Tomorrow fight fans in Jakarta will get the chance to see unbeaten loal prospect Tibo Monabesa (16-0-2, 8) defending his World Boxing Council International Silver Light Flyweight title, as he takes on Filipino Lester Abutan (12-7-3, 6). Today the two men took part in their weigh in for the contest, and both fighters came in at an identical weight for the bout whilst making the limit, and both men looked in great shape.
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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Earlier today fight fans at the Korakuen Hall saw former amateur standout Ryota Yamauchi (2-0, 2) [山内涼太] take a massive step up in class, and make a huge statement, as he stopped OPBF ranked Filipino Lester Abutan (12-7-3, 6) in what was a genuinely 1-sided contest.
Yamauchi had made his debut in June, stopping a Thai opponent in 2 rounds. Altough he looked genuinely talented on debut this still looked like a leap of faith against a man who had claimed the GAB Light Flyweight title in May and had run Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr razor close last year. Today however the 22 year old Japanese prospect looked a little bit special.
Yamauchi looked to scout Abutan in the opening round and made the most of his edge in skills and speed. Abutan didn't look outclassed during the round, but it was clear he was having to do a lot more than Yamauchi, who landed some really beautiful body shots. In the second round Yamauchi upped the pace and made Abutan pay for some wild swings. The Filipino did occassionally get through but took some heavy blows and suffered a knockdown late in the round.
Yamauchi went from strength to strength and really tested Abutan's resolve in round 3 before eventually stopping the Filipino in round 4, after the referee was forced to save the Filipino, who had been down for only moments earlier before a follow up attack by Yamauchi really came against a man who had nothing left to offer.
It would be easy to go over the top and praise Yamauchi to the moon here, and for a man in his second bout this was a truly sensational performance, but it was one that also showed a few issues that he needs to work on. Mainly his defense, which was at times a tad open and will need to be tightened up in the future, his combinations looked fluid but sometimes he over-committed to them and will need to perhaps tame his natural aggression going forward. For a man fighting for just the second time as a professional however this was a fantastic performance really marks the youngster as one to watch and another man on the fast track to the top.
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We've known for a while that former Japanese Light Welterweight champion Hiroki Okada (16-0, 11) [岡田 博喜] would be back in the ring in December, for a bout with Filipino fighter Jason Pagara (40-2-1, 25) for as the two men battle for the WBO Asia Pacific Light Welterweight title. It's now been confirmed that the card on December 19th will have several other notable bouts, with arguably the most interesting of those being a 6 round Flyweight contest.
The bout in question will see former amateur standout Ryota Yamauchi (1-0, 1) [山内涼太] step up to face the highly ranked Filipino Lester Abutan (12-6-3, 6), whocurrently holds a #8 ranking with the OPBF at Light Flyweight.
As an amateur Yamauchi went 38-15 (14) and that experience helped him get a B class license for his debut earlier this year, with his debut coming in late June as he stopped Supaluek Noiwaengphim in 2 rounds. That bout was a low profile one, but it was included on Boxingraise and Yamauchi did look like a genuine natural talent with lovely fluidity, a razor sharp jab and a brutal body attack, which actually dropped the Thai twice.
Teh Filipino visitor might not have the best looking record on paper but the 26 year old holds notable recent wins over Mateo Handig and, more recently, Rene Patilano, and has shared the ring with Giemel Magramo, Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr, losing a split decision, and Ken Shiro, who stopped him in an OPBF title fight. He's not impressed as much as Yamauchi has in terms of skills, but fighting to a very close decision with Fahlan in Thailand is very impressive and with experience of fighting at OPBF title level he should serve as a serious test for the unbeaten Japanese prospect.
Earlier today Japanese fans at the Korakuen Hall saw OPBF Light Flyweight champion Ken Shiro (9-0, 5) [拳 四朗] record his first defense of the title as he crushed Filipino challenger Lester Abutan (11-6-3, 5) in 3 rounds.
From the opening seconds the naturally bigger champion seemed to establish his distance and use both his speed and size to take control. Abutan looked to land his land hand but lacked the timing or accuracy to land cleanly on the champion.
The second round saw Ken Shiro look to box at range behind his jab, and land uppercutts when Abutan got up close, with one of those uppercutts visibly shaking the challenger.
A straight right hand from Ken Shiro in round 3 rocked Abutan, who was dropped soon afterwards. Although Abutan got to his feet a follow up attacked forced the finish with the Filipino taking a battering before he was saved.
After the bout Ken Shiro, again, stated he was after a world title fight, and it seems almost certain that 2017 will be the year for him to break into the world title scene. For Abutan the loss was his first stoppage loss, and showed just how out of his depth he was here.
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Tomorrow fight fans in the Korakuen Hall will see an OPBF Light Flyweight title fight, as Ken Shiro (8-0, 4) [拳 四朗] makes the first defense of the title and battles against Filipino opponent Lester Abutan (11-5-3, 5). The bout will be Ken Shiro's first since winning the belt earlier this year, when he beat Toshimasa Ouchi to unify the OPBF, JBC and WBC Youth titles. As for Abutan the bout will be his first bout in Japan and his third bout outside of the Philippines.
On the scales the taller champion was 107½lbs, well under the limit. The champion looked confident and in great condition and boast a significant height and reach advantage of the challenger. Interestingly the weight was the same he was when he claimed the WBC Youth title in October 2015 and defended the Japanese title in April.
Abutan struggled on the scales, missing weight at the first attempt, but making the limit an hour later and looking in great shape. He has seemingly scouted Ken Shiro, being aware of the champion's speed, and it seems clear that he knows he's up against a really tough opponent for his first bout on Japanese soil, though he has twice fought away in Thailand.
Ken Shiro looks for maiden defense as he takes on Filipino Lester Abutan
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