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John-Kimura, Yordan-Villanueva in Singapore on May 5

WBA featherweight titleholder Chris John and Daud Cino Yordan – arguably Indonesia’s two best pro boxers – will co-headline a card on May 5 at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore against underdogs Shoji Kimura of Japan and Lorenzo Villanueva of the Philippines.

The 32-year-old John (46-0-2, 22 knockouts), of Jakarta, Indonesia, will be making the 16th defense of his seven year-plus title reign, which includes a close decision victory over Juan Manuel Marquez. His opponent Kimura (24-4-2, 9 KOs) returned in January to win a split decision, but hadn’t fought in close to two years prior to that, having lost back-to-back fights in 2010 and 2009.

The co-featured bout between Yordan (28-2, 22 KOs), of Kendal, Indonesia, and Villanueva (22-0, 21 KOs), of Midsayap, Cotabato de Norte, Philippines, is likely to steal the show, however.

Yordan has fought the better competition of the two, losing a competitive decision to John last year and a not-so-competitive decision to current featherweight titleholder Celestino Caballero in 2010. Villanueva, 26, is largely untested but has vaunted punching power in his southpaw left cross.

The show is a co-promotion between Mahkota Promotions of Indonesia and ALA Boxing of the Philippines.

AJ Banal awaits Arce Decision

Filipino bantamweight contender AJ Banal (26-1-1, 19 KO) has his eyes set to his upcoming clash with Raul Hidalgo (16-5, 12 KO) on March 24 at the Waterfront Hotel and Casino in Cebu City, Philippines, but he can’t help but wonder what one man in Los Mochis, Mex. is planning to do next.

The 23-year-old Banal of Bukidnon, Philippines, is the number one contender to WBO bantamweight titleholder Jorge Arce, who is rumored to be in the running to face WBO super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire Jr. some time in the summer.

A rep with Banal’s promoter ALA Boxing said that if Arce moves up and forfeits the title, Banal would likely fight the WBO’s number two contender Thai Pungluang Sor Singyu (39-1, 26 KO).

Banal hasn’t lost since being upset by Rafael Concepcion in 2008 via tenth round TKO for an interim title.

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