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Chris John Says Age a Major Factor in Retirement Call

Indonesia’s former world boxing champion Chris John announced his retirement from the ring in Jakarta on Thursday, two weeks after he lost the WBA Super World featherweight title to IBO king Simpiwe Vetyeka.

At the title bout in Perth, Western Australia, on Dec. 6, Chris' corner threw the towel in after the sixth of 12 rounds against the tough South African.

It was Chris’s only defeat in his fight record, which saw him win 48 (22 KOs) and draw three.

Chris said that the Vetyeka fight was testament to the decline in his physical shape.

“From the last round, I felt I was beginning to drop in stamina. That may be due to my age,” said the 35-year-old, as quoted by Antara.

He had previously signaled his plan to hang up his gloves at the age of 35. “This is the time to step back,” he said.

He said he had discussed his retirement with his trainer Australian Craig Christian.

“My trainer supports my decision because of my condition,” he said.

He said he would sort out his future with his management.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Slyboots on 12-20-2013

Got to commend John on walking away from the sport and not linger around like so many others.

Comment by Jerzz on 12-20-2013

There were plans to battle Nonito Donaire to be great but Rigo beat him to it and the battle of 2 Southeast Asian Stars never materializes.

Comment by giacomino on 12-20-2013

Smart for him to get out now. When you get pounded by a decent but nothing special opponent like Vetyeka, your career arc is decidedly heading downward

Comment by Babalu11 on 12-20-2013

John was good, but not great..He lost to JMM Imo..He kept the belt hostage and the WBA has a lot of blame on this..They preferred to make money and make him a Super Champion who never unified the belt, He…

Comment by nycsmooth on 12-20-2013

Age NEVER has nothing 2 do w/it... it's skill & heart & in this A' Holes case, a lack of COURAGE 2 face the ELITE of his weight, above & below 1 weight....look @ all u intelligent guys that post…

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