Chris John Dominates Kimura; Yordan Blasts Villanueva
By Alexey Sukachev
WBA featherweight super champion Chris John (47-0-2, 22 KOs) celebrated his sixteenth defense of the title by delivering another boxing lesson - this time to overmatched Japanese challenger Shoji Kimura (24-5-2, 9 KOs) - at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. As always, The Dragon was painfully monotonuous and relentless at the same time, getting a wide decision over twelve pretty much one-sided rounds. Scores were 119-108 (Pinit Prayadsab) and 118-109 (Wan-Soo Yuh and Francisco Martinez) - for John, who hasn't thrilled anybody with a stoppage win for four years and a half.
The only round the former Japanese national champion and WBA #14 ranked fighter was giving fits to the Indonesian was the seventh round when Kimura landed several hard punches on John. It was good but it wasn't enough to raise even the slightest doubt in the possible winner. John was outboxing Kimura all way long, while the Japanese was ducking way too low all the time. He was also deducted a point for hitting below the beltline.
Another easy win for John doesn't raise his profile anymore. The local hero needs harder and tougher challenges like the one he got in the States by fighting Rocky Juarez. Otherwise he will be forever be remembered as a fighter who lost his potential in meaningless fights, and even twenty or more defenses will not define an era for The Dragon. Eating hapless sheep all the time isn't enough for a dragon, one wants to witness heroes and knights in the monster's lore.
In the most entertaining fight of the night, WBA #8 featherweight and John's compatriot Daud Cino Yordan (29-2, 23 KOs) dealt the first ever professional loss to highly regarded WBO #6 and IBF #14 rated kayo artist Lorenzo Villanueva (22-1, 21 KOs) of Philippines in a thriller. Yordan got up from a knockdown in the first and finished Villanueva with a thunderous right cross in the second stanza.
Yao Yi Ma (11-1, 7 KOs) UD 6 Kengo Nagashima (10-8-2, 9 KOs)
Wang Xin Hua (7-4-1) MD 4 Mohammed Nor Rizan (5-2, 4 KOs)
Rex Tso (7-0, 4 KOs) UD 4 Yodpichai Sithsaithong (6-4, 3 KOs)
Qui Xiao Jun (3-0) UD 4 Bayu Gede Prabow (0-2)
[QUOTE=Mastrangelo;12081345]That Villanueva - Yordan fight was explosive as expected, Yordan is really developing, I think he'll get a belt finally.[/QUOTE] he did get the belt, yesterday fight was for IBO championship, im happy for him.Comment by Bermuda on 05-05-2012
[QUOTE=any craic lad?;12081466]Damn did'nt think Villanueva would get blasted out so quickly[/QUOTE] Yah same..thought it would last longer.but anyways i don't think its over for villanueva; he's still young. He just needs a better trainer to teach him proper defense…Comment by Cubanstyle on 05-05-2012
[QUOTE=nwo riggs;12081950]Chris John scared Gamboa all the way up to lightweight. He demolished Marquez who owned pacquaio... so hes p4p #1[/QUOTE] Gamboa called him out several times, that asian fool never wanted to fight him otherwise Gamboa would have swept…Comment by Mr Randy Watson on 05-05-2012
[QUOTE=hougigo;12081931]kids just be hating that he's undefeated. If he was in the states, he'd be outselling Floyd in PPV's[/QUOTE] Chris John scared Gamboa all the way up to lightweight. He demolished Marquez who owned pacquaio... so hes p4p #1Comment by Hougigo on 05-05-2012
kids just be hating that he's undefeated. If he was in the states, he'd be outselling Floyd in PPV'sPost a Comment - View More User Comments (22)