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Tuesday, July 16, 2019
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Pael fails on KO promise, loses by decision

VETERAN Renoel Pael failed on his promise to knock out unbeaten Japanese prospect Ryusei Kawaura after losing by unanimous decision on May 14 in Tokyo, Japan.

The 28-year-old Pael was outclassed by Kawaura in the eight-round bout.

Two judges gave Kawaura identical scores of 80-71, while the third judge saw it closer with a score of 77-74.

“He could have had it if he was not dropped in the fourth round,” Flores told SunStar Cebu.

“He started to rally in the fourth but got caught with a solid punch.

It’s a waste because I think he took the fifth, sixth and eighth rounds.

The opponent was good. He was quick and has power.”

The 28-year-old Pael dropped to 23-9-1 with 12 knockouts.

His winning streak also ended at two, and he fell to 1-3 in fights in Japan.

However, he gave Kawaura a good fight. Despite the defeat, Flores feels that Pael will bounce back stronger.

The 25-year-old Kawaura remained undefeated with 6-0 with four knockouts. (EKA)


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