By Jeffery Pamungkas at ringside
Eager for a big knockout victory, something rare in his seven year title reign, WBA featherweight champion Chris John performed with the usual high standard of boxing ability that he displayed in his previous fights with Osamu Sato, Derrick Gainer, Juan Manuel Marquez, and Rocky Juarez (twice). Although winning by convincing scores of 119-109 (Sylvestre Abainza, Pinit Prayadsab) and 120-108 (Jose Ignacio Martinez) over his foe Fernando David Saucedo, John failed to utilize the weapons that have become his trademark: jabs, straight punches, excellent footwork, body movement, and fast combinations.
Perhaps having the impression that his opponent was weak, John tried to attack Saucedo from the beginning of the bout. Saucedo absorbed John’s aggressions with his excellent cover mixed with occasional counters by left hooks which many times endangered the champion. John himself missed many potential knockout punches which hit only air in almost every round for his efforts to score a clean knockout victory for his fans.
The challenger kept taunting and showing gestures as if to say “hit my face and body, not my gloves,” luring the champion into fighting the challenger’s fight.
“I admit that I was too emotional in responding Saucedo’s taunts and gestures, but my trainer always reminded me not to be lured in his strategy,” said John to the press after the fight.
On the other hand, Saucedo confessed that being defensive with occasional counter attacks is in accordance with his team’s strategy for this fight. ”
So after this fight, John remained undefeated bringing his record to 44-0-2, 22 KOs, while Saucedo’s became 38-5-3, 1 KO.
Now John must immediately return to his gym, as the WBA has instructed John and Yuriorkis Gamboa to meet in the ring by March or April to decide who will be the best in this division. “We’ll start to talk about it. We prefer that the bout will take place in Indonesia, therefore we will start discussing it with Sampson Lewkowicz as John’s matchmaker,” said Raja Sapta Oktohari, the promoter of this bout.
An hour before the main card, world rated featherweight Daud Cino Yordan (# 8 WBA and # 11 WBO) only needed 19 seconds in the first round to drop his opponent, Damian David Marchiano in a 12 rounds WBO Asia Pacific Featherweight interim title bout. Yordan’s vicious left uppercut landed on the jaw, dropping Marchiano who had previously lost to the famed Daniel Ponce De Leon, Bernard Dunne and Silence Mabuza. Marchiano’s corner threw in towel before the referee started counting. After this bout, Yordan’s record stretched to 27-1, 21 KOs, while Marchiano’s dropped to 16-7-1, 6 KOs.
The fights took place at Indoor Tennis Stadium, Senayan, Jakarta, Indonesia, on December 5.