Filipino fighter Ardin Diale (30-9-3, 15) is one of the many Filipino fighters who has gone under-the-radar through his career. Despite that he has been in some thrillers, notably his 2014 war with Koki Eto, he has spent around half of his career in title fights, and he has competed on the world stage, losing a world title fight to Julio Cesar Miranda back in 2011. Yesterday however he claimed one of his most significant wins as he won the OPBF Flyweight title, at the second time of asking.
The fighter was fighting in his second OPBF title, with the first being the Eto bout, and was battling against fellow Filipino Renoel Pael (19-2-1, 9) in a brilliant match up. The bout looked good on paper and was good in the ring.
In the ring Pael was the notably taller and longer man, that however couldn't over-come the experience and skills that Diale has developed through his long career. Diale used his smarts, found ways inside and got his work off more consistently than his foe, who did well to fight back but was often coming off second best. That was most notable in round 4 when Pael was dropped. It was the only knockdown in the fight but seemed to give Diale the boost mentally that he needed to take home the title and the win, despite a gutsy fight back from Pael.
At the end it seemed clear that Diale had done enough and the judges agreed, scoring the bout 114-113, 115-112 and 117-110 to Diale, a worthy winner and a good solid OPBF champion. Sadly for him however he's in a division full of other very good fighters and is likely to be a target for a number of those, including Takuya Kogawa, Masayoshi Hashizume, Giovanni Escaner and Kwanpichit OnesongChaigym.
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