Through out this month we've been doing our "19 for 19" list of prospects. Here is part 4 in our series, and it looks at 4 men with perfect records, not just in terms of 100% winning rates, but also a 100% KO rate. This part of the list features an Indonesian fighter, a Japanese fighter and a couple of fighters from Uzbekistan.
If you missed the previous parts they are here. The first part 19 for 19: Part 1 - The Teenage Prospects, the second part is here 19 for 19: Part 2 - A Rookie, an Uzbek puncher, a Pinoy Prodigy and an Olympic champion and the third part 19 for 19: Part 3 - Unbeaten novices from China, Uzbekistan, Thailand and Japan!
Ari Agustian (7-0, 7)
Indonesian fight fans don't usually have much to get excited about, but Ari Agustian could be the fighter to change that, with an exceptionally fun style, a lot of power and no fear of going away from home. Agustian was a decent amateur before turning professional in 2017. In his first 12 months as a professional he was 6-0 (6) and has since added a big win over Baolin Kang, in China, to his record. Sadly he's not fought much this year, but there is talk of him facing Khunkiri Wor Wisaruth in the near future. He's exciting, hard hitting and very aggressive. The sort of fighter who will get the attention of fight fans.
Kai Ishizawa (5-0, 5)
Japanese Minimumweight Youth champion Kai Ishizawa is a flawed but thrilling fighter, who isn't the most technically apt, but is very heavy handed, with under-rated boxing skills and a good ring IQ. He lacks in terms of speed, but fights with an intense pressure that breaks down good fighters, as we saw earlier this year when he stopped Yuga Inoue in a thrilling fight. Ishizawa certainly needs to work on his technical skills if he's to progress to the top, but he's still one to watch in 2019, as he will be taking on better competition, staying busy and looking to retain his Youth title. Due to his aggression he's going to be a fighter who is always worth watching.
Bakhodir Jalolov (4-0, 4)
We don't get to talk about real Heavyweight prospects very often so it's always a good thing to bring attention to Uzbek Heavyweight giant Bakhodir Jalolov. Jalolov was a former amateur standout who turned professional earlier this year, debuting in May. Jalolov's amateur credentials are brilliant with an Asian Championships gold medal and a world championship bronze medal among others and he's adapted to the professional ranks really well. Sadly his competition hasn't been great but he has been doing what he's supposed to do and taking his opposition out quickly. With his size, amateur background and age, he's only 24, there is so much to like about Jalolov.
Elnur Abduraimov (3-0, 3)
It's rare we see a fighter in action almost monthly but former amateur standout Elnur Abduraimov, from Uzbekistan, debuted in September and managed to fight in October and November. Whilst his competition hasn't been great, lasting a combined 4 rounds, it's hard not to be impressed by how good he's looked. He's aggressive, yet picks his shots amazingly well and has some frankly disgusting body shots. As he steps up in competition we expect activity to drop off massively, but at 24 he looks to be a Lightweight who wants to hit the ground running and get involved in big fights as quickly as he can.
Traditionally the Indonesian boxing scene hasn't been that impressive, with only 4 fighters from Indonesia ever winning world titles. Despite that the country has been able to generate some buzz, and has actually given us a few fighters of note, along side the world champions. They include Daud Yordan, who really should be regarded as the biggest boxing star in Indonesia by quite some distance.
Despite Yordan being the Indonesian face of boxing the country does have some interesting fighters rising through the ranks right now and we could, potentially, be on the verge of a golden era for Indonesian boxing.
low stoppage rate. Offensively here's a little on the wide side, but with time that can certainly be sorted. Sadly though his next bout, with Kyoguchi, does look to be a touch too much too soon. But we'll see for sure in September.
it was a performance that saw him certainly show some flaws, but it was the performance that sees a fighter instantly make new fans, whilst the body shot to finish the fight was one of the most brutal body shots we've seen this year. Win or lose Marupa is going to be a lot of fun to follow.
Aside from the win over Kang there is little to get too excited about on Agustian's record but he does hold a second round win over the once serviceable Zun Rindam, in a bout that saw Agustian pick himself off the canvas to stop Rindam in 2 rounds.
He looks legitimately like a rough diamond who just needs polishing, and if his team can do that then they'll have a real talent on their hands and someone who can help put Indonesian boxing on the map. The problem however is that if he only fights twice a year he's not going to develop as he should or get the opportunities he deserves.
Of the fighters on this list we suspect Jet might be the least likely to succeed internationally but may be the easiest to match, with managers from through out Asia potentially looking to match Jet against one of their prospects. And as a result he may find himself getting more opportunities than some of the other, more talented fighters listed.
Other prospects from Indonesia perhaps worth following include 22 year old Light Flyweight Andika D'Golden Boy (14-0, 7), Light Welterweight southpaw Rivo Kundimang (4-0-1, 1), Super Flyweight hopeful Patrick Liukhoto (7-0, 5) and Flyweight novice Ken Neparasi (1-0, 1). Sadly a lack of footage have prevented us from really talking in depth about any of these men like we have with the 5 above.
Thinking Out East
With this site being pretty successful so far we've decided to open up about our own views and start what could be considered effectively an editorial style opinion column dubbed "Thinking Out East" (T.O.E).