The bout was Muranaka's second contest in the last 12 months, following suspensions for failing to make weight twice in 2015, but unlike his previous bout there wasn't ring rust on the talented Flash Akabane fighter. Instead their was hunger.
From the off Muranaka looked confident and sharp, and although Pael seemed to enter the bout with the intention of upsetting Muranaka he simple couldn't force the Japanese fighter to respect him. Instead it was the left hook and straight right of Muranaka that seemed to be the key punches whilst his defense did a lot to frustrate Pael who was competitive at times, but clearly beaten.
The effort from Pael was reflected on the score-cards but so too was the clear nature of Muranaka's win with the score cards reading 79-74 and 78-74, twice.
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