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First Japanese world champ dies

Yoshio Shirai, the first Japanese boxer ever to be crowned a world champion, died of pneumonia Friday, his family said Sunday.

He was 80. In May 1952, Shirai won the world flyweight title in a decision in his international debut at the age of 29 and successfully defended it four times before he lost it on points to Pascal Perez of Argentina in Nov. 1954.