The only notable card anywhere in the world on Sunday was held at the Bung Karno Stadium in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta. The card, featuring 6 bouts including 2 televised bouts on RCTI was seen as yet another chance for the top Indonesian boxers to raise their profiles with notable victories, though sadly the results weren't the ones the home fans would have wanted to see.
The night started well for home fans with victories for Sahlan Coral (9-2, 3) and Rasmanudin (17-3-2, 9) both against opponents from Tanzania. Former Indonesian champion Coral had to settle for a 6 round decision over Fabian Lyimo (9-4-1, 6) whilst Bantamweight Rasmanudin swiftly dispatched the previously unbeaten Jay Jay Ngotiko (7-1, 3).
Sadly for the Indonesian fans in attendance those were results were the only high points. The fans then saw veteran Heri Amol (31-12-4, 13) upset by teenager Fadhili Majiha (13-3-4, 6) whilst Yohannes Yordan (12-2-3, 2) suffered a technical draw with Sadiki Momba (13-2-2, 3). Again both the visitors were from Tanzania though unlike Lyimo and Ngotiko they will go home with their heads held high.
In what turned out to be the best fight of the night for the neutrals, though the worst for the Indonesian fans Daud Cino Yordan (30-3-0-1, 23) suffered his first stoppage loss, and also lost his IBO Featherweight title due to the very under-rated Simpiwe Vetyeka (24-2, 15). Although Yordan started well with his always fun to watch style he was swiftly figured out by Vetyeka who used his jab and movement to neutralise Yordan in the middle rounds before dropping him in the final round. Although Yordan recovered from the knockdown Vetyeka went up a gear and forced the stoppage whilst miles ahead on the scorecards.
The main event between WBA Featherweight super champion Chris John (48-0-3, 22) and Japanese puncher Satoshi Hosono (23-2-1, 17) was sadly a huge disappointment. The fight started well and at the end of the second round it appeared as if we were going though sadly a clash of heads in the 3rd round forced an untimely ending to the bout as John was left with 2 nasty cuts on his head with a result of 3rd round technical decision.
The disappointing results in two televised bouts may not have been what the home fighters would have wanted to see but the Yordan fan was genuinely enjoyable and the John fight appeared to be on the way to being a very good fight. A rematch between John and Hosono should be called for by fans though unfortunately it would seem unlikely.
In less notable boxing there was actually 4 low profile shows held in Japan. The most notable results from those cards saw 2-time national title challenger Hiroshi Nakamori (33-5-1, 20) suffer a 7 round technical decision loss to Daiki Koide (19-5-2, 8) and recent Japanese Featherweight title challenger Ryota Kajiki (21-7, 14) score a 5 round technical decision victory over Akira Shono (7-5-2, 4) in a bit of a bounce back victory.
We won't bother listing the other 28 results here though as we didn't get them until several days after the events.
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