Earlier today Japanese fans in Okinawa had the chance to see three Japan Vs Philippines bouts at the Prefectural Budokan.
The most significant of those bouts was an OPBF Super Flyweight title bout that Rene Dacquel (18-6-1,6) take a unanimous decision over local favourite, and local ranked fighter, Go Onaga (27-3-2, 18) [翁長 吾央], with the result likely ending Onaga's dream of winning a world title.
The 36 year old local knew he was in last chance saloon as he entered the bout, his third professional title bout. Although he had won 10 in a row over the last 4 years he had to win this one if his career was going to go on. It seemed like Dacquel knew what the bout meant to Onaga and the Okinawan crowd and he dulled the emotion quickly using movement to zap the energy from the arena. It wasn't a popular move but it was a smarter one than entering a fire fight with Onaga from the off.
The tactics had mixed success with the judges. Who had the bout 39-37, 38-38 and 37-38 after 4 rounds, giving us a split draw.
As the bout progressed the movement of Dacquel slowed and he was drawn into more and more of a fight. That however didn't seem to bother the travelling Filipino who found a home for his left hook downstairs and did damage with it in round 8, dropping Onaga. That knockdown helped earn Dacquel a lead after 8 rounds with the cards reading 77-74 and 76-75 in favour of Dacquel, whilst the third judge had it 76-75 to Onaga.
Whilst the body shot in round 8 didn't finish off Onaga it might as well have with the Japanese fighter looking a done fighter down the stretch and certainly feeling the lingering effects of the shot. One two of the cards he was whitewashed over the final portion of the fight, whilst one judge had the men sharing the last 4.
At the end was very little argument about the winner, with the judges scoring the bout 117-110, 115-112 and 114-113 to Dacquel, who notches his first defense of the title and leaves Onaga's career looking done.
Whilst Dacquel won in the main event his compatriots on the under-card weren't as fortunate. Former world title challenger Jeffrey Galero (14-2, 7) came up short against Seita Ogido (11-2-1, 3) [荻堂 盛太], with Seita taking a unanimous decision, and Nathan Bolcio (13-11-3, 4) lost a decision to Masatoshi Kotani (19-2, 13) [小谷 将寿], who continues to make a strong case to get a title fight.
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