Chris John to Take On Daud In Indonesian Megafight
Indonesian boxing fans will be making a tough choice when the country holds its first major bout of the year, as world champion Chris John goes toe to toe with countryman Daud “Cino” Yordan in Jakarta on April 17.
The fight, to be held at the Jakarta International Expo, will be for Chris’s World Boxing Association featherweight super championship and the right to take on regular WBA world champion Yuriorkis Gamboa of Cuba later this year.
A Chris-Daud fight was once an unthinkable proposition. Chris had repeatedly stated that he didn’t want to fight a fellow Indonesian, insisting it was better that he and Daud be featured in separate world title fights.
In a radical change of mind, however, Chris (44 wins, two draws) said on Monday that taking on Daud (27 wins, one loss) would determine “who was the best Indonesian fighter.”
“My management saw that Daud really wanted to fight me to prove himself,” Chris said during a news conference to formally announce the bout.
“We talked to the promoter, and we liked what was offered to us. We’re treating this as an opportunity to show who the best fighter is in Indonesia.”
Samson Lewkowicz, an international matchmaker who helped make the bout possible, agreed that the fight, dubbed “the Moment of Truth,” would be the biggest held in the country.
“I feel so good about this fight. I had been told that this is like Oscar de la Hoya-Julio Cesar Chavez, Sugar Ray Leonard-Thomas Hearns. Every country has its own moment of truth. This fight is the moment of truth for Indonesia,” Lewkowicz said.
Neither Lewkowicz nor the camps of Chris and Daud revealed the prize money for the bout.
Chris, 32, last fought in December, winning by unanimous decision over Fernando Saucedo, an unheralded Argentinian boxer. It was Chris’s only bout in 2010, having spent most of the time recovering from various injuries.
Daud, 23, figured in one of the undercards in the Chris-Saucedo match. He won by a first-round knockout over Damian David Marchiano of Argentina to claim the World Boxing Organization Asia-Pacific title.
Daud didn’t say much when asked to comment about taking on Chris, who is considered the most accomplished Indonesian boxer ever.
“I’ll just do my best and we’ll see what happens,” Daud said.
His trainer, Damianus Yordan, said they wouldn’t waste the opportunity to go up against a world-class fighter.
“I’ve been training Daud since he was seven years old,” said Damianus, Daud’s older brother. “All this time I’ve been training him because I want him to become the world champion. This is his big break. I know he will win.”