Former 3-time IBF Super Flyweight champion Elly Pical isn't a name every fan will be aware of, but if you follow Indonesian boxing, or the Super Flyweight division, the odds are you will be aware of him. He was the first Indonesian world champion and would hold the IBF Super Flyweight title on and off through much of the 1980's winning the belt for the first time in 1985 and holding it on and off until 1989. His career only lasted 26 professional bouts, but was a remarkable one that put Indonesia on the boxing map.
Whilst Pical is known for his place in Indonesian boxing history there is a lot that isn't widely known about him, so here we delve into Elly Pical and bring you 10 facts you probably didn't know about...Elly Pical.
1-As a child Pical suffered damage to his hearing due to working as a pearl diver.
2-Pical became a boxing fan due to Muhammad Ali, and would watch Ali's fight on Indonesian channel TVRI. Notably Pical would fight 9 times at the venue that Muammad Ali fought Rudi Lubbers at, the Bung Karno Stadium. This was the venue that Pical won the IBF world title at, 3 times.
3-When he first began boxing Pical didn't tell his parents because they didn't approve of the sport and wouldn't have let him train had they been aware.
4-As an amateur Pical had quite a lot of success, and a 2-time winner of the President's Cup, winning in 1980 and 1981.
5-Not only was Pical the first Indonesian world champion but in 1989 he also took part in the first ever world title bout in Singapore, defending the IBF Super Flyweight title against American challenger Mike Phelps with a split decision. This was also the last time Pical successfully defended the tite, losing it for good 8 months later to Juan Polo Perez
6-In 2016 Pical returned to the ring for a 1 off exhibition with former sparring partner Feras Taborat, as part of a card headlined by Daud Yordan. This event came more than 15 years after Pical's final bout, which was it's self a 1-off comeback bout 2000.
7-Following his boxing career he worked as a security guard at a night club, and later went in to work for the Indonesian National Sports Commitee, which is called the Komite Olahraga Nasional Indonesia, or KONI for short. Earliet this year it was reported that Pical, and others, had had to wait 5 months to be paid by KONI
8-Pical was arrested in 2005 for selling drugs to under-cover police officers and served 7 months. The arrested caused both shock at Pical and support for Pical, with some in the country angry that such a national sporting hero hadn't been financially supported by the government.
9-He married Ria Siahaya Pical, and they have 2 sons together, Lorinly and Matthew.
10-Earlier this year there was a biopic being produced about Pical, called "The Exocet". The project had been in the pipeline since around 2011 but took a while to get out of the planning stage due to financing issues. Recently it had seen Jefri Nichol cast to play Pical, but his involvement is now causing serious issues due to Nichol being arrested due to possession of Marijuana. He claimed he was taking the drug to help him sleep during the production of the movie. He was arrested in July and it now seems like production on the movie is off, at least for the time being. The 20 year old actor wasn't the only member involved in the movie's production who was caught with drugs as Robby Ertanto, the director of the movie, was also arrested for possession of marijuana.
Extra Fact - Pical underwent surgery due to heart disease in 2017.
Extra fact 2-Pical was among the torch bearers for the 2018 Asian Games, carrying the flaming torch in Bogor
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