Longtime WBA featherweight super champion Chris “The Dragon” John is all for Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum’s suggestion of seeing who owns the featherweight division. “I like the idea,” said John. “I want to test myself. [WBO champion Juan Manual] Lopez and [WBA regular champion Yuriorkis] Gamboa are very good boxers. It will be a great tournament, the fans will be very happy and I have to be at my best. I am confident I will win.”
John’s trainer/manager Craig Christian added “We are willing to fight both of these guys. It will bring the best out of Chris. Many people will be surprised how good he really is, he only pushes himself just enough to win, he is a smart fighter. He studies videos of his opponents and trains hard enough to get over the line. Against these two boys he will be at his best and that will be great to watch. We have a date, April the 3rd in Bali, and we can accommodate Gamboa or Lopez.
“Chris is the champion. Bob Arum has challenged us so if they want it come and take it off him. We can fight on a Sunday at lunchtime and send it back to America on pay per view. I think this is financially better for both boxers. Anyway to Bob Arum we accept your challenge.”
After Saturday’s world title twinbill at Madison Square Garden, Arum said a showdown between Lopez and Gamboa would be a “huge, huge fight, but not right now……We’ll have to clean up all the featherweights. And then when everyone is panting about seeing these guys fight each other, I’ll do a big, big blowout kind of show.”