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Japanese boxer dies after debut

A Japanese boxer has died 17 days after he was knocked out in his professional debut.

The 21-year-old Tesshin Okada died in a Tokyo hospital on Monday, the Japan Boxing Commission said on Monday.

Okada lost consciousness after the fourth and final round of a super-flyweight bout against another professional debutant.

He was rushed to hospital by ambulance and underwent a craniotomy after being diagnosed with an acute subdural haematoma, the commission said.

Okada was the 38th boxer to die from injuries in bouts in Japan since 1952 when the commission was founded.

His death comes less than a month since a 16-year-old schoolboy died after an amateur fight in the Philippines.

Jonas Garcia suffered internal bleeding and was in a coma for a week after the bout. His death triggered calls for the sport to be banned in schools in the Philippines.


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