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Q&A: IBO featherweight champion Daud Yordan

By Boxing Bob Newman

Chris John Is without a doubt, Indonesia’s superstar in boxing. Undefeated in 49 fights (47-0-2) and looking to make it 50 next week in Singapore as he defends against 44-0 Thai Chonlatarn Piriyapino, it would seem John is without peers in Asia, and arguably in boxing.

Indonesia’s “other” world champ would beg to differ. Daud “Cino” Yordan locked horns with his compatriot once, in April 2011, losing the Indonesian civil war via a competitive, unanimous decision 116-112 twice and 117-111. Exactly one year before, April 17, 2010, Daud was practically shut out, winning only one round on two of the judges cards in Sunrise, Florida, One year before that, Daud was looking fast and furious in a fight with current WBC interim welterweight champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero in San Jose, CA when a clash of heads caused a cut over Guerrero’s right eye, resulting in a second round No Contest. Daud has since bounced back, winning the vacant IBO featherweight Asia Pacific title via TKO4 over Frankie Archuleta and a knockdown trading war over Lorenzo Villanueva for the vacant IBO featherweight title via KO2.

Next week, on the John-Piriyapino undercard, Yordan looks to raise his status against rugged Mongolian Choi Tseveenpurev 36-5 (24), who fights out of Manchester, England. Yordan, nicknamed “Cino” because of his “Chinese” looks, took time to talk to Fightnews.com while on a break from training in Jakarta before leaving for Singapore…

Daud, how is your training going for the Tseveenpurev fight?

Oh, I’m ready. I feel good. I’ll win for sure.

Your opponent Choi, is a rough and tough style fighter. Have you seen him and are you ready for that type of fight?

I have many videos of him. It won’t be a problem. But I know he is a good, strong fighter. I can’t believe he is over 40 years old!

Have you employed sparring partners to mimic his style?

I’m actually sparring with Chris John for this fight.

But Chris’ style is nothing like Choi’s!

I know, that’s true. I have two other Filipino fighters who are more like Choi that are helping me prepare. They are doing a good job.

Going back to your three biggest fights, starting with the Guerrero, what do you think happened in that fight, besides the cut?

He was cut, and wanted out of the fight because I was too fast for him. That is it. He told his corner, “I can’t see,” because he knew he couldn’t catch me.

Can you believe he is a welterweight now?

I know! I am very surprised he has gone up so far. I think for his next fight, Berto is too big and strong for him. Berto should win.

What was the story with your loss against Caballero? You were never in the fight.

I had so many problems just getting to the fight in California. I had a visa problem. I received my visa five days before the fight. I got there three days before and you saw the rest. No time to recover form the jet lag, the time difference. I was exhausted.

The fight with Chris John was much closer. Were the stakes higher being a battle between two Indonesians?

It never happened before in Indonesia for a world title with two Indonesians, but it was a close fight.

Would you like a rematch with Chris?

It doesn’t matter to me. I leave it to my team. I just train, they tell me who to fight. If I fight him again, fine. If not, I’ll fight someone else.

Do you want to fight for other titles among the major organizations?

Same thing- I’ll fight who my people want me to fight. I might go up to Super Featherweight too because featherweight is getting hard for me (to make).

Daud, thank you for your time and good luck next weekend!

Thanks for coming to Jakarta!

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Many thanks to Fightnews’ Indonesian correspondent “Jakarta” Jeff Pamungkas for his help in making this interview happen. To both these writers’ surprise, Yordan needed no translation help and conducted our interview all in English.

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