IBF#10 ONAGA DEFEATS OPBF#15 PAEL IN OKINAWA


March 3, 2016

OKINAWA, JAPAN

Recently upcoming Japanese southpaw, IBF#10/OPBF#6 junior bantam Go Onaga (27-2-2, 18 KOs), 115, proved too sharp and speedy for OPBF#15 Filipino prospect Renoel Pael (19-3-1, 9 KOs), 115, as he beautifully dropped him with a countering left shot in the fifth and often had him at bay to pound out a nearly shutout decision (100-90, 99-90 twice) over ten fast rounds on Sunday in Okinawa, Japan. Onaga, formerly three-time national high school champ, failed to win the national 115-pound belt, losing a split decision to Teiru Kinoshita (who couldnft wrest the IBF belt from Zolani Tete in 2014) in 2012, but has registered ten consecutive victories since. Moving smoothly and throwing solid southpaw lefts, Onaga maintained the initiative from the outset and made Pael cover himself up like a shell all the way. The fifth witnessed his well-timed left counter deck the Filipino, who absorbed much punishment with Onagafs furious assault to try to finish the affair then and there. Onaga, in the second half, had him defensive and gave him a good lesson, steadily piling up points in every round. The promoter and ex-WBA junior welter champ Akinobu Hiranaka said, gOnagafs near-future target is the OPBF super-fly belt, and upon his acquisition he will also pursue a world championship here in Okinawa.h

In the semi-windup, OPBF#4 super-feather, hard-punching Masatoshi Kotani (18-2, 13 KOs), 130, put on a furious give-and-take performance with Koichi Ito (10-5-2, 9 KOs), 129.5, exchanging four knockdowns en route to a unanimous decision (79-71 and 78-73 twice) over eye-catching eight rounds. The underdog Ito showed a do-or-die attack and decked Kotani with a vicious right, but Kotani, a powerful hooker, sent him to the canvas twice in the same third session. Having the spectators into a frenzy, Kotani accelerated his attack, hurt Ito with his left optic badly swollen and dropped Ito again in the closing second of the final stanza. The hard-hitting victor Kotani is gunning for a shot at the OPBF 130-pound belt against Masayuki Ito who was in attendance.

Promoter: Hiranaka Promotions.

(3-13-2016)


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