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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