Earlier today fight fans around the globe had the chance to see an OPBF Super Flyweight title fight, as defending champion Rene Dacquel (20-7-1, 6) battled agained talented Australian challenger Andrew Moloney (16-0, 10). Sadly for Dacquel the bout would end his reign, though the Filipino should feel no shame in losing to someone as talented and promising as Moloney, following 3 succesful defenses.
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.
This coming Saturday is set to be a hectic day for fight fans, specifically those who follow the lower weights. There is, of course, "Superfly 2" taking place in the US but that's not the only show set to highlight the sport's little men.
In Australia we'll see several little men in action, including OPBF Super Flyweight champion Rene Dacquel (20-6-1, 6), who will be defending his title against unbeaten Australian talent Andrew Moloney (15-0, 10) in a very good match up.
Today the two men took part in their weigh in and both fighters managed to make the 115lbs weight, whilst looking in great shape.
On the scales it was the challenger who was the heavier man, coming in exactly on the 115lb limit. He looked confident whilst holding his WBA Oceania title, which will be unified with the OPBF title by the winner. As for Dacquel he was slightly lighter, coming in at coming in at around 114lbs, similar to the weight he was in his 2015 loss to Takuma Inoue andslightly lighter than he has been in bouts since then.
From what we understand this bout, and the entire card, will be stream on the Aus-Boxing facebook group for those wanting to watch what could be the sleeper bout of the weekend.
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On September 9th the Super Flyweight division is set to be the focus of fight fans around the globe. Today we had a little taster of what is to come as OPBF Super Flyweight champion Rene Dacquel (20-6-1, 6) recorded the third defense of his title, and over-came Japanese challenger Hayato Kimura (26-10, 17) [木村 隼人所属].
The fight started well for the champion, but Kimura slowly fought his way in to the contest, and was even on one card after 4 rounds, whilst the other two cards had Dacquel leading 39-37
With the open scoring letting Kimura know he was behind he went into the middle rounds with a bit more fire, and let his hands go freely in round 5, as he attacked the body of Dacquel. The fire saw Kimura end catch up on a second card, to have the scores 76-76 on two cards, but couldn't quite do enough to convince the third judge, who had the bout 77-75 to Dacquel.
The champion seemed to know the fight was swinging against him, so turned it on in the final few rounds, using his long reach and 12 round championship experience, to sweep the final 3 rounds on all 3 cards and take the unanimous decision, with scores of 117-111, 116-112 and 115-113.
It was the right decision to have Dacquel winning, his third successive decision in Japan, but it's going to be interesting to see where he goes now, with it being obvious that he's a long way from world level, but unlikely to make life changing money fighting at this level. For Kimura it's not the end, but it will be very hard for him to get another title fight any time soon.
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Tomorrow fight fans at the Korakuen Hall get the chance to see a brilliantly stacked card, featuring two OPBF title bouts. One of those will see OPBF Super Flyweight champion Rene Dacquel (19-6-1, 6) defending his title against Japanese challenger Hayato Kimura (26-9, 17) [木村 隼人所属], in what we expect will be a hotly contested fight between two men who know that a win really could push their careers on.
At the weigh in today Dacquel was the lighter man, coming in around 114.35lbs. The champion was very comfortably under the limit, but looked in good shape, and is clearly relaxed in Japan where he has fought 6 previous bouts, and has won his last two bouts. Despite being relaxed he certainly won't be over-looking the challenger, who was once viewed as a genuine prospect with a lot of potential to go all the way.
Talking about his foe, Kimura was 115lbs on the scales, hitting the limit,and looked in great shape, with real confidence in his eyes. Despite looking confident he did admit that this could be his last chance at a major title, following two losses in recent years for the Japanese title. He will, however, be coming into this bout on the crest of momentumn that is sweeping through the Watanabe gym right now and has seen them have an amazing 2017 so far.
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Earlier this month we reported that Hidenori Otake (28-2-3, 12) [大竹 秀典] would be defending the OPBF Super Bantamweight title for the first time on July 19th, battling against fellow veteran Kinshiro Usui (27-5, 11) [臼井 欽士郎]. The winner of that bout will then defend the title in October against super-prospect Hinata Maruta (5-0, 4) [丸田 陽七太].
Today we learned that the Otake Vs Usui bout may not be the only OPBF title bout on that July 19th card.
According to our sources the other OPBF title bout on the card will see OPBF Super Flyweight champion Rene Dacquel (19-6-1, 6) defending his title against Japanese challenger Hayato Kimura (26-9, 17) [木村 隼人所属], and will be officially announced in the coming days, with two separate sources reporting the bout is a done deal for the show.
For Dacquel the bout will be his third straight contest in Japan, where he has beaten Go Onaga and Shota Kawaguchi in the last 12 months, and will be his 7th bout on Japanese soil in total, where he is now 3-2-1. The win will help strengthen his claim for a world title fight, but the reality is that he's a long way off contending with the top dogs in the division. Despite being a fringe contender the OPBF title he holds is a valuable title to hold and is earning him solid pay days to defend the belt on the road against Japanese challengers.
For Kimura the bout will see him trying to end a 0-5 run in title fights dating back more than 8 years. The talented 27 year old Japanese fighter has suffered recent title fight losses to Sho Ishida and Kenta Nakagawa but could really give his career a huge shot in the arm if he can upset Dacquel here. A win for the Japanese would be a career defining victory, but he's clearly the under-dog against the well travelled Filipino.
With two solid looking titles bouts the card looks good, and it will also feature Shingo Wake (20-5-2, 12) [和氣 慎吾] battling former Japanese interim Super Bantamweight champion Mikihito Seto (34-13-3, 18) [瀬藤 幹人], giving it a really strong ling up at the topof the card.
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