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Jakarta Post

Champion Chris is looking ahead to unification fight

  • Musthofid

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, November 10 2012   /  11:04 am

RI’s Unbeatable Dragon: WBA super featherweight champion Chris John (right) throws a punch at his Thai rival Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo during his title defense at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore on Friday. Chris retained his title by defeating Chonlatarn over 12 tough rounds of fighting. (Antara/Yudhi Mahatma)Chris John’s success in defense of his WBA featherweight belt on Friday is likely to pave the way for a unification bout with fellow champions from other associations that will bring more, bigger purses to the Indonesian 33-year-old.

Among the champions in this category are Daniel Ponce de Leon (WBC), Billy Dib (IBF) and Orlando Salido (WBO). The list includes fellow Indonesians Daud Yordan (IBO) and Celestino Caballero (WBA), who exceeded Chris John’s championship status after the Indonesian was elevated to “super” champion.

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