Yesterday fans around the world had the chance to see an intriguing match up between Daud Yordan (35-3-0-1, 24) and Japan's Yoshitaka Kato (29-7-1, 9) [加藤善孝]. The bout, which was held in Indonesia and streamed worldwide on RCTI's website, looked a great match up stylistically and was one that we expected to be a nail biting and actioned packed contest. Although it wasn't quite the FOTY that we had anticipated it did manage to have plenty of action and a solid level of skill as the two men traded blows for a pair of WBO regional titles.
The fight began with Yordan taking control early with his speed and combinations. Kato, a defensively sound counter puncher, looked for his openings better but it was Yordan who was getting the shots off, getting to safety and looking like the faster man.
Yordan's early success continued for the most part, with the Indonesian using his extra zip to leave Kato coming off second best. The Japanese fighter did however have success with his straighter punches which seemed, at times at least, to help him establish something of a foothold, but that was all it ever seemed like being.
Having firmly established a lead during the first half of the fight Yordan seemed to be well on the way to winning, though in the past he had shown signs of stamina problems and it seemed like the perfect time for Kato to begin a fight back. Sadly for the visitor he was starting to show his own tiredness and was unable to turn the bout around before a headclash caused Yordan to suffer a fight ending cut.
The cut, as it was caused by an accidental headclash, saw the fight being taken to the cards where Yordan's lead was confirmed, with the Indonesian picking up a unanimous technical decision.
Now it seems as though Yordan's team will be moving towards a potential WBO title fight later in the year, and they will almost certainly be keeping a keen eye on the upcoming all-British bout between Terry Flanagan (29-0, 12) and Derry Matthews (38-9-2, 20), who meet on March 12th with Flanagan defending his title against his countryman.
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