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Chris John poised for record-tying 19th WBA featherweight defense

By Brett Bonetti
Photos by Tony Tolj

Current undefeated World WBA super featherweight champion Chris “The Dragon” John (48-0-3, 22 KOs) faced off with IBO world featherweight champion Simpiwe “V12” Vetyeka (25-2, 14 KO’s) in their final press conference ahead of Dragon Fire Promotions’ world championship boxing event this Friday Night at Metro City in Perth, Western Australia. The press conference was originally scheduled to be held at the Indonesian consulate in Perth, but due to the recent spying saga, the Indonesian Government body cancelled the planned press conference following the strained relations between the Indonesian and the Australian governments. The presser was instead held today at Metro City, the venue for this twin world title fight this Friday night.

Chris John will defend his WBA World Featherweight Title for the 19th time in a battle of Featherweight Champions. If Chris John is successful on Friday night, he will create history and equal Eseubio Pedroza’s long standing record of 19 WBA world featherweight title defenses. And the “The Dragon” is confident he will once again retain his title. “We’ve have seen Veteka fight, I can handle him once we are in the ring,” John said.

Vetyeka who is a two division IBO World Champion in the Featherweight and Bantamweight divisions respectively and an 11 year veteran says he can cause an upset and defeat the WBA Fighter of the Decade. “It will take time, but I will knock Chris John out after round seven,” Vetyeka said.


There was speculation this week that the fight was in jeopardy when Lovemore Ndou claimed he still represents Vetyeka and was not informed about this fight.
When the question was asked at the presser, Vetyeka’s team refused to divulge any further updates on the issue, however Nick Durant was adamant this week that he is Vetyeka Manager and said he has managed his last 3 bouts.

Chris John’s long time trainer Craig Christian said his boxer will be too good for the challenger on Friday night and hopes Vetyeka fights this time and doesn’t run away like he did in his last fight against Daud Yordan.

The fighters in the co-main event, IBO World Lightweight Champion “Indonesian Thunder” Daud Cino Yordan (31-3, 23 KO’s) and South African Sipho “Tsunami” Taliwe (21 -3, 14 KO’s) were both confident of victory ahead of their bout.

The 26 year old Yordan made Indonesian boxing history in July when he became the first Indonesian two weight division champion at featherweight and lightweight respectively following his unanimous decision victory over Argentinian Daniel “Tatu” Brizuela (25-2-2, 8 KO’s)

“I worked hard to get my belt and I am going to keep my title” Yordan said.

Yordan’s trainer Damianus Yordan predicted his brother will win by knockout over Taliwe.

Taliwe was composed at the presser and maintained that he will claim the title with a good victory over Yordan. “I trained very hard as I always do, I am ready for this fight” Taliwe said.

Also in attendance Perth rising star Matt Garlett along with his trainer Peter “Foxy” Wilkinson.

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