Chris John Wins UD Over Daud Cino Yordan; Retains WBA Feather Title, Unbeaten Record

By James Slater: Hours ago in his native Jakarta, Indonesia, WBA featherweight champion Chris John retained his belt with an impressive 12-round unanimous decision win over the far less experienced Daud Cino Yordan. The 31-year-old, known as “The Dragon” defeated his 23-year-old countryman via wide scores of 117-111 and 116-111 twice. Now 45-2(22), the classy John proved he has plenty left to offer still. Yordan, now 27-2(21) fought well at times and he was unafraid to exchange with the champion, but he was taken to school on occasion, in a fight that was billed as an Indonesian super-fight.

John started the fight the aggressor, while in later rounds he reverted back to his brilliant counter-punching approach. Puncher Yordan was game, but in the second half of the fight it was pretty much one-way traffic. There were no knockdowns in the 12-rounder, but the action was fan-friendly and good to watch.

Considering how this was just his second fight since the return encounter with Rocky Juarez in September of 2009, John looked good. John looked a somewhat tired fighter last time out, against Fernando David Saucedo, buy he looked fresh and full of energy against Yordan.

Very much needing a really big fight (John has fought and beaten Juan Manuel Marquez, but he has had just two fights in America; the two with Juarez), it is to be hoped John will fight rival 126-pound Yuriorkis Gamboa next. Now that a Juan Manuel Lopez-Gamboa mega-fight has been ruined (due to Orlando Salido’s upset win over “Juanma”) the next-best thing, the next-biggest fight at the weight is a Gamboa-John clash.

Gamboa has said a number of times he is willing to fight any featherweight in the world. Will John feel the same way and agree to get it on with the speedy Cuban?

Article posted on 18.04.2011

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