Middleweight World Title Rematch Ordered By WBA

WBA “regular” middleweight champion Hassan N’Dam is not done dealing with Ryota Murata in the wake of the controversy surrounding their first fight.

The WBA announced that a purse bid was ordered between N’Dam and Murata for a rematch to happen.

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Committee ordered a purse bid between the regular Middleweight Champion, Cameroonian Hassan N’Dam, and Japanese Ryota Murata. The purse bid is scheduled for July 7th, 2017.

This purse bid will be carried out because the parties could not agree to make their rematch, which was ordered by the Championships Committee last May after the controversial result of their first fight. The percentage division for this bid will be 75% for the champion and 25% for the opponent, and the minimum amount will be $200.000.

This auction will be held at the WBA offices located in Panama City, Panama, and will be directed by the Panamanian Aurelio Fiengo, who is a WBA Directorate Member. Both the N’Dam and Murata teams were duly notified of this process.

The controversy from their first fight came as a result of the judging. N’Dam won the first fight back on May 20 via split decision (115-112, 116-111, 110-117) to win the then-vacant middleweight title, much to the disagreement of most of the boxing community. That title is the secondary title to Gennady Golovkin’s WBA “super” middleweight title that will be defended when he fights Canelo Alvarez on September 16.

The "regular" middleweight title was vacated when Daniel Jacobs lost to Golovkin back in March. N'Dam was the governing body's interim titleholder before the fight against Murata.

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