The WBA president felt that the final result did not reflect the physiognomy of the match.
Hassan Ndam Njikam will still have to wait before perhaps lifting the WBA (World Boxing Association) global belt of middleweight. Indeed, Gilberto Jesús Mendoza, president of one of the four major international federations of professional English boxing, ordered a new fight between the Franco-Cameroonian and the Japanese Ryota Murata.
In the first fight that pitted the two men on May 20, 2017 in Tokyo, Hassan Ndam was declared the winner to the general surprise. The former African champion was the winner by two judges (116-111, 115-112) as he had suffered a good part of the game, going to the mat at the beginning of the 4th round.
A decision that immediately provoked controversy. And it was the WBA president himself who made a terrific comeback. “After judging the fight, I think that the final result is Murata’s 117-110, so I want to apologize to Ryota Murata, to (his promoter) Teiken Promotions and all of them the Japanese boxing fans, “Gilberto Jesús Mendoza said in a statement.
For him, it is a serious mistake that only the organization of a new combat can help to mitigate. “There are no words to fix this mistake, I will ask the championships committee to schedule a new fight directly, I am disappointed by this controversy. My goal is that there be clear and transparent decisions, “he explained.
Hassan Ndam will therefore have to prepare again to face Murata who appeared above him at the first fight. But in the meantime, the French of Cameroonian origin signed his 36th victory against two defeats only. He was since December 2016, WBA World Middleweight Champion.