Later this week Japanese fans at the Korakuen Hall get the chance to see the highly regarded Shingo Wake (19-4-2, 11) [和氣慎吾] battle in what is supposed to be a stay busy fight against Indonesian Bantamweight champion Waldo Sabu (7-2, 2). The bout is supposed to keep Wake busy and sharp ahead of a world title bout later in the year however Sabu's team see it as their chance to make an impact in the sport and allow their fighter to show his ability.
Although Sabu is set to get the equivalent of just $1,200 the fighter is in need of a fighter with manager Rudy Achdiat saying he had been avoided in Indonesia and as a result hasn't fought as often as he's have liked with his last bout coming in September.
Whilst Sabu's team seem to know that Sabu is going to be the under-dog, given his relative lack of experience, they also realise the opportunity is a massive one and could see Sabu make a name for himself and secure some real needed attention for Indonesian boxing.
In a notable quote Mr Achdiat has stated that if Sabu beats Wake, in what would go down as one of the early upsets of the year, then they will secure Sabu an OPBF title fight in his home place of Bogor. That would be a huge opportunity for Sabu though would need to see his team getting some serious money to lure a champion to Bogor.
Strangely Mr Achdiat has stated that Sabu is a southpaw but has been told that he needs to fight orthodox for the bout, something that sounds peculiar coming in to this one, but appears to show just how desperate Sabu is for a fight at the moment.
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