In December we are going to be sharing our "20 for 20", a list of 20 fighters to keep an eye on for the new year. Ahead of that we will be looking at a number of fighters who just missed out on that list.
These are the fighters who perhaps won't be ready for a world title by the end of next year, but we feel will make a mark in the year, and go on to do big things in the following year or two. Typically they are the prospects who perhaps need a little more time to develop, or who are still a bit too young for the big fights, or maybe just don't seem like they are quite there yet. These are our "Honourable mentions - 20 for 20" fighters and these will be posted daily until the start of December!
Ongen Saknosiwi (8-0, 7)
Since Chris John retired the Indonesian boxing scene has lacked a new star. Daud Yordan, god love him, has remained the most relevant and significant Indonesian fighter out there, but he's coming to the end of his career and the country really needs a new focal point for it's boxing scene. One of the few month who looks capable of being that focal point is the talented Ongen Saknosiwi, who has been one of the more active Indonesian prospects in recent years, and looks like one of the most notable.
The unbeaten Featherweight might not be the most exciting of the Indonesian hopefuls, but he appears to be a solid all round package and the man who ticks the most boxes.
Saknosiwi has already got international experience, with a bout in Singapore this past September, has been shown on Indonesian broadcaster RCTI, has a powerful team behind him and with a win over Marco Demecillo he has proven what he can do in the ring.
As we saw against Demecillo the youngster can fight and box, and whilst work needs to be done we're very, very impressed by what we've seen of him in 2019 and fingers crossed he'll continue to build on the momentum he's gained in 2019.
Expectations for 2020?
In 2019 Saknosiwi scored his first win on international soil, bating Nanthawat Maolichat in Singapore, claimed his first 3 titles, went 12 rounds in a bout and proved his quality with a win over Demecillo. If he can keep on building then 2020 should be a big year for him and he could easily find himself on the verges of a major regional title bout.
It's clear Indonesian boxing needs a break out hopeful, and with losses in recent years for Tibo Monabesa, and Jon Jon Jet the hopes of the country really depend on someone like Saknosiwi, Ari Agustian or Andika Sabu. From what the trio have achieved this yea it looks like Saknosiwi is the most advanced of the trio and hopefully 2020 is the year where he becomes the new face of Indonesian boxing.
Sure Indonesian boxing won't live or die by the success of Saknosiwi but he has the tools to make a big name for himself, so hopefully that happens and by the end of 2020 he sits on the verge of an OPBF title fight. Notably no Indonesian fighter has won an OPBF title in over 20 years, so if Saknosiwi can make his mark at OPBF title level that would be a huge achievement for Indoneisian hopeful.
When we have some free time we're hoping to add a series of fun articles to the site. Hopefully these will be enjoyable little short features