Earlier today in Indonesia fans had the chance to see popular local veteran Daud Yordan (40-4-0-1, 28) score his latest victory, as he took a TKO win against South African Michael Mokoena (15-5, 10).
From the opening round we saw what we would all have expected. Yordan applying his trade mark pressure and Mokoena boxing on the back foot, moving, and trying to to pick off the local star.
The opening round was close, with neither man landing too much, but as the rounds went on, and as Yordan's engine began to get going, he was winning the rounds by a clearer, and clearer margin. It wasn't that he was beating up the visitor, but he was clearly doing more than Mokoena, who was a touch too negative at times, and didn't really let his shots go with the consistency he needed.
The round of the fight was round 7, when Yordan started well, but Mokoena really came on strong by the end of the round, in what was a genuinely engaging 3 minutes of action. Sadly for Mokoena he failed to build on his success from late int in the round when he injured his own shoulder in round 8. The injury was a bad one and forced him to pull out of the contest mid-round.
Despite the win today Yordan did not look good. He was looking very much like a shot fighter. He looked slow, seemed to be unable to pull the trigger like he once did. He was perhaps also lucky that Mokoena hurt himself, as there was a chance the South African could have come on and built on success from round 7, when he seemed to legitimately rock Yordan.
There's regional opponents out there for Yordan but we wouldn't want to see him fighting at anything above that level, as we genuinely think, on the back of today's performance, that he'd get hurt. And hurt badly.
Indonesian promotional outfit Mahkota Promotion have been rather quiet recently, however they have now confirmed plans to have a notable card in Batu on November 17th featuring the biggest name in Indonesian boxing and one of their brightest hopes.
The card will be headlined by Daud Yordan (39-4-0-1, 27), who is scheduled to fight in a 12 round contest on the card against a yet to be named opponent.
Few details have been made public about Yordan's bout, but he is expected to face a notable international opponent as he looks to remain in the mix for a world title fight. This will be his second bout since losing to Anthony Crolla last November, and will see him look to build on an August victory over Patomsith Pathompothong.
The card will also feature the very promising Ongen Saknosiwi (7-0, 7), who will be looking to make his first defense of the WBC Asian Boxing Council Continental Featherweight title. The unbeaten 25 year old is seen by those at Mahkota as a future world champion, but they have decided not to rush him, and are instead looking to give him, around 2 years to mature and prepare for a world title bout.
At the moment his bout is yet to have an opponent announced for it, though quotes in the Indonesian press suggest it will be an international opponent of a more "severe" nature than he's faced so far. Fingers crossed Saknosiwi gets tested, and passes the test, as he really could be the next face of Indonesian boxing, with the right match making going forward.
More details of this show are expected to be announced in October, including opponents for both Yordan and Saknosiwi.
Earlier today in Pattaya, Thailand, Indonesian fighter Daud Yordan (39-4-0-1, 27) claimed his latest win, beating the over-matched Patomsith Pathompothong (21-12, 10) , aka Aekkawee Kaewmanee.
Yordan was fighting for the first time since losing in the UK to Anthony Crolla in a world title bout last November and showed some ring rust, but never looked in any trouble as he beat and worked over the Thai fighter. Through out the contest it seemed like Patomsith had little to offer and that he was there to make up the numbers in what was little more than a show case for Yordan.
After 5 rounds the 37 year old Thai pulled out of the contest, retiring in his corner, to take his 12th career loss, and his 6th by stoppage.
After the contest Yordan was awarded the specially created WBC International challenge belt. It's unclear why the WBC created a new title for this bout, though it does appear to be little more than a ceremonial belt rather than one associated with any particular ranking. Again it's unclear why the WBC would go to this extent, but we've come to expect the bizarre from the WBC in recent years.
Interestingly, in the build up to the fight, one of the show's promoter had aired some issues with the WBC supervisor for the show and it's unclear how those issues were solved.
Other than Yordan's win there was very little on the show of any interest, though Thai fighter Yuttana Yongda (14-24, 10) did mange a rare win as he took out Thomas Newton (2-2, 1) in the 3rd round, scoring a 3 knockdowns
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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