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John looks to extend win streak

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Indonesian Chris John (right) fights Thailand's Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo during their world title match in Singapore on November 9, 2012. AFP

Indonesian Chris John (right) fights Thailand's Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo during their world title match in Singapore on November 9, 2012. AFP

Indonesian boxer Chris John has been a world champion for a decade and remains unbeaten after 50 fights. He is returning to Jakarta next month to make the seventh defence of his WBA Super World Featherweight title against Japanese fighter Satoshi Hosono.

John (48-0-2) initially claimed the WBA Featherweight World belt in 2004.

After a controversial draw with Mexican-American Rocky Juarez in Houston in 2009, in a fight which most people felt the Indonesian clearly won, he was awarded the Super World title instead.

The decision to award Juarez a draw was so contentious that John was granted an immediate rematch in Las Vegas, and this time the scorecards were all in his favour.

Since then, the 33-year-old known as “The Dragon” has been competing exclusively in Asia and Australia, although his April 14 fight with Hosono (23-2) to be held at the Senayan Indoor Tennis Stadium will be his first fight in two years on home soil.

The 29-year-old Hosono has twice fought for world titles, coming up short on both occasions with defeats to Thailand’s Poonsawat Kratindaenggym in 2010 and Celestino Caballero of Panama in 2011.

John is coming off a one-sided decision win over Thai boxer Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo in Singapore last November and will be a strong favourite to retain his belt.

The most memorable win of John’s career came in 2006 when he defeated Mexican legend Juan Manuel Marquez by decision, but despite his status as a dominant world champion, marquee match-ups with the biggest names in the sport have eluded him.

One of his former opponents will also be on the card on April 14 when Daud Yordan, who John beat in 2011, defends his IBO Featherweight title against Simpiwe Vetyeka. The Indonesian will be putting his 30-2 record on the line while the South African, a former bantamweight world champion, is 24-2.



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