The Filipino started well, and was really competitive in the first 2 rounds, arguably deserving round 2, though it was really from then on that Moloney upped the pace and took control of the bout. The movement, power and combinations of Moloney imprssed from round 3, with some particularly nasty body shots that put Dacquel on to the back foot and allowed Moloney to break down Dacquel's will to win.
The start for Dacquel was good enough to see him earning a level scorecard after 4 rounds, with one judge having it 38-38, but the other two judges had it 39-37 and 40-36 to Moloney. From then it was always a struggle for Dacquel, who looked like he was wilting in the middle rounds, before having a competitive round in the 8th, as he seemed to realise he had to his his ground and not back. When he had backed up he had been punished on the ropes, and Moloney really was letting his shots go. After round 8 the bout was essentially over on the score-cards, with Moloney leading 78-74, 79-74 and 79-73.
After Moloney tooks round 9 it was clearly beyond Dacquel, but to his credit the Filipino dug deep after gave everythign he had in rounds 10 and 11, arguably taking both rounds, before spending round 12 chasing Moloney who knew he had the bout in the big and didn't need to take any risks. In the end Dacquel's late surge didn't mean much on the score cards, with the judges scoring it 119-109, 118-111 and 117-111 to Moloney.
The loss for Dacquel ends a 5 fight winning running, but he can certainly bounce back from this and he showed that is tough, brave and refuses to lie down. As for Moloney, he's looking like a future Australian star and Aussie fans should get very excited about both Andrew and his brother Jason.