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Ex-K-1 titlist Takei decisions Moloney, wins WBO bantamweight title

May 07, 2024 8:54 am

  Fifth-ranked challenger Yoshiki Takei of Ohashi Boxing Gym pounded out a unanimous decision over World Boxing Organization bantamweight champion Jason Moloney of Australia to wrest the title as the chief supporting card of the four world titles matches called ‘’Prime Video Presents Live Boxing 8’’ in Tokyo.

  After the 12-round fight at Tokyo Dome, two of the three judges scored the fight 116-111 and the third judge had it 117-111, all in favor of the 27-year-old Takei, the winner of a former K-1 super bantamweight grand prix.

  With Takei’s win, all the bantamweight titles of the world’s four major sanctioning bodies were occupied by Japanese.

  With the defeat, the 33-year-old Moloney failed in his second defense of the title he won two years ago.

  While there were no knockdowns in the fight, it was the left-handed Takei who took control of the fight from the beginning by sticking out right jabs and left hooks to the body.

  Though Takei was deducted a point in the second round due to his low blows, he continued to work Moloney’s body and piled up points.

  While Moloney, aware he is behind on points, pressed forward in the final round with left and right hooks to the head and slightly staggered Takei, it was too late.

  After the fight, Takei said, ‘’It was hard for me to fight 12 rounds. I really wanted to earn a knockout victory. But Moloney did not allow me to do that because he was strong.’’ It was the undefeated Take’s first decision victory.

  With the win, Takei extended his unbeaten streak to nine, eight by KO, while Moloney sagged to a 27-3 win-loss tally with 19 KOs.

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