Earlier today in Singapore local fans saw Hamzah Farouk (10-0, 7) score the most notable win of his career, stopping Indonesian teenager Reynold Kundimang (8-2-3, 2) to claim the OPBF "silver" Super Featherweight title.
The bout was relatively competitive through the first 3 rounds, with a good back and forth, and was genuinely a lot more even than many would have expected given how often Indonesian look out of their depth on the road.
Sadly though for the teenage visitor his resistance came undone in round 4 as Farouk began to find Kundimang's chin with regularity, dropping the aggressive youngster with a series of big right hands. Kundimang was unable to avoid the shots and was dropped from a series of head shots, before being counted out.
Despite the loss we were really impressed by the youngster and would love to see more of him. As for Farouk he now, in theory, sets up a fight against the winner of next week's fight between current OPBF Super Featherweight champion Hironori Mishiro (8-0-1, 3) [三代大訓] and Yoshimitsu Kimura (12-1, 7) [木村吉光]
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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Yesterday fight fans in Indonesia had the chance to see 18 year old prospect Reynold Kundimang (4-1-1, 1) score his biggest win ti date, as he scored a second round TKO win over veteran Alex Buckie (14-29-6, 7).
The bout, scheduled for 6 rounds, ended when the 33 year old Buckie was judged to be in fit state to defend himself, as the 18 year old landed at will.
The once beaten youngster was bouncing back from a loss earlier this year to Alvius Maufaniin a hotly contested Indonesian Super Featherweight title fight. Despite that loss he seemed confident here and and looks to be one of many promising Indonesians who is looking to make a name for himself over the coming years.
Despite this being a good win for the youngster it does need saying that Buckie had seemingly been out of the ring for more than 6 years following a loss to Oleydong Sithsamerchai in 2012. Saying that however he had only been stopped 6 times in his 28 previous defeats, and this should be regarded as a good win for the teenager at this early point in his career.
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