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December 4, 1994

NAGOYA, Japan (AP) _ Champion Yasuei Yakushiji won a majority decision Sunday over champion Joichiro Tatsuyoshi in Japan’s most lucrative match ever, a World Boxing Council bantamweight unification title bout.

American judge Carol Castellano had it 116-112 and Japanese judge Nobuaki Uratani saw it 115-114, both for Yakushiji. Japanese judge Ken Morita called it even at 114-114.

The two Japanese fighters received $1.7 million apiece for the 12-round bout at Nagoya Municipal Gymnasium.

Tatsuyoshi forced Yakushiji to the rope often, and the two exchanged fierce rounds of punches throughout the bloody bout. There were no knockdowns.

Tatsuyoshi’s left eye became swollen in the fourth round and began bleeding in the sixth. His eye appeared almost closed by the eighth, but he continued to fight. ---

KYOKUSHIMURA, Japan (AP) - Second-round leader Mitsuyo Hirata overcame a double-bogey and shot a 1-under-par 71 Sunday to win the Mizuno women’s tournament, the final event this year on the Japan LPGA tour.

Meanwhile, despite finishing 29th in the tournament, Mayumi Hirase clinched the money title for the second straight year. She earned $698,179 and won four tournaments.

Hirata finished 9-under at 207 on the 6,274-yard, par-72 Kumamoto Chuo Country Club. Hirata, who won by three strokes, earned $108,000 for her second career victory and first this season. ---

TOKYO (AP) - Ichiro Ogimura, a former world table tennis champion and president of the International Table Tennis Federation, died of lung cancer Sunday at the Red Cross Medical Center. He was 62.

Ogimura also was the Japanese Olympic Committee executive and vice president of the Japan Table Tennis Association. He won both the men’s singles and team titles at the World Championships in London in 1954 while he was a Nihon University student.

He led Japan to win five straight championships in the men’s team competition beginning in 1954. During his career, he won 12 world titles in singles, mixed doubles and team competitions.

Ogimura became an executive member of the ITTF in 1973 and president of ITTF in 1987.

He was survived by widow, a son and two daughters. ---

TAKARAZUKA, Japan (AP) - Jockey Jerry Bailey is a big name in the United States, and now racing fans on the other side of the Pacific know he’s one of the best.

Bailey finished third among in competition among the world’s best riders in the four-race World Super Jockeys Series.

Japan’s Takayuki Ishizaki was the winner Sunday, followed by compatriot Yutaka Take and Bailey.

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