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Jakarta Post

Chris John forfeits world title

  • Niken Prathivi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, July 27 2008   /  10:22 am

A fight to decide the World Boxing Association featherweight title was canceled when champion Chris John of Indonesia and contender Jackson Asiku of Australia failed to show up to their weigh-in. The fight was scheduled to take place Sunday in Ancol, North Jakarta. There were no official explanations offered from either of the boxers' camps although an earlier report by medical official Dr. Haryono showed that Chris John weighed 61.5 kilograms, more than the featherweight limit of 57.1 kilograms. "According to WBA regulations, if a boxer remains overweight at the time of the scheduled weigh-in, they will be given two hours to lose the weight," WBA supervisor Alan Kim told reporters. "In this case, the scheduled weigh-in time was four p.m., they couldn't make it. And now it is already passed six p.m., so I declare tomorrow's (Sunday's) match ca...