Indonesia boxing hasn't been great recently. In the last 18 months Daud Cino Yordan has lost to Simpiwe Vetyeka and strugled past Daniel Eduardo Brizuela and Sipho Taliwe whilst Chris John has retired after defeat, also to Vetyeka. The one postitive for Indonesian boxing has been the rise of the heavy handed Defry Palulu who has looked genuinely promising.
To date Palulu has lost just once. A second round KO to Filipino AJ Banal, a former world title challenger and highly ranked contender.
The bout, the toughest of Palulu's career, came too early for him and although he dropped Banal in round 1 the Filipino used his experience to come back stop Palulu with body shots.
For Banal the win has certainly helped him extend his career though some would suspect that he got Palulu at the right time and that the Indonesian hopefully will improve as he matures and develops experience. The ay have been a loss for Palulu but we'd certainly suggesting keeping an eye on him as well as Banal who will remain a contender for a while longer.
(Video courtesy of Jerome Galanida Naldoza)
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