order a direct rematch". His personal score was 117-110 for Murata. He took to Twitter to say: "I feel angry and frustrating for not being able to serve the sport with the right decisions".

"I am disappointed with the controversy", Mendoza added. "Even after I was knocked down I stuck to my game plan".

In what seemed to be a straightforward victory for Murata, who won at least eight rounds on first viewing, it was N'Dam who took a split decision.

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Murata, who was bidding to become only Japan's second middleweight world champion, and first in 22 years, refused to make excuses after a first defeat in 13 professional fights, but insisted: "He didn't hit me with a single punch that hurt me".

A night after N'Dam won a split decision over the London Olympic gold medalist, Mendoza took to Twitter to say he had Murata as the victor, and apologized for the outcome that left Murata shell-shocked in the ring.

The Japanese challenger went for the kill, unleashing a series of right-hand bombs that threatened to bring an early end to the fight.

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