Former Indonesian champion Agus Kustiawan took a significant step in his career when he defeated Lloyd Jardeliza from the Philippines on Saturday night, April 2, to win the vacant World Boxing Federation (WBF) Asia Pacific Featherweight title.
Backed by a sizable crowd at the Pangsuma Stadium in Pontianak on Indonesian island Borneo, Kustiawan had too much grit and skill for the game visitor, but Jardeliza never stopped trying and as the bigger puncher of the two he was dangerous from the first bell to the last.
After twelve rounds of entertaining action, broadcast live to millions of viewers by Okezone TV, judges Muhammad Rois, Eric Suwarno and Reinhard Situmpul scored the fight 115-112, 115-111 and 116-111 for the local man, who proudly accepted the WBF championship belt and declared his intentions to go for world honors.
The new champion improved his professional statistics to 15-4 (6), and sends 21-year-old Jardeliza back to the Philippines with a deceiving 7-4-3 (6) record, after a fine performance which indicates there will be more big nights for him in the ring.
The Agus Kustiawan vs. Lloyd Jardeliza World Boxing Federation (WBF) Asia Pacific Featherweight title fight was promoted by Mayor Kal Yudi Setiawan.!