Chris John Wins UD Over Daud Cino Yordan; Retains WBA Feather Title, Unbeaten Record
By James Slater: Hours ago in his native Jakarta, Indonesia, WBA featherweight champion Chris John retained his belt with an impressive 12-round unanimous decision win over the far less experienced Daud Cino Yordan. The 31-year-old, known as “The Dragon” defeated his 23-year-old countryman via wide scores of 117-111 and 116-111 twice. Now 45-2(22), the classy John proved he has plenty left to offer still. Yordan, now 27-2(21) fought well at times and he was unafraid to exchange with the champion, but he was taken to school on occasion, in a fight that was billed as an Indonesian super-fight.
Article posted on 18.04.2011
John started the fight the aggressor, while in later rounds he reverted back to his brilliant counter-punching approach. Puncher Yordan was game, but in the second half of the fight it was pretty much one-way traffic. There were no knockdowns in the 12-rounder, but the action was fan-friendly and good to watch.
Considering how this was just his second fight since the return encounter with Rocky Juarez in September of 2009, John looked good. John looked a somewhat tired fighter last time out, against Fernando David Saucedo, buy he looked fresh and full of energy against Yordan.
Very much needing a really big fight (John has fought and beaten Juan Manuel Marquez, but he has had just two fights in America; the two with Juarez), it is to be hoped John will fight rival 126-pound Yuriorkis Gamboa next. Now that a Juan Manuel Lopez-Gamboa mega-fight has been ruined (due to Orlando Salido’s upset win over “Juanma”) the next-best thing, the next-biggest fight at the weight is a Gamboa-John clash.
Gamboa has said a number of times he is willing to fight any featherweight in the world. Will John feel the same way and agree to get it on with the speedy Cuban?
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