Vacant IBO World Light Flyweight Championship will be up for grabs when Tibo Monabesa (19-1-2) and Omari Kimweri (17-4) meet on 7th of July in Kupang, Indonesia.
It will be the first world title bout contested on the island of Timor which is shared between Indonesia and Timor Leste.
Monabesa grew up in an isolated village on the Indonesian side of Timor idolizing boxers he saw on TV. He realized his dream of becoming a boxer after moving to Indonesia's capital Jakarta to work as a minibus driver.
After making his debut in 2012 Monabesa rose to dominate the domestic ranks, winning national titles at both minimumweight and light flyweight. He claimed the WBC International Silver title in 2017 and defended it twice before his unbeaten run came to an end at the hands of Japanese star Hiroto Kyoguchi.
Monabesa bounced back from his first career loss in March by decisively outpointing former world title challenger Wittawas Basapean.
In his first career fight on the island of his birth, Monabesa is looking to realize his dream of becoming a world champion. He will face a stiff test in Australian veteran Omari Kimweri.
Kimweri was born in Tanzania but has been based in Australia for the length of his professional career. "The Lion Boy" has the advantage in experience as he went 12 rounds in a 2017 WBC world title challenge against Chayaphon Moonsri in Thailand.
The undercard will see two additional IBO title fights. Heavy-handed Defry Palulu (21-2-1) of Indonesia faces former world champion Panya Uthok of Thailand for IBO International featherweight title. John Ruba (18-6-1) of Indonesia clashes with Joepher Montano (10-4-2) of the Philippines for the IBO Asia-Pacific light welterweight title.
There will be three additional undercard bouts pitting Indonesian boxers against their cross-border rivals from Timor Leste.
The event is promoted by Fahiluka Syrya Productions.
Earlier today former IBF Minimumweight world champion Hiroto Kyoguchi (11-0, 8) [京口 紘人] got the chance to kick off his Light Flyweight campaign, as he faced off against Indonesian foe Tibo Monabesa (18-1-2, 8).
On paper it was a good test for Kyoguchi at Light Flyweight, but proved to be a mismatch as the former world champion easily over-came the visitor.
The Japanese fight applied his trademark pressure from the off and got to work on the inside. Monabesa tried to fight him off, but struggled to get through the guard of the local favourite.
The Indonesian knew he had to fight back, but was punished for it in round 3 when he suffered the first knockdown of the fight, late in the round. The Indonesian got back to his feet and fought back hard at the start of round 4, but was dropped again. Monabesa showed how brave he was by trying to continue to fight back, but a vicious uppercut wobbled him hard before he dropped for the third time, and caused the referee to halt the bout. The official time was 2 minutes 20 seconds of round 4.
Following the bout Kyoguchi's promoter Hitoshi Watanabe let it be known that his was looking to face the winner of the upcoming IBF title fight between Nicaraguan puncher Felix Alvarado (33-2, 29) and slick Filipino Randy Petalcorin (29-2-1, 22), who fight on October 21st in Manila. That appears to be a decision that will allow Kyoguchi's stablemate Ryoichi Taguchi (27-3-2, 12) [田口良一] a chance to rematch WBA champion Hekkie Budler (32-3, 10).
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On Tuesday fight fans will get their first chance to see amateur stand out Ginjiro Shigeoka (0-0) [重岡銀次朗] make a mark on the professional scene, as he takes on unbeaten Thai Sanchai Yotboon (4-0, 4) at the Korakuen Hall.
On Monday the two men weighed in, and although we've not been given the weigh in specifics we have been informed that both men made weight for their contest.
The 18 year old Shigeoka went a very impressive 56-1 (17) in the amateur ranks and is tipped to be one of the next superstars of Japanese boxing, in a similar ilk to Naoya Inoue and Kosei Tanaka. This is however, a very dangerous debut.
The contest is planned to be the chief support bout for the card, which will be headlined by former world champion Hiroto Kyoguchi's (10-0, 7) [京口 紘人] taking on unbeaten Indonesian foe Tibo Monabesa (18-0-2, 8).
(Image courtesy of Ginjiro Shigeoka's twitter account)
One of the many exciting fighters who was scheduled for the September 25th show at the Korakuen Hall was Shu Utsuki (2-0, 1) [宇津木秀], who was scheduled to face Filipino Ivor Lastrilla (10-4-1, 5). Sadly however that bout has been cancelled due to issues with Lastrilla.
The bout was expected to be Utsuki's first test as a professional, and was scheduled to be fought over the 8 round distance.
As an amateur Utsuki was a real stand out, going 81-27 (23) and was looking to take a huge step up here. Lastrilla on the other hand was coming into the bout on the back of a 3 fight winning run, including a notable win in Japan against Takahisa Nayuki.
The match up falling through is a real disappointment for Utsuki and for fans, though those in attendance will still get to see a number of young and talented fighters, including former world champion Hiroto Kyoguchi's (10-0, 7) [京口 紘人], who takes on Indonesian foe Tibo Monabesa (18-0-2, 8), and the debuting Ginjiro Shigeoka (0-0) [重岡銀次朗].
(Image courtesy of Watanabe Gym)
Tomorrow fight fans at the Korakuen Hall will see all action former IBF Minimumweight champion Hiroto Kyoguchi (10-0, 7) [京口 紘人] begin his pursuit of a Light Flyweight world title, as he faces unbeaten Indonesian foe Tibo Monabesa (18-0-2, 8) in a very good looking contest.
Today the two men took part in their weigh in for the contest, and both men made weight whilst looking solid at the weigh in and very confident of picking up a win, as they look to move towards a world title fight at 108lbs.
On the scales Kyoguchi was bang on the 108lb limit, and looked healthier than he had in his final few Minimumweight bouts. Although he has made his name at 105lbs this isn't actually his first bout above the limits of the lowest class, having actually fought above the Minimumweight limit in 4 of his first 5 bouts.
Monabesa on the other hand was comfortably under the limit, at around 107.6lbs. This will be his first fight outside of Indonesia and he'll be hoping recent wins over Rene Patilano, Lester Abutan and Lita Dante will help him secure a win here.
For those unable to get to the venue the bout will be broadcast in early October on TBS.
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