HCMC Vietnam March 23, 2020
Indonesia’s number one fighter, and current WBC Asia champion Defry Palulu, has thrown down the gauntlet to Charly Suarez ahead of their Manila bout on May 9th. The champion was highly respectful of his opponent, but didn't mince his words. "You want my Asian belt Suarez? No problem, just come and take it. Oh, but one big problem for you to deal with mister, you have to beat me first!"
Defry Palulu will defend his WBC Asian crown against the Philippines most touted up and comer Charly Suarez in Manila next month. Palulu is the winner of an amazing 22 of his 24 fights, and considers himself a lot smarter boxer now than when he first started out. "I have learnt a lot in my career, and have been the best fighter in Indonesia for many years now. That didn’t happen by accident! I have worked very hard to reach this level, and I plan to teach Charly Suarez that he should have stayed in the amateur boxing. It’s a lot safer for him!"
The Philippines' Charly Suarez has a long history as an amateur star, often headlining national teams at international events. He was a national and regional champion, most recently winning gold at the 2019 SEA Games. At the age of 31, he has finally decided to launch an assault on the world rankings as a pro, and is looking to fast track that long road with an ostentatious bid to dethrone Defry Palulu. The talented Charly Saurez currently sits at 4 and 0 as a pro, all by way of knockout, and is excited by his upcoming date with the rugged Palulu.
*story sourced from Victory 8 Boxing
Back in December we reported that Muhamad "The Chosen Wan" Ridhwan (11-1, 8) would be facing off with former WBO Bantamweight world champion Paulus "The Rock" Ambunda (27-2, 11) on March 29th, in a rematch. The rematch will see Ridhwan look to avenge his sole defeat, which he suffered last year, and will allow Ambunda to take another step towards another potential world title bout.
Today we saw Ringstar boxing announce, through their twitter account the under-card for that show.
The bouts that were announced today will see New Zealand's Chase Hale (6-3-1, 2) taking on unbeaten Indian Pawan Goyat (2-0), up at Super Middleweight, a Welterweight bout between hard hitting Malaysian Keng Fai Hui (5-0-1, 5) an unbeaten Indian fighter Sagar Narwar (6-0-1, 2), a Light Welterweight bout between Australian fighter Russel Harrison (2-0, 1) and American Jonathon Clemons (1-0) and Filipino Light Flyweight Rey Caitom Jr (7-0-1, 2) taking on Indian Hans Raj Thakur (3-1, 1), who was stopped on New Year's Eve.
These bouts have been added to a card that already had and IBF Bantamweight title eliminator between Michael Dasmarinas (28-2-1, 19) and Kenny Demecillo (14-4-2, 8) and an interesting regional title fight between Nort Beauchamp (17-2, 3) and Indonesian Defry Palulu (20-2-1, 13).
Interestingly Ringstar had previously announced a potentially match up between Yuya Nakamura (9-2-1, 7) and Lorenz Romarate (11-1-1, 8), in what could be the bout of the night given the styles of the two men involved.
Popular Indonesian slugger Daud Cino Yordan (33-3-0-1, 24) will make his ring return on June 6th as he battles against Ghana's Maxwell Awuku (40-2-1, 26) at the DBL Arena in Surabaya. The bout will be for the interim WBO Asia Pacific and WBO Africa Lightweight titles with the intention being to move Yordan towards a WBO world title fight later in the year.
The Indonesian was originally announced to be in action in April, against Josh King, though that bout fell through and left little trace. Thankfully though it does seem that this bout with Awuku is set in stone with a all the details now made public and the bout now less than a month away.
According to our good friend Mikko Marttinen the undercard will feature 18 year old puncher Iwan Zoda (5-1, 4) and southpaw hopeful Defry Palulu (11-1, 10), both up against international opponents as well as a number of all-Indonesian under-card bouts. At the moment however these bouts haven't been officially announced.
Sadly for Yordan inactivity has been an issue and this will be his first bout since last December, when he stopped Ronald Pontillas. For those who missed that fight we've included it below.
(Image courtesy of Andika Wahyu)
Indonesian boxing has been in a bit of a rut since former world champion Chris John retired from the sport. Thankfully however TVRI have began to invest in the sport and have been showing regular cards over the last few months. We won't pretend those televised cards will have reinvigorated Indonesian boxing but they have proven that there's some life left there.
Although the sport has been kept alive in the country it has, for the most part, been at a very low level. Thankfully however that is set to change on April 26th as the country hosts it's first genuinely notable card in well over a year.
According to Indonesian website http://pontianak.tribunnews.com it seems that the card could be a very interesting one.
The main event is set to see the exciting Daud Cino Yordan (33-3, 24) battle against Australian Josh King (18-3, 8) in a bout for the WBO Asian Pacific Lightweight title. The winner of this is hoping to be fast tracked to a WBO world title fight later in the year and in fact the winner would be aiming to earn a top 5 ranking for winning the bout.
It's hoped that the undercard for such a big bout would feature some of Indonesia's most exciting young prospects. This means we could see someone like Tibo Monabesa (7-0, 3), Defry Palulu (11-1, 10) or Iwan Zoda (4-1, 3), if not all 3, and the hope is that one of those could be up against a notable international opponent.
At the moment the card is still being put together though it clearly looks likely to be a very special day for Indonesian boxing fans who will be hoping to see the future of the countries boxing talent.
[A huge thanks goes to Mikko Marttinen for bring this story to our attention]
*All records here are taken from boxrec.com, unfortunately there is a big chance a number of them may be incomplete.
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