According to multiple Indonesian sources Indonesian fighter Tibo Monabesa (20-1-2, 8) will attempt to take a significant step towards a world title bout on March 7th, when he returns to the ring for his first bout of the year.
The once beaten Indonesian will be in action in Jarkarta where he will face a yet to be named Filipino, who is said to be world ranked by the WBC and the IBF. The manager of Monabesa, Armin Tan, has apparently refused to the name the opponent, but has stated than an agreement has been made with them for the bout.
The full details of the contest are set to be confirmed nearer to the date, with Tan seemingly wanting to keep the details of the "who" under wraps, though he did give clues to the sources. Notably there are a limited number of world ranked Filipino fighters in the division, though putting together what what Tan has said, it seems like it is likely to be Toto Landero (11-4-2, 2) that Monabesa will be up against.
The talented Indonesian suffered his only loss back in 2018, when he was stopped in 4 rounds by Japan's Hiroto Kyoguchi. Since then he has bounced back with wins over Samartlek Kokietgym and Omari Kimweri, with those wins netting Monabesa the IBO title and a WBC world ranking.
Given that Tan is speaking about taking Monabesa the WBC route to a world title fight, essentially targeting Kenshiro Teraji, it's great to hear some positive news for Indonesian boxing after the recent news from Japan, essentially banning unranked Indonesian fighters from fighting in Japan.
Related - JBC set to limit the use of Indonesian fighters in Japan
Last week the JBC issued a lengthy statement regarding a change in rules for Indonesian fighters fighting in Japan, after a number of inadequate fighters have fought in the country. The changes are actually rather serious and will have an effect not just for the Indonesian fighters themselves but also for the Japanese promoters, who will need to look elsewhere for record padding opponents.
Firstly, the big change, an invitation will be limited to Indonesian fighters who are ranked in the top 15 of any of the 4 major world title bodies (IBF, WBA, WBC and WBO), or the two major regional bodies (OPBF and WBO Asia Pacific). From reading the statement if an Indonesian isn't listed in one of the top 15, and weren't within the last 2 months, they will not be able to compete in Japan.
The JBC will also not accept fighters who's records look suspicious, or they have serious doubts about, or have been modified. It's unclear how this will be done in reality, and why it's not already been done. The decision to allow or not allow a fighter to compete will be based on official results, though with Indonesia having several different boxing boards it's again unclear how this will be put into effect. If a record has been modified after application the JBC may cancel the approval of the match up.
The third part of the statement reveals that the rules will come into effect on February 1st 2020. The policy has been brought in to improve the credibility and social status of boxing in Japan.
We'll be interested in seeing how all this works. We do tend to see very poor Indonesian imports brought over to Japan and stopped in a round or 2, which adds nothing to the sport, but for novices it's going to be potentially tough to rebuild their records.
We are very sad to report that 18 people, mostly women, have died in an incident in the Kota Lama Sport Stadium in the town of Nabire in Indonesia.
It appears that fans started a stampede after a local fighter lost on points in the Bupati Cup and although details are still somewhat scarce we send our wishes to the families of those involved in what can only be described as a tragedy.
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