By Jeff Pamungkas
A few days after his disappointing performance and loss from Celestino Caballero on April 10 in Sunrise, Florida, Daud Yordan returned home to Indonesia where the press and boxing community waited for him. This writer met him today in Pontianak City, West Kalimantan, Indonesia, four hours away by speed boat from Kayong Town, where Yordan lives and trains.
“It was my risk as an athlete. It’s okay for me, and I have prepared for the loss in a game far before the fight with Caballero. A loss in boxing is something common, and I always prepare for a loss every time I climb into the ring. Boxing is merely a game, and my life must go on. There are a lot more important things to do,” Yordan said.
“I’ll be back in the gym, and see the future steps for my career with my management and family. I know I’m not a famous boxer like Miguel Cotto, who can get another title shot after being humiliated in the ring, but I have to start from zero again,” Yordan said of his poor performance.
He applied for the US visa three months before the fight, but the visa was issued on April 5; five days before the date. Yordan, with his team, flew out immediately on that date then arrived in the US on April 8, only 1 day before the weigh in.
“I suffered from jet lag. I didn’t sleep until the night before the fight due to jet lag and other problems as well,” confessed Yordan. “But I don’t want to say it’s the reason of the loss.”