Earlier today fans in Jakarta got the chance to see some title action with promising Indonesian hopeful Tibo Monabesa (15-0-1, 7) taking on Filipino foe Rene Patilano (15-3-3, 7) in a bout for the vacant WBC International Silver Light Flyweight title.
The bout saw Patilano looking to return to winning ways after a tough 2016, which saw the Filipino go 1-1-1 suffering a stoppage loss to Kosei Tanaka and a technical draw with JC Francisco. The visitor showed his desire to win early in the bout and seemed to be fighting on an even level with Monabesa in the early stages of the contest.
Sadly for Patilano he was putting a lot of effort in to those early rounds and that seemed to take a toll on the visitor who was unable to keep the same speed and energy in the later stages as Monabesa began to time and counter the Filipino with ease.
The work of Monabesa, rightfully, impressed the judges and got him a well deserved decision with scores of 117-111, and 116-112, twice. With the win Monabesa claims the WBC International Silver Light Flyweight title and could well see the youngster being given a boost in the rankings. Sadly for Patilano this is a third successive set back and he'll be running a risk of becoming little more than an "opponent" in the near future.
(Image courtesy of Miko Marttinen)
"Undefeated Indonesian boxer Tibo Monabesa (14-0-1) will take on his toughest test to date when he faces Rene Patilano (15-2-3) of the Philippines on January 21st. The bout will be held at Cendrawasih Sports Hall in Jakarta.
The pair will clash over 12 rounds for the vacant WBC light flyweight International Silver title with the winner vying for a place in the top ten of the WBC rankings. Monabesa is currently rated 22nd and Patilano 24th in the world.
After cementing his dominance in the domestic scene, Monabesa is facing an international opponent in his third consecutive bout. The southpaw counter puncher is coming off a win over another Filipino, Joel Taduran. Monabesa stopped Taduran in the 6th round of their non-title clash in September.
The 26-year-old Monabesa is aiming for a big 2017. His manager Armin Tan has set his charge a goal of reaching a world title this year.
The 25-year-old Patilano has only lost once since 2012. That blemish came on the road against Kosei Tanaka, the current WBO light flyweight world champion.
"This is an intriguing fight between two very skilled boxers at the peak of their careers. It is a tough test for Monabesa but one he will have to pass in order to show that he is ready for a world title bout. We would like to thank the WBC for this opportunity," matchmaker Mikko Marttinen said.
Indonesian prospects John Ruba and Defry Palulu will be featured on the undercard in separate bouts."
Earlier today saw several announcements in Japan, one of which involved the future of Japanese wonder-kid Kosei Tanaka (6-0, 3) [田中恒成].
The news with Tanaka is two fold, firstly he has vacated the WBO Minimumweight title, a move that wasn't a shock by any stretch of the imagination. The news of Tanaka vacating has been joined by the announcement that he will now be fighting at 108lbs. Again no shock given his recent link to a WBO world title fight at Light Flyweight.
The other part of the news is Tanaka's return to the ring which we now know will take place on May 28th and see him face the IBF ranked Filipino Rene Patilano (15-1-2, 7), a really testing opponent at the weight.
Tanaka, as we know, raced to a world title last year, winning the WBO Minimumweight title in just his 5th professional bout. He had hoped to set a speed record for being a 2-weight champion but it appears that that opportunity hasn't arisen, so instead he will be facing Patilano in what looks like bout to adapt to the new weight.
Patilano on the other hand is once beaten Filipino hopeful, who suffered his sole loss back in 2012, against Jayar Estremos. Since then he has gone 8-0-1, with his most notable result being an 8th round technical draw with Randy Petalcorin, back in 2013. He does however also hold a win over Lionel Legada. Notably though this will be his first bout outside of the Philippines.
The announcement of the bout also stated the venue of the contest, which will be the International Conference Hall in Nagoya, the venue that Tanaka fought his first 3 bouts at.
(Image courtesy of http://www.hochi.co.jp)
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