On the scales both men looked in great condition and both came in around the limit at 52.1KG, which just under the 115lbs allowed by the division's limits.
For Dacquel the bout will be his first defense and sees him returning to Japan for the first time since a 2015 loss to Onaga's stablemate Takuma Inoue. Since that loss, which was also for this title, Dacquel has scored back-to-back wins, beating Mateo Handig and Lucky Tor Buamas. Notably however Dacquel has a 1-2-1 record in Japan and hasn't won there in more than 3 years.
For Onaga, who is in "must win" territory given he's now 36, the bout will see him looking for an 11th straight win, and may well open up a 2017 world title opportunity. The veteran has shown serious determination but given his age he may well struggle here in what looks like a very tough 12 rounder.
Go Onaga faces OPBF champion Rene Dacquel in must win bout!
(Image courtesy of boxmob.jp)