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Boxer Chris John fights sports minister, East Nusa Tenggara governor

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, July 9, 2019   /   10:13 am
Boxer Chris John fights sports minister, East Nusa Tenggara governor Youth and Sports Minister Iman Nahrawi (center) promotes an upcoming friendly match against former champion Chris John in Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara, on July 7. (Antara/Kornelis Kaha)

Former boxing world champion Chris John went up against Youth and Sports Minister Imam Nahrawi and East Nusa Tenggara Governor Viktor Bungtilu Laiskodat in a couple of exhibition matches during the 2019 Border Battle International Boxing Championship at the Oepoi Sports Center in Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara, on Sunday evening.

As reported by kompas.com, the two fighters threw jabs at each other, with Imam switching between different boxing styles throughout the match.

Chris largely kept deflecting Imam’s offense, while also occasionally throwing light jabs at the minister’s torso.

The referee announced Imam as the winner of the single-round exhibition match.

Earlier in the evening, Chris also boxed against East Nusa Tenggara Governor Viktor Bungtilu Laiskodat in an opening exhibition match.

Throughout the match, Viktor quickly swayed left and right to evade Chris’ attacks and occasionally threw jabs at his opponent.

Chris also landed a few light jabs on the governor but did not touch his face since he kept swaying from side to side.  

The exhibition match ended in a draw.

“The governor and the sports minister participated in a couple of exhibition matches to promote the event,” Chris said.

The 2019 Border Battle International Boxing Championship, which ran from July 5 to 7, was organized by the Chris John Foundation. The event consisted of three international matches and 15 amateur matches. (rfa)