Pael loses by decision in return to Japan

RENOEL Pael fell short in his return to Japan after a razor-thin split decision loss to Japanese veteran Tatsuya Takahashi on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019, in Tokyo. It was a grueling eight-round fight and Pael, who fights out of the RWS Gym, was close to getting a knockout after dropping Takahashi in the final round. Takahashi, however, survived the onslaught and finished the fight up on his feet. Two judges scored it 77-75 and 76-75 for Takahashi, while the other had 76-75 for Pael. Takahashi improved to 31-9-6 with 21 knockouts, while Pael dropped to 23-11-1 with 12 knockouts. (EKA)