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50 million Indonesians to tune in to WA boxing card
Duad Yordan, left, and Daniel Brizuela stare off. Pic supplied

WA boxing promoter Angelo Hyder believes Perth's proximity to Indonesia makes it ideally placed to tap into the country's growing market.

Hyder says about 50 million Indonesians will tune in live to watch compatriots Daud Yordan and Rasmanudin in action at the Metro City nightclub in Northbridge tonight.

Even accounting for the boxing world's love of the hard sell, it's a good indication of the sport's appeal in the country.

"It's funny, we have the Aussie super-bantamweight champion Jason Cooper from Queensland on the card and at the press conference he said Rasmanudin had come a long way to fight him," Hyder said.

"He didn't realise that he'd flown further than the Indonesian. It's five-and-a-half hours from Brisbane and four-and-a-half hours from Jakarta."

Yordan headlines tonight's Thunderdome II card when he challenges Argentina's Daniel Brizuela for the vacant International Boxing Organisation lightweight title.

Hyder says Yordan (30 wins, three losses) is being touted as the man to pick up the mantle from former conqueror and long-time world featherweight king Chris John.

"Chris John can't go on forever and they see Yordan as the next big thing," Hyder, a partner in promoters Dragon Fire Boxing, said.

"But he's going into the unknown tonight - he lost his last fight at featherweight because he was struggling at the weight, so is jumping up two divisions.

"And Brizuela is confident - he wants to bet his whole purse on victory and said he wouldn't come over unless he got live TV rights back home. You don't do that unless you're serious."

Any needle between the two fighters at the media conference was diluted when their exchanges had to pass between their respective translators.

But Yordan's brother and trainer, Damien, did ask the South American if he was "coming to fight, not run away like a chicken".

"I don't want you to be running round like Messi or Maradona," he said, referring to Argentina's two greatest footballers.

The deadpan Brizuela replied: "I will hit him with the speed of Messi and the power of Maradona, it will be him who will be put to sleep like a chicken."

Duad Yordan, left, and Daniel Brizuela pose with the belt after the weigh-in yesterday. Pic supplied

There's no question of Brizuela's enthusiasm for the contest, he has journeyed 32 hours for his first pro fight outside Argentina, travelling from his home city of Mendoza via Buenos Aries, Sao Paolo in Brazil and Qatar.

But despite defeat last time out, Yordan has mixed in higher company, including facing the aforementioned John and a two-round no-contest against Robert Guerrero, who was Floyd Mayweather Jr's last opponent.

Both men have been put down in their previous fights, the question is whether Yordan can carry his power up from featherweight to lightweight. If so, the walk-forward Indonesian will be confident of tagging Brizuela (25-1-2), who has been known to drop his lead left hand.

The IBO Asia-Pacific title bout between Cooper (6-1-1) and Rasmanudin (17-3-2) sees respective national super-bantamweight champions clashing. Rasmanudin, now trained by Perth's Craig Christian but whose three losses have all come on each of his ventures outside his country, predicted an eighth-round stoppage. "It won't last that long," countered Cooper.

Also on the card are Jeremy van Diemen (4-0-1) and Andrew Green (10-0), who meet for the WA light-heavyweight title.

And Perth middleweight Luke Sharp (5-0-2) faces Peter Mitrevski Jr (23-8-1), who fights for the first time in two-and-a-half years after he was shot twice in each leg following a street brawl two years ago.

In arguably the line of the week, Sharp's trainer Dave Hassan said: "I don't care who you are, you don't come back from being shot four times a better fighter."

Hassan added: "Luke's getting better with every fight.

"Peter is also a natural welterweight (not a middleweight). Yes he is more experienced and has fought some good boys but he has lost to them. Luke is naturally bigger, he's younger and he's stronger."

Sharp and Mitrevski also meet for an IBO Asia Pacific belt.

Two other West Aussies are on show tonight. Fox's light-welterweight Brandon Ogilvie (4-0) says he has fully recovered from a broken hand and is promising a "special show" against veteran journeyman Alex Ah Tong (8-22-5), while middleweight Sam Hogan (3-0) - described by Hassan as "just an animal" - faces Sydney-based Iranian Amir Ranjdar (11-19).

The first fight tonight is at 7.30pm with some tickets still available at Oztix.

Duad Yordan in post weigh-in pose. Pic supplied

Official weigh-in results

IBO lightweight title (12 rounds): Daud Yordan (60.98kg) v Daniel Brizuela (60.74kg)

IBO Asia Pacific super-bantamweight title (10 rounds): Rasmanudin (55.34kg) V Jason Cooper (55.18kg)

WA State liht-heavyweight title (8 rounds): Jeremy van Diemen (79.18kg) v Andrew Green (79.22kg)

IBO Asia Pacific middleweight title (10 rounds): Luke Sharp (72.34kg) v Peter Mitrevski Jr (72.36kg)

Light-welterweight (6 rounds): Brandon Ogilvie (63.12kg) v Alex Ah Tong (63.22kg)

Middleweight (6 rounds): Sam Hogan (72.48kg) v Amir Ranjdar (76.1kg)

- Australia's 2012 Olympian Damien Hooper made it three wins from three in the pro ranks in New Zealand last night.

The Queensland light-heavyweight stopped late sub Viliami Toafai in the first round in Auckland.

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