Chris John to fight Daud Yordan in April
Featherweight titlist Chris John, the longest reigning active world titleholder in boxing, will make his 14th title defense April 17 against Indonesian countryman Daud Yordan.
The fight will take place at the 8,000-seat Jakarta International Expo and is being billed as the biggest fight in Indonesia's history.
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"This fight will be Indonesia's equivalent of Sugar Ray Leonard vs. Marvin Hagler or Oscar De La Hoya vs. J.C. Chavez," said Raja Sapta Oktohari, comparing the fight to those historic bouts. Oktohari's Mahkota Promotions is co-promoting the fight.
The 31-year-old John (44-0-2, 22 KOs), who has held his title since 2004, is coming off a near-shutout decision against Fernando Saucedo in Jakarta in December in his first fight in his home country in nearly three years.
The 23-year-old Yordan (27-1, 21 KOs), however, is regarded as a far more formidable test for John. Yordan is best known to American boxing fans for a spirited decision loss to Celestino Caballero on HBO last April. Yordan, who also fought Robert Guerrero to a two-round no contest on HBO in 2009, has won two fights in a row since losing to Caballero.
"I am extremely pleased and honored to be the boxing steward for this historical event that the entire nation of Indonesia deserves to be a part of and see," promoter Sampson Lewkowicz said in announcing the fight.
Added Craig Christian, John's trainer and manager: "Chris is extremely focused and motivated for this fight. I view this fight as an unpredictable fight between a young prepared boxer matched against an experienced, well-trained fighter."
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