Daud succeeds in IBO title defence

Indonesia's Daud Jordan successfully defended his IBO World Featherweight title against Mongolia's Choijiljavyn Tseveenpürev at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.

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Suhas Bhat

By Suhas Bhat

The main event of the night saw Indonesia's Chris John retain his WBA (Super) World Featherweight Championship, extending his unbeaten record to an impressive 50th bout. He inflicted the loss on Thailand's Chonlatam Piriyapinyo, who himself was unbeaten on 46 occasions prior to Friday's fight.

A total of seven fights took place at the Marina Bay Sands Expo with the tournament organised by Dragon Fire where Daud impressed the most as Choijiljavyn, nicknamed the 'Mongolian Warrior', gave him the sternest of tests in what was only his second title defence. 

Fighting over 12 rounds, the 41-year-old challenger started off strongly as he comfortably dealt with Daud's attacks. Within the first two rounds, he managed to corner the Indonesian and broke through his defence on a number of occasions with his strong left hook. 

Daud recovered in the subsequent rounds with continual jabs to the head, assisted as he was by Choijiljavyn's preference for a conservative and low-moving guarding style.

By the sixth round, Daud had grabbed the initiative as he repeatedly ducked Choijiljavyn's punches and sent cross-jabs that upset his opponent's balance. And in the subsequent round, he attacked his challenger with a flurry of punches after the Oriental boxer retreated to the ropes and sought a moment of respite.

The West Borneo man sought to tire his rival in the next few rounds but could not pin him down in order to secure a knockout win as Choijiljavyn showed great resolve and reversed several one-two charges. And he maintained his cool whenever Daud attempted to taunt him to go on the offensive by extending his arms outwards in a seemingly unguarded manner. 

Nevertheless, the 25-year-old was too agile for Choijiljavyn and he weaved between punches and stepped back to escape the Mongolian's reach with effortless ease. 

Even a late offensive rally by Choijiljavyn, fighting in Asia for the first time since 2000, proved to be futile as the judges awarded a deserved 117-111, 119-110, 118-110 victory to the incumbent champion. 

This set the stage nicely for the most-anticipated fight of the night between John and Piriyapinyo which was expected to be a much closer affair as the duo had managed to remain unbeaten in a cumulative total of 93 fights coming into this one. With their prized unbeaten records on the line, both opted for a very conservative approach with John only managing to break through his opponent's guard towards the end of the second round.

But the "Super" champion enjoyed success with several hooked punches even as the Thai attempted to clinch him and dull his fighting intensity. 

However, John struggled to wrap up the match as Piriyapinyo, a former kickboxer, managed to secure regular timeouts due to a combination of equipment errors (he was ordered by the referee to fasten his boxing gloves) and John's inability to deal with an increasingly slippery floor. 

Eventually, Piriyapinyo fell victim to a series of uppercuts from the eighth round onwards and John, with the partisan crowd firmly behind him, danced around the ring and ensured he did not receive any further blows to worsen his scorecard.

The judges duly awarded the 33-year-old the 47th win of his career with a 119-109, 119-109, 117-111 margin.  

Earlier on, Singapore had reason to celebrate as local boxer Mohammad Nor Rizan secured revenge over China's Wang Xin Hua - the latter having defeated Nor Rizan earlier in May - while Syafiq Abdul Samad achieved an impressive first-round knockout win over Englishman James Goyder in the battle of the debutantes. 

Curiously enough, Nor Rizan tried to return the Super Bantamweight title as he gestured to the audience that he felt Wang was the better fighter over the four rounds of their match.

Thailand could not register a win in the Cruiserweight division either as Malaysia's Muhammad Meeraj secured a comfortable win over Komgrit Nanakorn despite the fact that the Malaysian, participating in only his second fight, rarely shielded his punches.

In the night's other fights, China's Qiu Xioa Jun and Philippines' Arnel Tinampay secured comprehensive wins over Korea's Hwi-Jong Kim and South Korea's Yosuke Kirima respectively. 

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