By Jeff Pamungkas
IBO lightweight champion Daud Cino Yordan told this writer that he’s really shocked hearing the loss of one of his best friends, Marangin Marbun, a fellow boxer from Indonesia. “He used to stay at my gym in Kayong, West Borneo (Indonesia), and we’ve been best friends for so long time. Just a few days ago, we promised to meet in Jakarta after my fight in Australia, so his death is very shocking,” Yordan said from his training camp in Perth, Australia.
Marangin Marbun, the former Indonesian bantamweight champion, was shot dead by the police today (11/30) in Tangerang City of Indonesia, and the case is not yet very clear. Marbun (28 years) performed a good job when he fought the world contender Leon Moore of Guyana in Singapore, 2010, for the interim PABA super bantamweight title.
However, this tragic incident will not disturb Yordan’s concentration. “I’m very sorry about Marbun’s death, but I’m still focused for my coming fight, and the show must go on,” said Yordan (31-3, 23 KOs). He will defend his IBO lightweight title against Sipho Taliwe (21-3-1, 14 KOs) of South Africa as the undercard of the WBA/IBO featherweight title fight between Chris John (48-0-3, 22 KOs) against the IBO champion Simpiwe Vetyeka (25-2, 15 KOs) on December 6, in Metro City, Western Australia, Australia.
(Photo: Marbun (middle) and Yordan).