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Chris John affected by spying saga

By Brett Bonetti

WBA Super World Featherweight Champion Chris “The Dragon” John (48-0-3, 22 KOs) has been affected by the Australian government’s recent spying saga. There have recently been allegations Australia had engaged in the phone tapping of Indonesian politicians. The World Boxing Association “Fighter of the Decade” will now need a new venue to hold the upcoming official World championship Boxing press conference.

The press conference was scheduled to be held at the Indonesian consulate in Perth on Tuesday December 3, but due to the recent spying saga, the Indonesian Government body has tightened security and cancelled the planned press conference for the December 6 twin world title fight at Metro City following the strained relations between the Indonesian and the Australian governments.

Last month Chris “The Dragon” John was honoured by Indonesian president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and presented with the Bintang Jasa Star medal, for outstanding contributions towards Indonesia.

Chris John is prepared to act as an ambassador between the two countries to ease the tension and help end the animosity.

Chris John has personally invited Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop and the Australian Minister for Defence, David Johnston to a meeting to discuss this issue further.

The Dragon held a press conference today at Harry’s Gym in Balcatta to take questions from the media before having a radio interview at Perth Talkback Powerhouse station 882 6PR with Angelo Hyder and Rod Tiley.

Chris John will take on the IBO World Featherweight Champion Simpiwe “V12″ Vetyeka (25-2, 15 KOs) in a battle of Featherweight Champions in the Main Event of the next Dragon Fire: World Championship Boxing event at Metro City in Perth, Western Australia.

In the Co-Main Event IBO World Lightweight Champion “Indonesian Thunder” Daud Cino Yordan (31-3, 23 KOs) will defend his title against South African Sipho “Tsunami” Taliwe (21-3, 14 KOs).

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