Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Photos: Chris John-Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo Battle Ready

WBA super featherweight champion Chris John of Indonesia will face yet another true test in his boxing career when he takes on Thai Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo in the “Battle of the Undefeated” at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, on Friday.

Piriyapinyo’s potential onslaught is exemplified by his formidable record, in which he remains undefeated in 44 fights, with 27 wins coming by way of KO. His achievement has earned him the nickname of Crimson Tide. Age could possibly be an advantage for the Thai, who is the current WBC Asian champion, reveling at the age of 27, while Chris is 33-years-old.

However, the Indonesian champion, who is undefeated in 49 fights with 22 KO wins and two draws, expressed his preparedness for the mission to defend his belt for the 17th time.

“We have been preparing well so far. Hopefully, it works as expected,” he said during the weigh-in ceremony at the Marina Bay Convention Center. “We have worked out all training programs and I’m more optimistic about tomorrow’s fight,” he said.

The title contest, which has been tagged the Dragon Fire World Boxing Championship, taking after his nickname “The Dragon”, falls ahead of Nov. 10, which is celebrated as the Heroes National Day back home. When reminded about the occasion, Chris said he was keen to deliver a win as a gift to the nation.

The weigh-in ceremony was conducted in such a way that it looked like the real beginning of a fight with Chris John being introduced by notable ring announcer Jimmy Lennon Junior as the super featherweight world champion and hailed as the legendary and future Hall of Famer.

Piriyapinyo was made to wait on stage having already made his weigh-in. Accompanied by trainer Craig Christian and other entourage members, Chris John jogged down the escalator into the Skating Rink.

Chris acknowledged the audience, made up of event organizers, members from both camps and the media. He took off his shirt and training trunks before embarking on the scale. He weighed-in at 57.1 kilograms, almost 1 kilogram heavier than his opponent.

The two boxers were placed face-to-face and posed fists-up for the cameras. The Indonesian looked fiercely into the eyes of his opponent, displaying his impatience to let his punches do the talking in the ring.

Talking to Indonesian reporters, Christian predicted a KO win by his protégé, saying that the opponent’s belly would be his pitfall.

“Chris John will keep his distance with his long jabs while trying to find good time for a blow,” he said.

It is the second title defense mission in the island-state by Chris following a successful bout against Japanese Shoji Kimura in May, which also saw another Indonesian, Daud Yordan, win his IBO featherweight title over Philippines’ Lorenzo Villanueva.

Daud will also defend his title in Friday’s contest for the first time, while for Chris, it will be his 17th defense since he was first crowned interim champion after beating Oscar Leon in Bali in 2003.

His success to surpass number 10 in titled defense has prompted the WBA to elevate his state as the super featherweight champion.

Meanwhile, Daud will line up his IBO world featherweight title against England-based Mongolian Choijiljavyn “Choi” Tseveenpurev.

Brother and trainer Damianus believed Daud had shaped up well following intensified preparation that included a five-month workout in the jungle of West Kalimantan.

“He is the champion from the jungle. We are keen to prove that the boxer born out of the woods is better than the one built up scientifically,” he said.

He signaled a stoppage inside the rounds, though he stopped short of expressing it literally. Instead, he wrapped up his ambitions under what he referred to as a “sensation”.

“As a boxer, Daud has made an achievement. Now, it’s his chance to further prove his championship value. The sensation is that if he can knock out his opponent,” he said.

“He does have the potent weapon. It depends on if he unleashes it at the right time,” he said.

Also on the cards in Friday’s contest will be Muhammad Meeraj (Malaysia)–Kim Jae-chan (South Korea) in heavyweight, Qui Xiao Jun (China)–Kim Hwi-jong (Korea) in featherweight, Yao Yi Ma (Taiwan)–Yosuke Kirima (Japan) in junior middleweight, Mohamad Nor Rizan (Singapore)–Wang Xin Hua (China) in super bantamweight.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by D-MiZe on 11-09-2012

I'm doing an RbR in another thread, look for the Choi thread.

Comment by deejd on 11-09-2012

What happened to Yordan?

Comment by Russian Crushin on 11-09-2012

Cant wait for this superfight 49-0 vs 44-0 baby

Comment by Bretty Poy32 on 11-09-2012

Piriyapinyo = filipino

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (4)
Top Headlines Video: Roman Gonzalez on The Rematch With Sor Rungvisia Adrien Broner-Mikey Garcia: Good Fight, Rewards Later Randy Caballero vs. Diego De La Hoya in Play For Canelo-Golovkin Robert Garcia: Arum Would Never Let Lomachenko Fight Mikey! Video: Marco Antonio Barrera on Mayweather-McGregor, More McGregor Reacts To Mike Tyson, Says Critics Will 'Eat Their Words' Video: Tom Loeffler on Super Flyweight Triple, Canelo-Golovkin Video: Katie Taylor Talks Bout on Broner-Garcia Card Video: Jermall Charlo Talks 160 Run, Broner-Garcia, More Malignaggi: McGregor an Above Average Puncher, Very Accurate AIBA President Set To Be Ousted as Internal Rift Continues Linares-Campbell Could Land on September 23 in LA, Says Hearn Broner: Don't Care About Mayweather-McGregor, No $$$ In It for Me Photos: Katie Taylor Showing Off Her Moves in New York City Photos: Jarrell Miller, Gerald Washington - Open Workouts Photos: Jermall Charlo, Jorge Sebastian Heiland Putting in Work Photos: Miguel Cotto Grinding Hard For Kamegai Showdown White Explains Why Mayweather-McGregor Will Be a Good Fight Photos: Zou Shiming, Sho Kimura - Face To Face at Final Presser Victor Ortiz: I Can Be One of The Best at 147, There For The Taking! Tyson Fury Announces His Retirement Again on Social Media? Mayweather-McGregor: Odds, Props Movements - 1 Month Out Anthony Fowler Gets Foe For Liverpool Return Rau'shee Warren-McJoe Arroyo: Olympians on the Outside Katie Taylor Aims To Be Impressive on Broner-Garcia Card UK News: Singh Back With Warren; Buatsi and Cordina Return Oleksandr Usyk vs. Marco Huck on September 9 in Berlin Team Donaire Praise Ringstar, Target Mares, Santa Cruz, Frampton Ellerbe: Broner Will Prove All the Naysayers Wrong Against Garcia Jermell Charlo: I'm Backing GGG, Canelo Avoided Me and Brother! Frampton Wants Title at 130-Pounds, Revenge on Santa Cruz Barclays Center Giving Away 2 Mayweather-McGregor Tix Saturday Lawrence Okolie Back in Action on September 1 at York Hall News: Carmona-Martinez, Claressa Shields, Sparrow-Laviolette Nate Diaz Being Courted To Walk Mayweather Out For McGregor Linares: I Want Mikey Garcia - But I Doubt He Returns To 135 Lomachenko Dares Rigondeaux To Do 'Winner Takes All' Bout Jarrell Miller Hungers To KO Washington Quicker Than Wilder Did Victor Ortiz Warns Conor McGregor About "Mayweather's Elbows" Verdejo Wants To Fight in September While Flanagan Recovers
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement