Spaddy and John’s 0’s Goes

By Ted Sares on December 6, 2013
Spaddy and John’s 0’s Goes
Floyd Mayweather at 45-0 looks to be the only legitimate challenger to the Rock’s record.

Chris John’s record is now 48-1-3 and any hope of reaching Rocky Marciano’s magic 49 without a defeat is over…

“This is like a dream come true, just fighting for a title again…People don’t understand how far I came back.”—Paul Spadafora

Paul Spadafora

While his new promotion team, Roy Jones Jr.‘s TNT, talked about breaking Rocky Marciano’s record of 49 victories without a defeat, it was not to be, though to Paul “The Pittsburgh Kid” Spadafora’s great credit, he picked a formidable opponent for the challenge. 

On November 30, Father Time (the “Kid” is an old 37) and eroding skills caught up to Spadafora as tough Venezuelan Johan Perez scored a majority decision over The Kid at The Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort, in New Cumberland, West Virginia. It was Paul’s first loss in 50 pro bouts, dropping his record to 48-1-1 and ending his dream to match Marciano’s all-time record of 49 wins without a loss. The 38-year-old former lightweight titleholder who was badly cut up in the fight said, “He (Perez) had an awkward rhythm…but I fought my heart out.”

“El Terrible” Perez up his record to 18-1-1 and is no slouch. With the victory, he earned the interim WBA light welterweight world championship. The judges scored the fight for Perez, 115-113, 117-111 and 114-114.

Chris John

Meanwhile, Indonesia’s Chris “The Dragon” John at 48-0-3 was tantalizingly close to long-retired Hall-of-Famer Ricardo “Finito” Lopez’s 51-0, though Finito’s record, like John’s, is marred by one draw which he later avenged.

But shock of shocks, on December 6 in Australia, John was defeated for the first time in his 15-year career as South African Simpiwe Vetyeka imposed his will and badly hurt John in the fifth round and dropped the Indonesian fighter in the sixth after which Chris retired in his corner at the end of the round. It ended the previously undefeated John’s remarkable run of 18 successful title defenses. The South African retained his IBO belt and also claimed John’s WBA title. Vetyeka dedicated the win to the late Nelson Mandela.

Vetyeka (25-2, 15 KOs) is no stranger to Indonesia having beat John’s countryman and heir apparent Daud Yordan there in his last fight, stopping Yordan in the final round to win the IBO featherweight crown.

John’s record is now 48-1-3 and any hope of reaching Rocky Marciano’s magic 49 without a defeat is over.

Cesar Rene Cuenca (aka El Distinto)

This Argentinean is now at 46-0 as a result of a UD victory over Patricio Antonio Pedrero on November 23, 2013,but the feather-fisted 32-year-old Cuenca will never join the killer quintet of Luis Carlos Abregu, Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez, Lucas Matthysse, powerful Marcos “El Chino” Maidana, and emerging Omar Andres “El Huracan” Narvaez. With just two KOs in 46 wins, El Distinto is a distinct non-killer.


Floyd Mayweather is at 45-0 and looks to be the only legitimate challenger to the Rock’s record. Stay tuned, for the way is clear for Floyd’s legacy.

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  1. Ted 05:47pm, 12/07/2013

    Your name. My bad. You are incorrect

  2. Ted 11:23am, 12/07/2013


  3. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 10:54am, 12/07/2013

    Ted Sares-“For of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these: It might have been!” (John Greenleaf Whittier)....there’s no doubt in my mind that both Spadafora and Pavlik, as good as they both were, could have been all time greats.

  4. Your Name 10:12am, 12/07/2013

    ricardo lopez retired 52-0

  5. Clarence George 10:10pm, 12/06/2013


  6. nicolas 09:58pm, 12/06/2013

    I know Clarence George had written to me that John was he felt in the top ten PFP in the world, and was deserving of fighter of the decade by the WBA, at least that is what I believe he implied in our discussion not so long ago when I disputed his claim of Johns’s greatness. Many years back, he was truly the number one fighter in the featherweight division, though with a controversial decision over Juan Manuel Marquez, a fight I thought at best was a draw, and not a win for John. His 0 I feel very strongly would have gone a long time ago had he had to fight the likes of Gonzalez, Salido, Lopez or Garcia, Cabalerro, or Gamboa, the last two with the help of the WBA and there interim or regular titles.

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