In Manchester, England fans were able to see a fun and high intensity WBA Lightweight eliminator as Indonesian Daud Yordan (38-4-0-1, 26) faced off with popular Englishman Anthony Crolla (34-6-3, 13) in an entertaining and competitive contest.
The fight started with Yordan applying pressure and Crolla responding well too it, in what was a clear round for the Englishman. From then on however almost every round was competitive, with Yordan pressing hard and having a fair bit of success, with Crolla typically just doing a bit more than the Indonesian.
Crolla had outshone Yordan for the first 5 rounds, just edging them and doing enough to take them though they were all hotly contested with Yordan's pressure never relenting. It seemed like Yordan's gameplan was to chip away at Crolla before coming on strong.
The 6th round was a big one for Yordan as he hurt Crolla with a good body shot and seemed to do enough to take the round, in fact it was arguably the clearest round up to that point with Crolla back off in the one moment where either man looked genuinely hurt. Crolla however got back to controlling the distance and pace, and coping with Yordan's pressure in rounds 7, 8 and 9 with Yordan struggling to have real consistency. The Indonesian never backed off, but was a bit too predictable, making live easy for Crolla.
In round 10 Yordan began to move through the gears, as Crolla slowed down. The lead to a great late charge from Yordan, who seemed to sweep the championship rounds with his pressure paying off, but it was too little too late from the Indonesian.
In the end it was an easy bout to score, it was close and competitive, but Crolla deserved the win and all 3 judges saw it 116-112 to Crolla, the same score we had it. Yordan had moments in every round, but more often than not it was the moments of Crolla that stood out in what was a very compelling bout, despite really lacking drama. Other Crolla being hurt in round 6 neither man ever looked likely to go down, but that didn't take away from action, which was intense and genuinely enjoyable. Just a shame the Sky commentary took away from the bout in a big way.
Tomorrow we will see Indonesian Daud Yordan (38-3-0-1, 26) face off with Englishman Anthony Crolla (33-6-3, 13) in a WBA Lightweight world title eliminator, with a potential showdown against Vasyl Lomachenko on the line for the winner.
Today the two men weighed in for their bout and both men came looked in great shape while making weight.
On the scales the Englishman, himself a former WBA Lightweight champion, was bang on the 135lbs limit and looked in great shape, as he always does. Yordan on the other hand was well under the limit at around 133.5lbs. Yordan was also in great shape, and looked confident, but did look a touch undersized and it does feel like he's a fighter who is going ton be the smaller man in the ring.
It's worth noting that Yordan has spent a lot of time fighting at Featherweight, though is a strong Lightweight, something he showed when he beat Pavel Malikov in a thrilling war earlier this year. Crolla on the other hand is a natural Lightweight, who has fought almost his entire career at 135lbs.
For fans wanting to watch this, the bout will be aired on Sky Box Office in the US and DAZN in the US.
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This coming weekend we'll see Indonesian Daud Yordan (38-3-0-1, 26) face off with Englishman Anthony Crolla (33-6-3, 13) at the Manchester Arena in the UK. The bout is a WBA Lightweight world title eliminator, and will set the winner up with a mandatory title shot for the title in the new year, potentially landing them a fight with Ukrainian sensation Vasyl Lomachenko, who fights in a WBA/WBO eliminator in December.
The bout has been picked up by the British bookies, who heavily favour Crolla to come out on top, with the popular "Million Dollar" being priced around 1/3 with many bookies, and best priced at 4/11. Yordan on the other hand is best priced at 13/5 to get the upset, with most bookies pricing him at 12/5 or 5/2. The draw is available as high as 25/1.
The bookies haven't just priced this bout up with a "To Win" market but also a number of alternate markets. These include the method of victory market, which favour a Crolla decision, with odds of 8/13. A stoppage win for Crolle is best priced at 11/2, and widely available at 9/2. A stoppage win for the Indonesian is also widely available at 9/2 but is best priced at 5/1. A decision for the visitor is a huge 7/1, and is seen as the least likely outcome, other than the draw.
For those thinking the bout will go the distance it's worth noting the odds are 2/5 to go 12 rounds and 9/4 for it to end inside the distance.
Related - Yordan and Crolla set for a thriller...
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).
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