The IBA titles might be relatively meaningless, but today it made for a good prop on a very interestingly Indonesian show. The card featured several interesting bouts, but the one that stood out to us as being something worthy of real attention was an IBA Featherweight title fight between Indonesian prospect Ongen Saknosiwi (8-0, 7) and Filipino veteran Marco Demecillo (24-9-1, 19).
As mentioned, the title was little more than a prop, but the fight it's self was fantastic. It was the first real test for Saknosiwi, who had scored his first 6 wins in a combined 20 rounds and been able to do things his way for the most part. Against Demecillo the Indonesian couldn't just power his way through, and instead for himself in with someone who could fight back.
The broadcast for the fight began in round 6, we assume because of "reasons", but the 6 rounds we got of the 12 round bout were fantastic and evenly fought through out.
From the 6 rounds which were shown Saknosiwi seemed to take the earlier ones, fighting brilliantly on the back foot, and striking with counters. Demecillo's pressure, whilst impressive, wasn't as effective as he'd have liked, though it was tiring out the novice who began to slow in the championship rounds.
The fight really was a great back and forth battle, with Saknosiwi landing the better shots but being on the back foot and Demecillo regularly being the one to take risks. It made for some great action, even if there was a few lulls.
Given that we could only see half the fight it's hard to be sure whether the cards were accurate or note, but they gave the bout to the local with scores of 116-112, twice, and 118-110. From what was shown those scores are within the realm of possibility, though maybe don't reflect just how hard Saknosiwi had to fight to earn the win.
Given the Indonesian had fought just 20 rounds prior to today's bout we were really impressed, and seeing him go the full 12 will do his career the world of good. As for Demecillo he has again proven to be a great gatekeeper and we'd love to see more of him. He's only 29 but is a already a veteran and has proven his toughness by going the distance against the likes of Arthur Villanueva, TJ Doheny, Jason Moloney, Mark Urvanov and now Saknosiwi.
Indonesian promotional outfit Mahkota Promotion have been rather quiet recently, however they have now confirmed plans to have a notable card in Batu on November 17th featuring the biggest name in Indonesian boxing and one of their brightest hopes.
The card will be headlined by Daud Yordan (39-4-0-1, 27), who is scheduled to fight in a 12 round contest on the card against a yet to be named opponent.
Few details have been made public about Yordan's bout, but he is expected to face a notable international opponent as he looks to remain in the mix for a world title fight. This will be his second bout since losing to Anthony Crolla last November, and will see him look to build on an August victory over Patomsith Pathompothong.
The card will also feature the very promising Ongen Saknosiwi (7-0, 7), who will be looking to make his first defense of the WBC Asian Boxing Council Continental Featherweight title. The unbeaten 25 year old is seen by those at Mahkota as a future world champion, but they have decided not to rush him, and are instead looking to give him, around 2 years to mature and prepare for a world title bout.
At the moment his bout is yet to have an opponent announced for it, though quotes in the Indonesian press suggest it will be an international opponent of a more "severe" nature than he's faced so far. Fingers crossed Saknosiwi gets tested, and passes the test, as he really could be the next face of Indonesian boxing, with the right match making going forward.
More details of this show are expected to be announced in October, including opponents for both Yordan and Saknosiwi.
Yesterday in Indonesian Daniel Martin announced the bouts for his insane 21 bout card for February 23rd in Jakarta. The bouts will be overseen by the KTI, ATI and KTPI with the show planned to start at 9am and finish at 10pm.
One thing that was surprising is that the show, dubbed "Jakarta Big Fight XII" won't just be 4 or 6 rounders, but will also feature two main event bouts, both scheduled for 12 rounds.
We won't go through all the bouts, which were confirmed yesterday, but there are some interesting match ups, including:
An Indonesian Featherweight title bout between Ongen Saknosiwi (5-0, 5) and Jufry Kakahure (4-1, 4), in what will be a 12 round contest that promises real fire works.
A second Indonesian title fight will take place at Lightweight, where Reynold Kundimang (4-1-1, 1) will be fighting limited veteran Egy Rozten (5-19-2, 3).
In a leading support bout fans will see the rematch between Isack Junior (25-10-3, 8) and Roy Mukhlis (29-10-4, 22), who fought to a technical draw last August.
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