By JG Antara
Daud Yordan will take another shot at a world championship belt and believes he will pull off a win this time.
The 24-year-old Indonesian will fight for the International Boxing Organization’s vacant featherweight title against Lorenzo Villanueva of the Philippines at Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands resort on May 5.
The bout is on the undercard of World Boxing Association featherweight super champion Chris John’s title defense against Japan’s Shoji Kimura.
After watching Villanueva’s video-taped bouts and studying his moves, Daud knows he’ll face a tough opponent but firmly believes that he will walk out from Singapore as Indonesia’s other world champion.
“I’ve watched tapes of Lorenzo’s previous bouts and he’s very aggressive, strong, and attacks his opponents frontally. I should be very wary of that,” Daud said on Saturday.
The left-handed Filipino has knocked out all but one of his opponents in 22 bouts since turning pro in 2007. In his latest bout, on Jan. 28, Villanueva took only one minute and 17 seconds to knock out Mexico’s Diego Ledesma in Cebu, the Philippines.
“He’s brutal and, adding to my concern, he’s also a southpaw,” said Daud, who has a 28-2-0 record. “However, I saw that his power lasted only for four rounds. If I could hold him off during those first four rounds, I know I will win the bout.”
Daud said that most of his training in his hometown of Ketapang, in West Kalimantan, had involved sparring, and most of that against lefties.
One of his sparring partners was the World Boxing Organization Asia Pacific super featherweight champion Jose Ocampo, who’s also a southpaw boxer.
“I’ve learned a lot from sparring against him and hopefully that will give me an advantage against Lorenzo,” Daud said. “[Ocampo] will fly back to the Philippines on Tuesday.”
He said that he would continue to train in Ketapang until Saturday before traveling to Jakarta for a promotional tour ahead of the bout in Singapore.
For Daud, it will be his second try at a wold championship belt after losing to Chris in Jakarta last year. He holds the IBO Asia-Pacific featherweight title after knocking out American boxer Frankie Archuleta in Australia in September last year.
“I’m very lucky to have this second opportunity, so I won’t waste my chance. I’ve been working hard for the fight and I will bring the title home,” Daud said.
If Daud wins, he’ll be the fourth world champion from the country after Ellyas Pical, Muhammad Rachman and Chris.
The IBO featherweight title has been open since champion Jhonny Gonzalez of Mexico won the World Boxing Council’s featherweight title.