On Saturday April 2 at the Pangsuma Stadium in Pontianak on Indonesian island Borneo, local hero Agus Kustiawan will square off with Filipino Lloyd Jardeliza for the vacant World Boxing Federation (WBF) Asia Pacific Featherweight title on a show promoted by Mayor Kal Yudi Setiawan.
Kustiawan is a former Indonesian national champion, and brings a 14-4 (6) record to the party, while Jardeliza travels to Indonesia with a 7-3-3 (6) ledger. Both turned professional in 2012, and will see this as a big opportunity to take their careers to the next level.
In August of 2015 Kustiawan fought Nathaniel May in Australia for the WBA Oceania crown, and lost a spirited decision after ten hard-fought rounds. He has since returned with a victory last December, and is reportedly chomping at the bits to get back in the ring.
Despite his mediocre record, Lloyd Jardeliza has already taken part in two championship fights. He too lost a decision to Nathaniel May in 2015, albeit for a WBO regional belt, and in his most recent outing he came up short in an attempt to capture the OPBF Super Bantamweight title against undefeated Shun Kubo in Japan.
Likely the bigger puncher of the two, Jardeliza is expected to come out all guns blazing against Kustiawan, knowing that the Indonesian is the more skilled boxer. It shapes up to be an interesting match-up of hungry competitors, looking to make a name for themselves internationally.