Indonesian boxer Tibo Monabesa beat Filipino Toto Landero Wednesday night in Jakarta to claim the vacant WBC International Light Flyweight title.
After 12 rounds of intense fighting all three judges scored the fight for Monabesa. The scores were 117-111, 115-113 and 116-112.
Landero started the bout by attacking at a fast pace but the taller Monabesa was able to effectively counter from his southpaw stance. Monabesa's right hook shook Landero repeatedly.
Landero had some success with his powerful hooks in the middle rounds but started to fade as the bout progressed.
The Flipino never gave up, however, and managed to make a fierce final stand in the championship rounds.
With the win Monabesa improves his record to 21 wins, 1 loss and 2 draws. Landero is now 10-5-2.
Prior to the bout Monabesa was ranked 6th by the WBC and Landero 23rd. The win moves Monabesa closer to a world championship bout.
In the chief supporting bout veteran light welterweight Hero Tito (28-15-2) snapped the unbeaten streak of Hebi Marapu (15-1) by majority decision over 10 rounds.
The event was promoted by Armin Tan.
Indonesia's number one boxer Tibo Monabesa (20-1-2) is back in the ring on Wednesday April 14th in Jakarta.
Monabesa will take on Toto Landero (11-4-2) of the Philippines. They will vie for the vacant WBC International Light Flyweight title.
Monabesa is currently ranked 6th by the WBC. The southpaw stylist hopes that a win over the capable Landero (ranked 23rd) will take him closer to a shot at the WBC World Championship currently held by Japanese Kenshiro Teraji.
Monabesa last fought in July 2019 taking a unanimous decision over Omari Kimweri in the biggest win of his career. Just as he was to return to the ring the Covid-19 pandemic hit and has kept him on the sidelines ever since.
Landero is also coming off a long break. His last fight was a win over Joel Lino in September 2019.
The highlight of the undercard is a bout between the undefeated power puncher Hebi Marapu (15-0) and the experienced Hero Tito (27-15).
The event is promoted by Armin Tan.
Earlier this week reports from Indonesia reported that the scheduled bout between Tibo Monabesa (20-1-2, 8) and Toto Landero (11-4-2, 2), who are scheduled to clash on April 10th, is jeopardy, despite just being just over a week away.
According to reports in Indonesia the authorities have not yet been able to sign off on the bout due to inadequate preparatory material provided by the organisers of the event.
A quote, attributed to Gatot Sulistiantoro Dewa Broto, the spokesperson for the Ministry of Youth and Sports, explained:
"I am forced to ask for a reschedule. At the beginning of the introduction, the material was too general, the presentation was not clear. The location for the implementation, the swab, is completely blank".
The hope is that the promoter and Indonesian Boxing Association (ATI) can sort things out within the week, with the spokesperson explaining "Our hope is that I will give you another week, when we meet again later. In principle, we will also help, including sending a letter from the promoter to immigration and the Indonesian Embassy in Manila. The date has also changed from the beginning of the 2nd to the 10th of April 2021."
Manahan Situmorang, of the ATI, seemed to be very wary of the issues at hand, explaining "In principle, the government, the Ministry of Youth and Sports in this matter as well as the police and the COVID-19 Task Force are very supportive but must be careful. That's all the point. How to secure it from becoming a new cluster, "
It's worth noting that the Indonesian press have also stated that Armin Tan, the promoter of the event, has admitted that there was a lack of preparation in regards to the event. He's quoted as saying
"We have a lot of shortcomings because of our lack of knowledge in organizing this match in the midst of the COVID-19 epidemic,
"Our report cards are red, it is fitting that the parties from the COVID-19 Task Force, the National Police and the Ministry of Youth and Sports have not issued permits at this time. I will work hard so that this event can take place."
Fingers crossed an update will be made available in the coming days about this contest, which is a genuine interesting match up, not something we can often say about bouts in Indonesia.
Earlier today our good friend Ian Melodillar informed us that once beaten world ranked Indonesian fighter Tibo Monabesa (20-1-2, 8) would be back in action on March 26th as he takes on former world title challenger Toto Landero (11-4-2, 2), in a bout for the WBC International Light Flyweight title.
The talented Monabesa, one of the most promising fighters in Indonesia, has won 2 in a row since suffering a 2018 loss to Hiroto Kyoguchi. Not only has Monabesa scored a couple of wins since that loss, but has done so against notable opponents, in the form of Wittawas Basapean, aka Samartlek Kokietgym, and Omari Kimweri, with those wins helping to keep him on the verge of a world title fight.
As for Landero he is best known for giving Knockout CP Freshmart fits in 2018, and has also beaten Vic Saludar, doing so in 2017. Although his record doesn't look great he is no push over and only the criminally under-rated and inconsistent Joey Canoy has managed to stop him.
This should be one of the best bouts to take place in Indonesia this year, and is a really interesting match up, not something we can say about many fights from the "emerald of the equator".
According to multiple Indonesian sources Indonesian fighter Tibo Monabesa (20-1-2, 8) will attempt to take a significant step towards a world title bout on March 7th, when he returns to the ring for his first bout of the year.
The once beaten Indonesian will be in action in Jarkarta where he will face a yet to be named Filipino, who is said to be world ranked by the WBC and the IBF. The manager of Monabesa, Armin Tan, has apparently refused to the name the opponent, but has stated than an agreement has been made with them for the bout.
The full details of the contest are set to be confirmed nearer to the date, with Tan seemingly wanting to keep the details of the "who" under wraps, though he did give clues to the sources. Notably there are a limited number of world ranked Filipino fighters in the division, though putting together what what Tan has said, it seems like it is likely to be Toto Landero (11-4-2, 2) that Monabesa will be up against.
The talented Indonesian suffered his only loss back in 2018, when he was stopped in 4 rounds by Japan's Hiroto Kyoguchi. Since then he has bounced back with wins over Samartlek Kokietgym and Omari Kimweri, with those wins netting Monabesa the IBO title and a WBC world ranking.
Given that Tan is speaking about taking Monabesa the WBC route to a world title fight, essentially targeting Kenshiro Teraji, it's great to hear some positive news for Indonesian boxing after the recent news from Japan, essentially banning unranked Indonesian fighters from fighting in Japan.
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