1994-12-04 Yasuei Yakushiji w pts 12 Joichiro Tatsuyoshi, Rainbow Hall, Nagoya, Japan - WBC

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4 December Yasuei Yakushiji w pts 12 Joichiro Tatsuyoshi, Rainbow Hall, Nagoya, Japan - WBC. Referee: Richard Steele. Scorecards: 116-112, 115-114, 114-114. Despite having suffered a pair of detached retinas, Tatsuyoshi (117¼), the ‘interim’ titleholder and former undefeated champion, was given his promised crack at the crown but was beaten by Yakushiji (117¾) on a split decision in what was Japan’s ‘Fight of the Year’. Both men made a fast start, jabbing away, before getting to close quarters and letting the punches go until the pace and wear and tear took effect. It had been and would continue to be hugely exciting. Despite being cut near the right eye, Yakushiji came on strong in the sixth to take control before the challenger, his left eye almost closed, came with a late run to take three of the last four sessions to almost close the gap in what had been a desperate struggle for supremacy.