Enter the Dragon
Featherweight Chris John will defend his WBA title against Simpiwe Vetyeka at the Thunderdome in Perth, Australia, on December 6…
“Why doesn’t somebody pull out a .45 and, bang, settle it?”—Enter the Dragon
Featherweight Chris John will defend his WBA title against Simpiwe Vetyeka over a scheduled 12 rounds at the Thunderdome in Perth, Australia, on December 6.
One of the best pound-for-pounders today, 34-year-old John is a 15-year pro (48-0-3, 22 KOs) who’s successfully defended his title 18 times over the course of 10 years. Undefeated, the Indonesian has drawn three times, against Jose Rojas in 2004, Rocky Juarez in 2009, and Satoshi Hosono in April of this year. “The Dragon” fought twice in 2012, defeating Shoji Kimura in May and Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo in November, both by unanimous decision.
Vetyeka, a 32-year-old from South Africa, is an 11-year pro (25-2, 15 KOs) who’s had one fight this year, stopping Daud Cino Yordan by 12th-round TKO in April, thus winning the IBO featherweight title. “V12” fought twice in 2012, losing to Klaas Mboyane by split decision in June and stopping Sibusiso Khumalo by fourth-round KO in December. Vetyeka’s other loss came in 2007, defeated by Hozumi Hasegawa via unanimous decision.
Should John be successful in his 19th title defense, he’ll tie International Boxing Hall of Famer Eusebio Pedroza for the division record. I’m betting he’ll do just that, and without resorting to a Browning 1911—a hotly contested but clear unanimous decision win for the fire breather.