By Boxing Bob Newman and Jeff Pamungkas at ringside
The final event of the 91st WBA convention in Jakarta, Indonesia took place at Indosiar Studio 5 Friday night. A special two bout card featuring two title fights were showcased to the local fans as well as the convention delegates. Sadly, the locals didn’t have much to cheer about at the end of either bout. The main event was an international matchup pitting local world class contender Angky Ankota taking on Venezuelan Yonfrez Parejo for the vacant Interim WBA International Bantamweight title. Parejo was the more skilled in out finessing Ankota to a unanimous decision victory.
The opening bout of the evening saw a partisan crowd cheering on Anis Ceunfin in a clash against Philippine born, but Indonesian resident Waldo Jr. Sabu for the Indonesian Bantamweight title. Everything Ceufin threw drew a roar from the crowd whether it landed or not. Sabu didn’t let the crowed deter him from his task, as he mostly eluded the rushes of Ceunfin, jabbing and hooking counters to the head and body. Ceunfin seemed unfortunate to receive a standing eight count for what appeared on T.V. replay to be a slip from tangled feet in the fourth. Sabu staggered his foe on more than one occasion, but couldn’t legitimately put him down again. Ceunfin tried his best to rally for the needed KO win with wild rushes down the stretch, but it was not to be as Sabu narrowly edged out the victory by scores of 115-112, 116-112 and 116-114, picking up the national bantam belt for his effort.
It seemed a tall order for the thirteen fight Venezuelan import Yonfrez Parejo, coming all the way to Indonesia, taking a local contender with thirty three fights, having gone 3-4 against eight world champions and one more knockout win than Parejo had fights. Among those losses were two to Jorge Arce for the vacant WBO Super Fly and Bantamweight titles. But right from the get go the difference in speed was evident. Parejo fired the jab at will, quickly and effectively. Sometimes landing, other times distracting, it kept Ankota off balance and from launching his own attack. Parejo used lateral movement as well as followup right hands that snapped Ankota’s head back throughout the fight.
Angkota seemed to rally in the sixth, legitimately giving the crowed something to sheer about as he fired round house hooks the found their mark, albeit infrequently. A cut opened over Ankota’s right eye around the midway point of the fight, with Ankota signaling to the referee that heads were clashing.
As the rounds passed, it seemed desperation time for Ankota as he launched an increased assault, forcing Parejo to trade when cornered, much to the crowd’s delight. With many members of the WBA being of South American heritage, passions were high, as the fight ended in a fever pitch, both fighters lifted on their handlers’ shoulders In hopes of victory. It was too little too late though for Ankota, as Parejo earned a hard fought victory by scores of 117-111, 117-112 and 115-113. Along with winning the Interim International Bantam belt, Parejo moves to 12-1-1 (4 KOs), while Angkota drops to 26-8 (14 KOs). Although five bouts were slated to have happened, the crowd didn’t seem to care that the T.V. ring lights dimmed, the studio lights turned on, and people began to file out the doors, as it was 1:40 a.m. when all was done. With many convention delegates departing this Asian Island metropolis on Saturday for their homes abroad, it was a welcome treat, just enough boxing to end the week here.