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Japanese wrestler turned politician Antonio Inoki dies aged 79

Wrestler turned politician Antonio Inoki, referred to as Japan’s Dennis Rodman who fought Muhammad Ali within the ’bout of the century’, dies aged 79

  • Japanese wrestling legend-turned-politician Antonio Inoki has died aged 79
  • He was born in wartime Yokohama in Japan on February 20, 1943
  • Inoki based New Japan Pro Wrestling in 1972 and fought Muhammad Ali
  • He was elected to the Japanese House of Councillors in 1989
  • Yahoo Japan reported Inoki handed away following well being points

Japanese wrestling legend-turned-politician Antonio Inoki has died aged 79.

Born in wartime Yokohama on February 20, 1943, Inoki based New Japan Pro Wrestling in 1972 earlier than coming into politics in 1989, when he was elected to the Japanese House of Councillors.

In the world of wrestling, Inoki educated a number of wrestlers together with Akira Maeda, Bad News Allen, the primary Tiger Mask, Keiji Muto, Riki Choshu, Shinsuke Nakamura, Tatsumi Fujinami and Rocky Romero.

Known as Japan’s Dennis Rodman, he even fought boxer Muhammad Ali within the 1976 ’bout of the century’ – a battle which consultants say served as a predecessor to modern-day combined martial arts.

Japanese wrestling legend-turned-politician Antonio Inoki has died aged 79

Japanese wrestling legend-turned-politician Antonio Inoki has died aged 79 

Muhammad Ali shaking hands with Japanese professional wrestler Antonio Inoki in 1998

Muhammad Ali shaking arms with Japanese skilled wrestler Antonio Inoki in 1998

Known as Japan's Dennis Rodman, Inoki fought boxer Ali in the 1976 'bout of the century' - a fight which experts say served as a predecessor to modern day mixed martial arts

Known as Japan’s Dennis Rodman, Inoki fought boxer Ali within the 1976 ’bout of the century’ – a battle which consultants say served as a predecessor to modern-day combined martial arts

Rikidozan and Antonio Inoki in around 1960 in Japan

Rikidozan and Antonio Inoki in round 1960 in Japan

Professional wrestler Antonio Inoki speaks at an event on October 31, 2020

Professional wrestler Antonio Inoki speaks at an occasion on October 31, 2020

During his time in office, Inoki represented Japan in conferences with the likes of Cuba’s Fidel Castro and Iraq’s Saddam Hussein. 

Inoki was additionally an envoy for skilled wrestling, bringing main occasions to locations like Russia and China. 

In 1995, Inoki fought American Ric Flair in what was referred to as the ‘Collision in Korea,’ a two-day occasion held in Pyongyang’s big May Day Stadium that drew a reported 380,000 spectators and visitor attendees together with Ali. 

Ali dances as Japanese wrestler Antonio Inoki tries a leg kick

Ali dances as Japanese wrestler Antonio Inoki tries a leg kick

Muhammad Ali fighting with Antonio Inoki in 1976

Muhammad Ali combating with Antonio Inoki in 1976

His retirement match, held on April 4, 1998 on the Tokyo Dome, drew greater than 70,000 followers.

And in 2010, Inoki was inducted into WWE Hall of Fame.

Yahoo Japan reported that Inoki had handed away aged 79 following a string of well being points lately. No explanation for loss of life has been revealed.

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