Former wrestler turned politician Antonio Inoki. File photo: Reuters
Former wrestler turned politician Antonio Inoki. File photo: Reuters
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Antonio Inoki, Japanese wrestler turned lawmaker who took on Muhammad Ali, dies at 79

  • The legendary wrestler had a mixed martial arts match with Ali in 1976, dubbed as ‘the bout of the century’
  • Inoki also made numerous trips to North Korea, saying Japan could play a role in mediating with its nuclear-armed neighbour

Former wrestler turned politician Antonio Inoki. File photo: Reuters
Former wrestler turned politician Antonio Inoki. File photo: Reuters
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