One country that often gets over-looked when it comes to boxing in Asia is Indonesia. The country obviously has the ability to create great boxers, and it's undeniable that Chris John was a genuine talent. Sadly Indonesia hasn't developed anything close to the amount of top fighters that they probably should have. And in fact they tend to be better known for two things. Horribly padded records, and padding records of fighters in Thailand, the Philippines and Japan.
Sadly one man who fit both "the padded record" and "padding the records of others" was Vicky Tahumil (33-5-2, 12)* who fought between 1998 and 2011. He was a Light Flyweight who, at one point, was knocking on the door world a world title fight but ended his career in disappointing fashion as thing really fell apart. Strangely it felt like Tahumil had spent years crafting an impressive before cashing out later in his career, when he and his team felt he could make money as a loser.
Of course Tahumil isn't a big name, and he's not a well known, he is a man with some interesting facts about him. With that in mind, let us bring you 5 Midweek Facts about Vicky Tahumil.
1-In 2005 Tahumil was lined up to fight Sonny Boy Jaro, though was pulled out of the bout just days before the contest and replaced by Angky Angkotta. Amazingly Angkotta, who took the bout very short notice upset Jaro. Reportedly the reason for the late change was that Tahumil was ranked #3 by the WBA and had been hoping to land a world title fight with his team likely angling for a shot at Roberto Vasquez
2-Tahumil had the nickname "Viking", a rather unique nickname for someone from Asia!
3- The record of Tahumil isn't as clear as it seems. He was reportedly 30-0-5 going into into the bout with Daiki Kameda, not 33-0-2 as Boxrec list him as being. It could well be that Boxrec have recorded 3 wins of his wins as draws, or that the Japanese sources were given the wrong details. Given how incomplete records of Indonesian fighters are, however, it's very possible that there may be bouts missing from his record all together.
4-Rather staggeringly Tahumil lost his final 5 bouts, after going unbeaten in his first 35 bouts, with 4 of those 5 losses coming to fighters who either had, or would, win world titles. These were Daki Kameda, Zolani Tete, Veeraphol Sahaprom and Poonsawat Krataingdeanggym.
For those wondering, the only man to beat him and never win a world title was Sukkasem Kietyongyuth.
5-In 2018 Tahumil was serving as a boxing coach in Indonesia, taking his in ring experience and trying to pass it to the next generation of fighters.
Thinking Out East
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