It's fair to assume that by now we all know that Naoya Inoue successfully defended his WBO Super Flyweight world title with a blow out win against Warlito Parrenas. What you may not have been aware of is that Naoya's win was the third of the day for the Inoue family following wins, earlier in the day, for cousin Koki Inoue (1-0, 1) and younger brother Takuma Inoue (6-0, 1).
Takuma, who was defending the OPBF Super Flyweight title, scored a wide decision win over Filipino fighter Rene Dacquel (15-6-1, 5) in what was a clear win but one that left Takuma feeling disappointed with him self.
The fight started well for Takuma who was too fast and too smart for the Filipino who failed to claim any of the opening 4 rounds. Despite the good start the champion did falter in the middle section of the fight with Dacquel managing to have his best moments. After 8 rounds the judges had the bout 78-72, across the board for Takuma.
With Dacquel having had success it seemed clear that Inoue was going to have to put the bout out of reach. He did that in rounds 9 and 10 before punctuating his win with a knockdown in round 12, though couldn't finish off Dacquel.
After 12 rounds the result was in doubt, with Inoue taking the clear win on all 3 cards, with scores of 118-109, twice, and 117-119. He however seemed to suggest that he was unhappy with the performance, though of course we know the Inoue's like to really impress and he may have felt that even losing a round was disappointing.
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