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May 26, 1996

TOKYO (AP) _ Akebono, the first foreigner to reach sumo wrestling’s highest rank of grand champion, is considering marrying Japanese television personality Yu Aihara, the master of his training stable said Sunday.

Stable master Jesse Kuhaulua said he would like more time to discuss the matter with the Hawaiian-born Akebono, whose real name is Chad Rowan.

``I told him that he can date her, but I have not approved his marriage yet,″ said the Hawaiian-born Kuhaulua, who was known as Takamiyama when he was an active wrestler.

Akebono, recovering from a knee injury, finished the 15-day Summer Grand Sumo Tournament on Sunday with a 10-5 record. He was granted Japanese citizenship last month.


LEIPZIG, Germany (AP) _ IBF light heavyweight champion Henry Maske is eying one last fight against WBA champion Virgil Hill.

``There will be a Henry Maske-Virgil Hill fight this year. I have a guarantee of it,″ Maske’s manager, Wilfried Sauerland, said Saturday night after the German star defended his title for the 10th time with a unanimous decision over American John Scully.

Sauerland said Hill’s promoter, Cedric Kushner, had agreed to hold the fight in Germany. Maske, a former East German fighter, is 30-0.

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