Villanueva and Yordan make weight, ready to rumble

Carlos Cinco
Lorenzo Villanueva and Daud Yordan make weight, as do Chris John and Shoji Kimura.

SINGAPORE – Earlier Friday, May 4, at the Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Center, Chris “The Dragon” John of Indonesia weighed-in at 125 1/2 lbs. and is set to face Shoji Kimura of Japan who tipped the scales at 125 lbs.

The contest will take place tomorrow night at the bustling new Asian mecca of Boxing, Marina Bay Sands. The John-Kimura showdown entitled “Dragon Fire” will be contested for the WBA Featherweight strap, of which John is recognized as the ‘super champion’.

Also making weight was pinoy rising star, Lorenzo “Thunderbolt” Villanueva who has stopped all opponents with the exception of one and is going for KO #22 against Daud “Cino” Yordan. Their contest will be fought for the IBO Featherweight title.

The fight card is the first time Singapore will host two world title fights in one night and under one roof.

Chris John appeared ripped and ready to go as did Shoji Kimura. Expect the fight to provide lots of back and forth action, as many of the fights in the lower weight classes tend to feature.

To announce the fight is Mr. Showtime himself, Jimmy Lennon Jr. who gave special mention to Lorenzo Villanueva, reminding the viewing public that he has 21 KO’s under his belt in just 22 fights and is undefeated. Certainly Villanueva is a gem to watch out for, having just ended training camp with Manny Pacquiao in Baguio a few days ago before flying to Singapore for the match.

Also in attendance was former Cruiserweight world champion, Australian Danny Green who is perhaps best known for knocking out Roy Jones Jr. in one round back in 2009.

Fans can expect lots of high-velocity action come Saturday night, May 5 in one of the most prestigious hotels around the world. The venue, maybe as much as the combatants themselves, has taken center-stage and with the eyes of the world watching closely, this marks Singapore’s arrival on the global scene as a spectacular place to hold high-class events. The tickets subsequently are sold-out. –

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