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The Dragon still wants to fight, a Q&A with Chris John
Chris John looks to extend his impressive record - the longest unbeaten streak among active, world-class boxers - when he defends his WBA featherweight title against Satoshi Hosono on April 14. The 33-year-old veteran tells RingTV.com that he isn't ready to wind down his career.
Chris John (right) lands a right hand to Shoji Kimura en route to defending his WBA featherwieght title for the 15th time. The Indonesian icon, who will make the 18th defense of his title in Jakarta on April 14, is three defenses away from breaking the division record.
It had been reported in various media outlets last year that long time WBA featherweight titleholder Chris John was winding down his career, but reports of his imminent exist appear greatly exaggerated.
The Indonesian icon was quick to dispel that rumour when he spoke to RingTV.com recently
“I will fight for as long as I have the fire to fight, and my fire burns brighter than ever,” John told RingTV.com.
People have long wondered why John hasn’t been back to America after a brief sojourn a few years back. The reason seems to be money. When he fought in America he made less than $100,000, which is a fraction of what he makes when appearing in Asia where he is hugely popular and regularly appears in commercials while also taking part in many TV shows.
John’s most recent fight was shown live in several countries, spanning as many as 500 million homes. To his credit he remains hugely disciplined. Tony Tolj, the COO of John’s promotional entity, Dragon Fire Promotions, simply says “He is the most humble person I know.”
John is in his 15th year as a pro. The last 10 are part of an impressive 126-pound title reign that has seen him best Derrick Gainer, Rocky Juarez as well as his signature win in 2006 when he out-pointed future hall of famer Juan Manuel Marquez.
This weekend “the Dragon,” who is unbeaten in 50 bouts (48-0-2, 22 knockouts), makes the 18th defense of his crown against hard charging Satoshi Hosono. If John is able to turn back the Japanese contender he’ll be one defense away from equalling Eusebio Pedroza’s division record set almost 30 years ago.
Chris John : He is a tough fighter, he never stops attacking and he’s big puncher. “Bazooka” Hosono is very dangerous. I have fought many Japanese boxers and I have great respect for them all. They are all warriors.
CJ: My promoter Dragon Fire got an offer to fight at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore and we accepted. Singapore is a great place. I would like to fight there again in the future.
CJ: I fight for my people of Indonesia. Without their support I wouldn’t be where I am today, I owe everything to my people.
CJ: My goal is to unify the featherweight division.
CJ: This is not true. I will fight anyone, anywhere, anytime... The Dragon's fire is burning brighter than ever.
CJ: Good technical boxer. I sparred with him in June of 2009. He was still learning then but I could see a big future.
CJ: I was only in Jakarta until I was about 6 years old, then I moved to Central Java until I was 17 and then I moved to Semeranag where I still live to this day. Growing up in Indonesia was tough for me and my family. We didn't have much money. My father didn't have anything to give me but boxing. That’s all he knew and he tough me discipline at a very young age and I have used it for my whole career. I owe everything to my father.
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