The champion will be making his second defense of the title, which he won in January 2017 when he defeated Rene Patilano. His only other defense saw him take a 4 round technical draw against Arnold Garde, despite the draw Monabesa was leading on all 3 cards at the time of the stoppage.
For Abutan the bout is a bit of a must win. Last December he was stopped by novice Ryota Yamauchi, and despite scoring a win against Rene Patilano last May he has been struggling for results in recent fights. The poor and inconsistent form of the Filipino has seen him go 5-5 in his last 10, with notable losses to not only Yamauchi but also to current world champion Ken Shiro and former world title challenger Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr.
The winner of this bout will take a huge step towards getting a world title fight, and it should be noted that Monabesa is ranked by 3 of the world title bodies, the WBA, WBC and WBO and will see this as a great chance to prepare for a bigger and better bout down the line, as he looks to become the saviour for Indonesian boxing.
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