Just moments ago Indonesian fans had the chance to see an intriguing card on i-News, who streamed the show world wide on their website. The card didn't get too much attention internationally, but the Friday card was one that was worth tuning in for with some genuinely fun action.
The first of two title bouts aired on the telecast saw novice professional Hanif Yogya (4-2-1, 2), fighting as Hanif Brawijaya, score a victory against veteran Rasmanudin (19-15-3, 10) to claim the Indonesian Boxing Commission Super Bantamweight title. The little known Yogya, who is believed to have debuted back in back in 2013 and began his career 0-2-1, pressurised the more experienced Rasmanudin throughout before dropping Rasmanudin in round 12 to secure the decision.
The win for Yogya sees him claim his first first title and his 4th straight win. Sadly for Rasmanudin, who has been a genuine servant of Indonesian boxing, this looks likely to be the end now, and sees him fall to 2-12-1 in his last 15 bouts.
The other title bout, the show's main event, was an international bout that saw Filipino fighter Allan Tanada (14-4-3, 6) win a slugfest with former world title challenger Roy Mukhlis (28-6-3, 21), to claim the World Boxing Foundation Asia Pacific Lightweight title. The bout was a slugfest from the opening round with both men showing little regard to defense and being happy to show their free swinging side. Sadly for the local favourite that was a bad idea and as early as round 3 it was clear he was going to struggle with the power of Tanada. He seemed to realise that brawling with Tanada was a mistake and started to box more in round 5.
The boxing worked in parts for Mukhlis but essentially it caused Tanada to up his pressure and in round 7 that pressure paid off with the Filipino, a former OPBF champion, dropping Mukhlis who was saved by the bell. Mukhlis may have seen out round 7 but round 8 was too much for him with the Indonesian turning his back on Tanada and forcing the referee to stop the bout.
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