East Meets West

June 05, 1960

Twenty thousand Japanese fight fans abandoned their traditional Oriental reserve last week at Tokyo's Korakuen Stadium to cheer in patriotic frenzy as their challenger, Kenji Yonekura, took on Bantamweight Champion José Becerra of Mexico. But Becerra showed up with enthusiastic backers of his own: 150 swarthy aficionados who came 7,000 miles to behave at ringside like heated Mexican jumping beans. "Viva Mexico!" they shouted when Becerra won a split decision. An international answer came from the disappointed 20,000: "Boo!"

TWO PHOTOSJUN MIKIWAVING HANDS AND SHOUTING, EXUBERANT TOKYO FANS ENCOURAGE HOME-TOWN FAVORITE YONEKURA, WHILE FAR-FROM-HOME MEXICANS IN SERAPES AND SOMBREROS CHEER THEIR COUNTRYMAN, BECERRA

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)