Rising Indonesian hopeful Iwan Zoda (13-2, 12) suffered a notable upset defeat earlier today as Filipino Robert Onggocan (8-1, 4) scored a 7th round TKO victory, and claimed the IBF Youth Flyweight title.
Specific details from the bout are scarce, though it was Zoda's first defence of the title and he was favoured to retain his title with his team viewing him as the focus point for Indonesian boxing over comign years. Although talented, and with an impressive engine, some had noted some cockiness and show boating in previous bouts and it is possible that that was partly responsible for today's loss.
The Indonesian hopeful had stopped every man he had fought, avenging his previous loss along the way with a sensational 12th round win over Petchchorhae Kokietgym in 2015.
Going into the bout Onggocan was a real unknown, with his most notable previous bout being his December 2015 loss to Pedro Taduran. He had been twice earlier in his career, whilst fighting as a Minimumweight, but appears to have taken his opportunity today and scored a career boosting win by stopping Zoda.
Although specific details are scarce the win could, potentially, make Onggocan one to watch during 2017 and he will certainly have raised his stock with this win in hostile territory.
Fast rising Flyweight hopeful Iwan Zoda (11-1, 10) will return to the ring on November 18th to defend his IBF Youth Flyweight title against once beaten Filipino challenger Jeronil Borres (7-1-1, 5).
Zoda, who won the title earlier this year with a dominant stoppage win against Hungarian Szilveszter Kanalas in April, will be making the first defense of the title, though has stayed busy with two non-title fights including a stoppage win against veteran Kaichon Sor Vorapin/Kajornsak Pothang. This will be his 5th bout of the year and, on paper at least, be one of his stiffest tests.
Borres on the other hand is an unheralded Filipino recently stepped up in class but came up short in a bout for the OPBF Silver Flyweight title, pushing Richard Claveras close in an major step up. Aside from his bout with Claveras there is little of note on his record. Saying that however he did fight to a draw last year with the then unbeaten Salatiel Amit.
The bout, set to take place in Jakarta, has been confirmed by Zoda's team and could be a really good test for Zoda, who has his way with opponents since avenging his sole defeat to Petchchorhae Kokietgym, and has scarcely lost a round in his last 4 bouts.
Destructive Indonesian Iwan Zoda (11-1, 10) was in action this past Saturday, sadly, though as is often the case with bouts in Indonesia, the bout wasn't widely reported and it's taken a few days for us to get the result.
The result is a good one for Zoda fans with the Indonesian picking up a 3rd round win over Thai veteran Kajonsak Pothang (25-16, 9), who has also fought as Kaichon Sor Vorapin.
The reports we've been sent stated that Zoda had the Thai trouble in opening round, cutting the Thai around the left eye early on. The assault continued from Zoda in round 2 and the bloody really began to pour from the veteran who was dropped in the third round. A second knockdown followed soon afterwards with the bout being stopped soon afterwards.
Fans of Zoda have a second reason to celebrate with the report we've seen also stating that Zoda will be back in the ring on November 10th in Jakarta!
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A few weeks ago we revealed that Indonesian teenager Iwan Zoda (10-1, 9) would be back in the ring in August. Now we have the full details of Zoda ring return, which will take place on August 27th.
The 19 year prospect will be in action at the Borneo City Mall in Ketapang where he will face-off against Thai veteran Kaichon Sor Vorapin (25-15, 9), also known as Kajonsak Pothang, in a 10 round bout being fought at Flyweight.
The details on the over-all show are scarce but we are assured that the bout won't be the only one on the show, a good thing given that Kaichon has been stopped in his last 6 including a stoppage to Indonesian hopeful Tibo Monabesa back in April.
For Kaichon the hope will be to end his 7 year win-less run, which has featured loss to Ardin Diale and Walito Parrenas, and recapture the form that too him to wins against Young Gil Bae, Rey Megrino, Rocky Fuentes as well as a world title fight in the US against Hugo Fidel Cazares. As for Zoda the bout will be his first against a former world champion and he'll be looking to secure a 10 straight stoppage win and hoping to build on victories over Petchchorhae Kokietgym and Szilveszter Kanalas.
A win over the Thai might not prove Zoda's class but it will keep him busy, with the youngster having been inactive since April and having only fought 8 rounds all year. The hope is for him to land a big fight but his team don't want him to get ring rust whilst waiting.
Recently we reported that Indonesian sensation Iwan Zoda (10-1,9) on August 20th. It seems however that those plans have been altered with Zoda's actual ring return being put back a week, to August 27th. Despite the delay fans in Indonesia shouldn't be too disappointed that the youngster will have to wait another week to have a real fight as he will be taking part in a number of exhibition events to try and increase interest in boxing and himself.
His trainer, Damianus Yordan, has stated that there will activities taking place from August 8th to August 13th with at least one exhibition bout taking place during that time frame.
We still don't know who Zoda will be facing this month though it seems clear that people are trying to help get boxing some attention in Indonesia and hopefully the hard work will play off in the long term with more fights taking place across country and more prospects, like Zoda, being unearthed. Events like this may well help the Indonesian scene unearth some new talent.
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