|Real name||村田 諒太|
|Height||182 cm (6 ft 0 in)|
|Born||January 12, 1986|
Nara, Nara Prefecture, Japan
|Wins by KO||11|
Ryōta Murata (村田 諒太 Murata Ryōta, born January 12, 1986 in Nara, Nara Prefecture) is a Japanese professional boxer who has held the WBA (Regular) middleweight title from October 2017 to October 2018. As an amateur, he won the gold medal at the 2012 Olympics.
Early life and amateur career
Murata started boxing in the first grade of junior high school. His then trainer was Hiroaki Takami who competed at the 1984 Summer Olympics. Two years later, he started attending Shinko Boxing Gym in Osaka from his home in Nara City. He was trained under the former Japanese super lightweight champion Hiromu Kuwata at that gym for one year. He proceeded to Minami-Kyoto High School and was coached there by Maekawa Takemoto, who served as the coach of the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. Murata went on to capture five national titles. Takemoto died in 2010, at the age of 50. However, after admission to Toyo University, he suffered a number of DQ losses in the university league. At that time, he trained at the Physical Training School of the Self Defense Forces, on the recommendation of Takemoto.
After winning the All-Japan Amateur Boxing Championships in the first grade of university in 2004, he captured the bronze medal in the 2005 Asian Amateur Boxing Championships in Ho Chi Minh City, and the silver medal in the 2005 King’s Cup in Bangkok. After that, Murata went on an undefeated streak in his country, winning the All-Japan Amateur Boxing Championships also in 2007, 2009, 2010, and 2011,. However, he was eliminated in the preliminary round by Nikolajs Grisunins at the 2005 World Amateur Boxing Championships, and was also eliminated in the preliminary round by Bakhtiyar Artayev in the 2006 Asian Games. In the 2007 World Amateur Boxing Championships he won against Donatas Bondorovas in the first round, but lost to Shawn Estrada in the second round.
At the 2008 1st Asian Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Bangkok, Thailand, he won over Narmandakh Shinebayar in the quarterfinal, but lost to Elshod Rasulov in the semifinal. In the 2nd AIBA Asian 2008 Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Astana, Kazakhstan, he was eliminated in the quarterfinal by Homayoun Amiri and ended in the seventh place. Murata retired as a boxer after failing to qualify for the 2008 Summer Olympics. After graduating from the university, he started coaching at the boxing club while working as an employee of his alma mater. A year and a half later, he resumed his boxing career.
In 2010, he secured the bronze medal by winning over Udai Al-Hindawi in the quarterfinal of the China Open Tournament in Guiyang, China, but lost to Husan Baymatov in the semifinal. In the 2010 Kazakhstan President's Cup in Astana, he won over Levan Guledani in the preliminary round, but lost to Danabek Suzhanov in the quarterfinal. In July 2011, he won the gold medal at the 21st President's Cup in Jakarta.
At the 2011 World Amateur Boxing Championships, Murata won over his preliminary contest over Leandro Sanchez (24–11). In a big upset, Murata stopped two-time world champion Abbos Atoev in the first round. He subsequently defeated Mohammad Sattarpour (22–11, in the second round) and Stefan Härtel (18–15, in the third round). By beating Härtel, Murata secured qualification for the 2012 Summer Olympics. In the quarter-final, he beat Darren O'Neill (18-9). Finally he defeated Esquiva Falcão (24–11) to qualify for the final. Murata's run came to an end against Evhen Khytrov, losing a close match (22–24) and taking home the silver medal.
In the 2012 Summer Olympics, second-seeded Murata defeated Algeria's Abdelmalek Rahou 21–12 in the round of 16 at the ExCeL London on August 2, 2012. He subsequently beat Turkey's Adem Kılıççı 17–13 in the quarter-finals on August 6, and also outpointed Uzbekistan's Abbos Atoev 13–12 in the semi-finals on August 10. In the final on August 11, he beat the Esquiva Falcão with a score of 14–13 and took the gold medal.[Video 1][Video 2] After winning the quarter-finals, Murata and Florentino were both assured of the first men's boxing medal for their countries since the 1968 Summer Olympics. It was a tough, close bout.
Murata is the hundredth gold medalist for Japan in their Olympic history. His is Japan's first boxing gold medal since Takao Sakurai won in the bantamweight class in 1964, and also is the first-ever boxing medal in a weight class other than bantamweight or flyweight.
Murata finished his amateur career with a record of 119–18 (89 RSC).
Men's Middleweight (75 kg)
- Round of 16: Ryōta Murata, Japan (21) def Abdelmalek Rahou, Algeria (12)
- Quarterfinals: Ryōta Murata, Japan (17) def Adem Kılıççı, Turkey (13)
- Semi-finals: Ryōta Murata, Japan (13) def Abbos Atoev, Uzbekistan (12)
- Final: Ryōta Murata, Japan (14) def Esquiva Falcão, Brazil (13)
Murata registered with Misako Boxing Gym in April 2013, and signed with Top Rank in June. He also asked Teiken Promotions for cooperation in promotion. Murata is sponsored by Dentsu. Before turning professional, Murata had declined participation in AIBA Pro Boxing by saying that he intended to retire as a boxer. Upon turning professional, Murata was banned from Japan Amateur Boxing Federation (JABF) for his disloyal behavior in February 2013.
Qualified as a professional boxer in April 2013, he was cleared to fight in eight or more round bouts. His professional debut took place in a six round bout at a 161 lb catchweight against Akio Shibata at the Ariake Coliseum on August 25, 2013. Murata won the bout by a second round technical knockout. Murata went on to win his first four fights by knockout. Murata's first fight in the United States took place on November 2015 against Gunnar Jackson. He won the fight via unanimous decision (99-91, 98-92, 97-93), outworking Jackson throughout most of the fight.
After twelve consecutive victories, Murata fought for the vacant WBA (Regular) title against Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam on 27 May 2017. Murata lost a controversial split decision (116-111, 115-112, 110-117), in a match which many thought he'd won. N'Dam N'Jikam was knocked down in round 4 but survived and got the decision. When the result was announced, the crowd at Ariake Colosseum jeered. The two judges who scored the fight for N'Dam N'Jikam were immediately suspended and WBA president Gilberto Mendoza issued a public apology. A rematch was immediately ordered by the WBA, and scheduled for 22 October.
On 22 October, Murata decisively beat N'Dam N'Jikam, who threw in the towel after round 7. Murata's body attack wore his opponent down, he was also able to hurt him with a series of combinations. The fight was attended by 8,500 people at the Ryōgoku Kokugikan. This was N'Dam N'Jikam's first stoppage loss. After the fight, Murata said "I know that you’re going to have a rougher time after you win a title. And there are other very strong champions in this weight class at other organizations. The people here know it. I will aim to be at their level." With the win, Murata became the first Olympic medalist from Japan to win a world title, as well as the first Japanese middleweight world champion since Shinji Takehara.
Murata got married in May 2010, and had a son in May 2011.
Professional boxing record
|Professional record summary|
|16 fights||14 wins||2 losses|
|16||Loss||14–2||Rob Brant||UD||12||20 Oct 2018||Park MGM, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.||Lost WBA (Regular) middleweight title|
|15||Win||14–1||Emanuele Blandamura||TKO||8 (12), 2:56||15 Apr 2018||Yokohama Arena, Kanagawa, Japan||Retained WBA (Regular) middleweight title|
|14||Win||13–1||Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam||RTD||7 (12), 3:00||22 Oct 2017||Ryōgoku Kokugikan, Tokyo, Japan||Won WBA (Regular) middleweight title|
|13||Loss||12–1||Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam||SD||12||20 May 2017||Ariake Colosseum, Tokyo, Japan||For vacant WBA (Regular) middleweight title|
|12||Win||12–0||Bruno Sandoval||KO||3 (10), 2:53||30 Dec 2016||Ariake Colosseum, Tokyo, Japan|
|11||Win||11–0||George Tahdooahnippah||TKO||1 (10), 1:52||23 Jul 2016||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.|
|10||Win||10–0||Felipe Santos Pedroso||TKO||4 (10), 2:50||14 May 2016||Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong, SAR|
|9||Win||9–0||Gastón Vega||KO||2 (10), 2:23||30 Jan 2016||Oriental Sports Center, Shanghai, China|
|8||Win||8–0||Gunnar Jackson||UD||10||7 Nov 2015||Thomas & Mack Center, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.|
|7||Win||7–0||Douglas Damiao Ataide||TKO||5 (10), 0:38||1 May 2015||Ota-City General Gymnasium, Tokyo, Japan|
|6||Win||6–0||Jessie Nicklow||UD||10||30 Dec 2014||Metropolitan Gym, Tokyo, Japan|
|5||Win||5–0||Adrian Luna Flores||UD||10||5 Sep 2014||Yoyogi National Gymnasium, Tokyo, Japan|
|4||Win||4–0||Jesús Ángel Nerio||KO||6 (10), 2:35||22 May 2014||Shimazu Arena, Kyoto, Japan|
|3||Win||3–0||Carlos Nascimento||TKO||4 (8), 0:43||22 Feb 2014||Cotai Arena, Macau, SAR|
|2||Win||2–0||Dave Peterson||TKO||8 (8), 1:20||6 Dec 2013||Ryōgoku Kokugikan, Tokyo, Japan|
|1||Win||1–0||Akio Shibata||TKO||2 (6), 2:24||25 Aug 2013||Ariake Colosseum, Tokyo, Japan|
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Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam
| WBA middleweight champion
October 22, 2017 – October 20, 2018