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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Earlier today in the Philippines fight fans had the chance to see two former world title challengers face off in an intriguing match up, courtesy of ALA Promotions who used the bout to headline "Idol 4". The bout in question saw former WBC Minimumweight title challenger Melvin Jerusalem (14-2, 8) take on recent WBA Minimumweight title challenger Toto Landero (10-4-2, 2) in what looked like a really good match up.
Jerusalem, the betting favourite according to Polish betting website STS, got off to a great start landing the cleaner shots and making pay with counters shots Landero misses. Jerusalem on his opening round success with more counters in round 2 as he began to establish a foothold in the bout. Landero seemed to know he was beginning to fall behind and came out with real fire in round 3, as he outlanded Jerusalem and built himself some moment, momentum that failed to really grow as he was unable to keep up the higher work rate in round 4.
Jerusalem managed to re-establish his control in round 5, after a close round 4, but Landero bounced back with a determined body attack in the following round, as he tried to slow Jerusalem down. The hard hitting Jerusalem, who's stamina really impressed us when he fought Wanheng Menayothin, was having none of it and traded blows with Landero in round 7, and Landero looked to continue his body attack but took some massive counter shots in return as Jerusalem realised he could use fire to fight fire, something he did again the following round 3 massive left hooks towards the end of the round.
The final two rounds were both clear ones for Jerusalem, who put the decision beyond any doubt with, the judges scoring the bout 98-92, twice, and 97-93.
This win could open up Jerusalem for another world title fight and despite the loss Landero is still a fantastic fighter who, if he can improve in a few areas, could become a fixture in the world title scene. Sadly however Landero has now lost 3 in a row and really should have a confidence builder next time out.
Tomorrow is a busy day for Asian fight fans with action taking place across a number of countries. Those include the Philippines, where two former world title challengers face off in a very attractive match up, with both looking to move towards a second world title shot.
That match up will see Melvin Jerusalem (13-2, 8) battle with Toto Landero (10-3-2, 2) in a bout that has the ingredients of a really compelling bout.
In the UK this bout hasn't been priced up for gamblers, but it has been in Poland, with STS putting the bout on their list of fights that can be gambled on. We realise most reading this aren't from Poland, but the odds are still interesting, and show the perceived favourite and under-dog.
STS have listed Jerusalem as the clear favourite, at odds of 1.25, the same as 1/4 in the UK or -400 in the US. Landero on the other hand is is 3.2, the same as 11/5 in the UK or +220 in the US.
STS have also priced the up the length of the bout, setting the over/under at 7.5 rounds. The over is seen as the much more likely outcome, being priced at 1.22, the equivalent of 11/50 for UK gamblers or -454.55 for those in the US. The under is 3.4 using the decimal style of odds, which is 12/5 for the traditionalists and +240 for Americans.
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Earlier today ALA held a press conference to announce Idol 4, the next show in their second tier series of cards. The shows isn't a huge one, and is clearly a level behind their premier Pinoy Pride cards, but is still an excellent one set to take place at the Minglanilla Sports Complex in Minglanilla on November 10th.
The main talking point from the announcement was ALA matching together two former world title challengers, Melvin Jerusalem (13-2, 8) and Toto Landero (10-3-2, 2). Although it's not a world title fight it is an amazing match up between two fighters who have ran world champions incredibly close on foreign soil.
In 2017 Jerusalem pushed Wanheng Menayothin all the way in a WBC title fight. Despite losing to Wanheng, and then losing again to Joey Canoy, he is a genuine world class fighter who is almost certainly going to get a second world title fight in the near future. Landero on the other hand came up short to WBA champion Knockout CP Freshmart this past March. This is about as a good of a domestic match up that the Filipino scene could give us.
Another interesting match up on this card will see Esneth Domingo (10-0, 6) risk his unbeaten record against Reymark Taday (9-6-1, 4), in what should be a solid test for Domingo. The 19 year old Domingo, who will be 20 by the time this show rolls around, has been gradually stepping up his competition and this looks to be a very credible step up in class Taday has gone 1-4-1 in his last 6 but is tough and should be a very interesting assignment for the youngster.
One other really good domestic match up will see the highly touted Christian Bacolod (9-0, 7) risk his unbeaten record against Christoval Furog (5-0, 2) in what could turn out to be the bout of the show.
This coming Tuesday WBA Minimumweight champion Knockout CP Freshmart (16-0, 7) [น็อคเอาท์ ซีพีเฟรชมาร์ท] will make his next defense, as he takes on Filipino fighter Toto Landero (10-1-2, 2). The bout is widely viewed as a mismatch in favour of the champion, and it seems even his team see the contest as a foregone conclusion with sources in Thailand reporting his next bout is 80% sorted.
The sources report that after, or rather if, Knockout defeats Landero he will then be moved towards a fight with WBA "interim" champion Xiong Zhao Zhong (27-7-1, 14) [熊朝忠], ending a protracted build up to the two fight that has rumbled on since last year.
Although no date has been mentioned for the Knockout Vs Zhong bout the sources are reporting it will take place in China. Give the typical time scale for bouts of not in China we'd suspect the complete bout to be made for either September or October, and it would be interesting to see how Knockout fares outside of Thailand, though he would be strongly favoured against the former WBC champion.
Knockout faces Landero in next title defense!
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