Earlier this year we reported that Indonesian hopeful Daud Yordan (38-3-0-1, 26) hard been targeting Venezuelan Jorge Linares (44-4, 27), with the popular "Cino" hoping to fight for the for the WBA "regular" Lightweight title. Those bout came apart when Linares chose to move up in weight and compete at 140lbs, however Yordan's pursuit of a title hasn't stopped, with the Indonesian looking to make the most of his world rankings.
Currently Yordan is ranked #2 by the WBA at Lightweight, behind the aforementioned Linares, and #4 by the WBA.
With Linares set to more up Yordan will likely become the WBA's #1 ranked contender and will be first in line to fight for the vacant "regular" title. Potentially getting a shot at that belt on November 10th against Anthony Crolla (33-6-3, 13), the current #4 ranked WBA contender, and a man who also holds world rankings with the WBC and IBF.
Boxingscene have reported that this potential match up will fall on the under-card of Oleksandr Usyk's bout with Tony Bellew at the Manchester Arena on November 10th. Boxingscene however suggest that the bout will be a WBO world title eliminator, for the right to face the winner of Vasyl Lomachenko Vs Jose Pedraza.
Indonesian sources on the other hand state the bout will be for the WBA regular title, with the reward still being a potential show down with the winner of Lomachenko Vs Pedraza, who will be unifying the WBO and WBA "Super" titles at 135lbs when they face off in December.
Yordan is currently riding a 5 year unbeaten run, which has seen him scoring 8 wins including notable victories over Daniel Eduardo Brizuela, Yoshitaka Kato and most recently Pavel Malikov. Crolla on the other hand has won 2 of his last 4, including a win against Ricky Burns, but has been fighting at a high level with both of his recent losses coming to Jorge Linares.
We're expecting this bout to be confirmed in the near future along with the rest of the November 10th card.
For those wanting to read more about the under-card the boxingscene article focusing in detail on the card can be read here.
In August we saw Daud Yordan (38-3-0-1, 26) take part in a press conference to state that he and his team were pursuing a bout against Venezuelan Jorge Linares (44-4, 27) for the WBA "regular" Lightweight title.
That hope for Yordan to secure that bout has now ended, with the Venezuelan fighter moving up in weight to face Abner Cotto (23-3, 12).
Due to Linares's decision to move up Yordan's team are now looking elsewhere for an opponent, though they seem like they still have their eyes on a November bout for the WBA "regular" title.
Over the last few weeks Yordan, who is currently ranked #2 by the WBA only behind Linares, had taken part in a special training camp in Spain though is now in Indonesia, where he's continuing to work hard whilst awaiting for his team to finalise his next bout.
At the moment there is no opponent being publicly named by Yordan or his team, though it's expected that he could end up facing either the WBA #3 ranked Evens Pierre (30-1, 20), from Haiti, or WBA #4 ranked Anthony Crolla (33-6-3, 13).
Late last week Indonesian fighter Daud Yordan (38-3-0-1, 26) took part in a press conference with his promotional team and confirmed that they were indeed chasing a world title fight later this year. Not only that but they finally revealed who they were looking to face and what belt they were chasing.
The press conference saw Yordan and his team state they were attempting to secure a match up with Venezuelan Jorge Linares (44-4, 27). The intention from Yordan's team is for Yordan, who is ranked #2 by the WBA, to face #1 ranked Linares for the vacant WBA "regular" Lightweight title, in early November.
The bout hasn't been set in stone, but according to Raja Sapta Oktohari from Mahkota Promotion the teams are negotiating for the bout and both teams appear to want the match to be made sooner rather than later. Oktohari also admitted that the bout would be very unlikely to take place in Indonesia, though it does seem there are several countries in the running to host the contest, likely including the USA and Japan, both of whom have strong ties to Linares.
Linares was last seen losing the WBA "super" title at Lightweight to Vasyl Lomachenko, and left the "regular" title vacant, which the WBA will likely be hoping to fill as soon as possible. That loss ended his reign which had began in September 2016, when he beat Anthony Crolla, and had seen him record 3 successful defenses. Yordan on the other hand was last seen back in April scoring an upset win over the previously unbeaten Pavel Malikov in Ekaterinburg, Russia.
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Multiple Indonesian sources have reported that the popular Daud Yordan (38-3-0-1, 26) will be heading to Spain shortly to begin a training camp ahead of his next bout. The full details of the camp aren't well known but it seems like it will be a long one to fully prepare for a world title bout.
His team spoke to the Indonesian opress recently and revealed they are in talks to try and schedule a world title bout, before the end of 2018, though promoter Raja Sapta Oktohari wouldn't be drawn into conversations about who Yordan would be facing or when, just stating that it'd not be in Indonesia.
The Indonesian fighter has previously stated that he's capable of fighting at 130lbs or 140lbs though it would seem likely that he would be competing at Lightweight for a world title fight. At the moment Yordan is ranked #2 by the WBA, #4 by the WBO and #12 by the IBF, suggesting that the most likely option for him would be WBA champion Vasyl Lomachenko (11-1, 9), though there is also a chance that the WBA will magically create one of their titles.
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Popular Indonesian warrior Daud Yordan (38-3-0-1, 26) has been on a bit of an over-looked run since his 2013 loss to Simpiwe Vetyeka, beating the likes of Sipho Taliwe, Maxwell Awuku and Yoshitaka Kato. Today he was in action in Russia as battled with the unbeaten Pavel Malikov (13-1, 5) for the WBO Inter-Continental Lightweight title. Not only did Yordan battle with Malikov, but he stopped the Russian and took a huge step towards a potential world title fight.
Fans who had seen the two men fight knew that this had the potential to be something very special the bout lived up to expectations, with the two men going straight to war. From the first round both men were freely letting their hands go, landing clean with combinations and working at an incredibly high tempo in center ring. The tempo never let up through the first 4 rounds, which began by favouring Malikov, but would swing into Yordan's favour.
With the fighting turning in the favour of the Indonesian Malikov gave his all in round 5 and had a good round, rocking Yordan late. It was however more of a last hurrah for the Russian, rather than the start of a comeback. In roudn 6 Yordan bounced back well, and was helped as the referee deducted a point from Malikov for throwing Yordan down. That was the start of the end with Malikov showing signs of running on fumes as Yordan kept up his relentless pressure and really broke him down, despite the Indonesian bleeding from a cut.
In round 8 the pressure finally told as Malikov, who had taken body shots repeatedly through the fight, was dropped. It was as much exhaustion and accumulation as anything else, but it was clear that Malikov was a beaten man, with the referee stopping the count and waving the bout off.
For Malikov it's the end of an unbeaten run which had seen the Russian defeat the likes of Carlo Magali, Adones Aguelo, Denier Berrio and Daiki Kaneko, with the loss sending Kaneko into retirement. For Yordan however it's a huge step towards getting a Lightweight world title bout.
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