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Boxer Dies Two Weeks After Knockout

October 27, 1998 GMT

TOKYO (AP) _ Japanese super bantamweight Ken Katagiri died Tuesday of a brain injury, two weeks after he was knocked out.

He is the 28th boxer in Japan to die from injuries in a bout since the Japan Boxing Commission was created in 1952.

The death of the 28-year-old boxer is first ring fatality in Japan since junior bantamweight Akira Taiga died a year ago.

Katagiri was knocked down by Fusaaki Takenaga in the ninth round of a scheduled 10-round bout at Tokyo’s Korakuen boxing hall Oct. 12.

He stood up and tried to fight, but Takenaga punished him with blows to the face and Katagiri dropped again. Katagiri went into a coma and brain surgery failed to save him.

Katagiri began fighting as a pro in 1991 and had a record of five victories, six defeats and two draws.