Earlier today Indonesian prospect Iwan Zoda (9-1, 8) made yet another statement, and took another step towards becoming the latest Indonesian boxing star. And he did so in a manner that was entertaining, exciting and aggressive as he took the IBF Youth Flyweight title.
The youngster, who had predicted a win inside 10 rounds, needed less than 3 to see off the previously unbeaten Hungarian Szilveszter Kanalas (8-1, 6), who never got a chance to box his way into the bout.
The opening round saw both men look relatively quiet, it was a feeling out round that lead to neither man taking too many risks, but it seemed clear that Zoda was the fighter who was full of confidence and the one who was likely to move up a gear as and when he wished, whilst Kanalas, despite fast, perhaps lacked something that would be needed here.
That move through the gears from Zoda happened in round 2 when he let loose and turned on the aggression and pressure. He instantly forced Kanalas on to the ropes and unloaded huge shots to both head and body. Kanalas tried to fight back with desperation shots but they had little effect on Zoda who looked like a man looking to make a statement and looking to have fun in the ring. In fact that sense of fun was very clear at the end of round 3 with the youngster doing a small dance at the bell.
Zoda's ultra aggressive round 2 seemed to fill him with a belief that he could see off Kanalas earlier than his prediction and he continued to just bring the fight to the Hungarian who had no answer. After around 90 seconds of round 3 Kanalas went down under the accumulation of shots, that he simply couldn't avoid. From then on it seemed a matter of time until he'd be down again, and that happened around 30 seconds later, with the Hungarian staying down for the count.
Whilst Kanalas had shown some nice movement and speed in the first round it was clear that Zoda was the man who impressed with his aggression and power, and hopefully his team will get him back in the ring soon as he really does have all the tools to go a very long way. For Kanalas there's a chance to rebuild, though questions perhaps do need to be asked about how far he can go if he's going to remain in Hungary.
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