MANILA, Philippines – Indonesia’s Chris John would defend his WBA Featherweight Championship belt against Japanese challenger Shoji Kimura in a sold-out match on May 5, Saturday, at the Marina Bay Sands, Singapore.
The “WBA Fighter of the Decade” has no qualms about taking down his opponent, revealing that Kimura would be knocked out with his newest lethal blow, the “Dragon Punch.”
According to John’s long time trainer Craig Christian, this strike is nothing but “a very fast punch full of fire.”
Christian added that John has been happily training at the gym, working diligently to defend his title.
Kimura’s camp isn’t worried, however, since they’ve prepared a deadly punch meant to defeat John as well, which they proudly call the “Hanagata Special.”
Kimura has been working on the Hanagata Special with his trainer, Susumo Hanagata, and they are definite that this powerful left cross would help them snatch the title from the Dragon.
The undefeated John has an astounding record of 46 wins, 2 draws, and 22 KO’s, while Kimura makes for a strong adversary with his 24 wins, 4 losses, 2 draws and 9 KO’s.
Another awaited fight would also take place on the same night, where Indonesian Daud “Cino” Yordan, would face off against Filipino “Thunderbolt” Lorenzo Villanueva to earn the IBO Word Featherweight Title.
Yordan boasts of 28 wins, 2 losses, and 22 knockouts while Villanueva, who is being trained by famed Manny Pacquiao coach Freddie Roach, is yet to be defeated with his 24 wins and 23 KO’s.
Event promoters Angelo Hyder and Raja Sapta Oktohari hoped that starting this Saturday night, the best of the world’s championship matches would be held in Singapore.
Legendary boxing announcer Jimmy Lennon Jr. Also expressed his confidence, saying the sport could find a long term home in the city-state. He added that Chris John should make Singapore the base of his upcoming fights.
“Being in a neutral place can be a real advantage because fighters may not want to go to the hometown of their opponent,” said Lennon Jr.
“Two World Title Fights on One Night” is the first ever boxing double-championship to be held in Singapore. – Rappler.com