Chris John (boxer)
|Real name||Yohannes Christian John|
The Indonesian Thin Man
|Height||5 ft 6.5 in (1.69 m)|
|Reach||65 in (170 cm)|
September 14, 1979 |
Banjarnegara, Indonesia (Resides in Semarang)
|Wins by KO||22|
Yohannes Christian John (born September 14, 1979 in Banjarnegara, Central Java, Indonesia) is an undefeated Indonesian professional boxer, and the current WBA (Super) featherweight champion. His ten-year reign as featherweight champion is the second longest in the division's history (behind Johnny Kilbane) and his 17 successful title defenses ranks second all-time for the division.
Early life 
Yohannes Christian John or Chris John was born in Banjarnegara, 14 September 1979, was the second son of four children of the couple Johan Tjahjadi (aka Tjia Foek Sem) and Maria Warsini.Boxing has been a part of John's life since his childhood and he never considered any other profession. John's father was a former amateur boxer in Indonesia. He introduced boxing to his sons, John and his younger brother Adrian, at an early age of 5. Boxing has become everything for Chris growing up. It was a way to deal with struggles in life. John's Father inspired him by regaling with stories of hard fought battles and triumphant victories. Given the choice to fight or pursue other sports, John chose boxing and has poured his mind, body and soul into the sport & became an amateur champion in Banjarnegara.
In 1997, Chris caught the attention of renowned boxing trainer, Sutan Rambing. Sutan recruited John into his gym and relocated John to Semarang, a city in central Java Indoesia .Sutan served as John's trainer till 2004 and soon after parted ways when John won his first major world title.
Professional career 
John turned professional in 1997 and was known as "Thin Man" before he proclaimed his new nickname "The Dragon" that he now uses with extreme consistency. In his first professional fight, John won by devastating knockout, beating a local fighter Word kanda. In his 6th bout, the reputation of Chris John shot like a meteor when he knocked out the national featherweight Champion in a 12 rounds bout, Muhammad Afaridzi. John was knocked down twice in round one, but he managed to reverse the situation by knocking Alfaridzi in round 12. According to Chris John, the condition is very bad at the time. His nose was bleeding profusely resulting from a broken nose that occurred in the 1st round.
Chris John vs. Oscar Leon 
2003 was a milestone in Chris's boxing career. Following the win over Dae-Kyun Park, Chris captured the PABA Featherweight title from the .In one of the more definitive and memorable fights of his career, John was given the opportunity to fight hard-hitting Oscar León of Colombia for the WBA featherweight title on 26 September 2003 in Bali. john was The Ring's #8-ranked featherweight in the world (and #10 pound-for-pound), while Oscar was the #5-ranked featherweight in the world and #5 pound-for-pound. This was Oscar's second title fight in his career. His first, losing to then WBA featherweight champion Derrick Gainer in a very disputed twelve round split-decisions.
While both fighters were the in their mid 20s, Oscar had several physical advantages over John: an inch in height and 5 inches in reach. In a fight that many consider to have defined his career, Chris won slim figure (split decision) in a 12-round match to come out as the featherweight champion of the world.
Chris John vs. Derrick Gainer 
In 2005, John split with trainer Sutan Rambing prior to Derrick Gainer Fight. Preparing for this bout Chris joined Harry's Gym in Perth, Australia, where he is currently trained and managed by Craig Christian.
Five months after the fight with Oscar, Chris went on to defend his WBA title to former champion Derrick Gainer. Heading to the bout, Derrick was favourite to take the title he lost 2 years ago to Lineal Champion Juan Manuel Marquez. A lot was in stake for both fighters heading into the bout. Gainer's status as a featherweight upper echelon was in jeopardy and Chris was out there to prove that his previous win was not a fluke.
Despite scoring a first round knockdown, Derrick Gainer's attempt to once again win a world featherweight title failed at the Britama Arena Sport Hall in Jakarta, Indonesia. Derrick was outclassed in this fight largely due to Chris’s counterpunch style, which he managed to effectively utilize against Derrick Style. Chris won the match decisively by 12 round unanimous decision(118-109, 118-111, and 118-110).
Chris John vs. Juan Manuel Marquez 
Chris controlled the fight by his hard jabs and counter punching skills. The Dragon was boxing smartly; jabbing and double jabbing, staying away from the power of Marquez. The corner of Marquez implored him to “get going, work, work,” but he was unable to slow John down.The undefeated fighter came out on top winning through unanimous decision(116-112, 116-110 and 117-111.)This was rank first in the greatest upset of 2006. The loss led to the Ring Magazine's removal of Márquez from its pound-for-pound top 10 list and John's first every entry into the list. The decision was not received nicely by Marquez camp and accused Chris John of bribing the judges. However, most boxing analyst scored this fight in favor of Chris John. Marquez and his team have always disputed the (2006) decision, even though all three judges gave it to Chris.
In 2012, following Marquez's upset win over Pacquiao, Chris John called him out for a second bout to be staged in Singapore or Macau in a neutral ground. "I am a much better boxer than him (Marquez) and I have more speed and skill," said John. "I will fight Marquez at any weight because it is a big money fight," John,told the Straits Times. Australian promoter Angelo Hyder said he would propose a fight at lightweight, meaning the Mexican would have to shed weight and John would have to gain about four kilograms (nine pounds). . The bout never came to fruition as Marquez camp did not want to have a second bout with the Undefeated Champion.
Chris John vs. Hiroyuki Enoki 
Prior to this bout, both fighters were undefeated. Chris stands at 41-0 and Enoki was coming in at 27-0. This was Hiroyuki Enoki first shot at a world title. A lot of hype was build up coming into the fight due to the history of world war two as Indonesia was a colony of Japan.
This fight was staged in a sold out korakuen hall in Tokyo, Japan. John took control from the outset and won unanimously by scores of 118-110, 118-110 and 117-111. This marked Chris 10th milestone world title defense fight.
Chris John vs. Rocky Juarez 
Following Enoki Fight, Chris called out Perennial contender Rocky Juarez. In an interview with Secondsout, John said, “I want all boxing fans to be able to see me in the ring. I just want to fight the best fighters in the world and by going to the United States, I can fight the best. I watched Rocky Juarez’ last fight with Jorge Barrios. Juarez would be a good fight for me. I am ready for him and anyone else at featherweight or super featherweight.
On February 28, 2009, the title fight materialize with Rocky Juarez in Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, which served as the main undercard for the Marquez-Diaz lightweight title bout. This was the first time he had fought on American soil. Rocky had a home advantage but never carried the momentum into the fight as John took control straight from the first round.John outpunched and outlanded Juarez in this bout but came out in a seemingly controversial draw. HBO's Harold Lederman and Max Kellerman both had the fight scored 8 rounds to 4 for Chris John.
Chris John vs. Rocky Juarez 2 
The long awaited rematch between Juarez was staged in MGM Grand arena in Las Vegas. This was the second time the two featherweight clashed in just 7 months.John entered as the # 1 featherweight in the world according to The Ring Magazine. Juarez, a 2.1-1 underdog, came in as the # 4 featherweight. The bout, originally scheduled for June 27, was delayed due to a blood issue with Chris John. John had been reportedly feeling ill and fainted in training following a three-round sparring session. Tests two weeks later, however, showed no irregularities.
In this rematch, the fight was very one sided. Rocky Juarez was outclassed by the Indonesian and the champion retained his WBA title via a very clear 119-109, 117-111, 114-113, 12 round unanimous decision. 
John vs. Yordan 
Fellow Indonesian and current IBO Featherweight champion Daud Yordan was next in line to fight the undefeated super undisputed featherweight champion.The event was held in Jakarta International Expo, Kemayoran Central Jakarta. on 17 April 2011.
Chris John won a unanimous decision over his challenger by scores of 117-112, 116-112, and 116-112.
John vs. Kimura 
John defended his title for the 16th time on May 5, 2012, by defeating Japanese Shoji Kimura by unanimous decision. This marked his first win in Singapore and first out of his five fights contract in Marina Bay Sands.
John vs. Piriyapinyo 
Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo was the second undefeated fighter to challenge John's featherweight title. This served as his second bout in Marina Bay Sands. Billed as the "Battle of the Undefeated'. Coming into the fight, the thai fighter was ranked 6th in the featherweight division.
Chris John successfully defended his WBA featherweight title for the 17th time on Friday in Singapore, as the Indonesian Pride beat Thailand's Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo on unanimous decision scores of 117-111, 119-109, and 119-109. Teddy Atlas of ESPN described Chris as a force of nature, a fighter for the history books. In an interview Teddy said:"He is 33 and still dominating fighters who come in at 44-0. I am honored to call his fight, and I send him my warmest regards for his outstanding performance."
John vs. Hosono 
Satoshi Hosono, rated 7th by WBA in the featherweight division, became John's 6th challenger from Japan. Fighting on Aprl 14, 2013 at the Indoor Tennis Stadium, Jakarta, Indonesia, John suffered severe bleedings from his temple and forehead due to the headbutt happened in round 3 of 12. The fight was declared as a technical draw, and John retained his title for the 18th time.
- 2005–present: Craig Christian
- 1997 - 2004: Sutan Rambing
- 1984 - 1997: Johan Tjahjadi (John's father), since 5 years old
Professional boxing record 
|48 Wins (22 knockouts, 26 decisions), 0 Losses, 3 Draws|
|draw||Satoshi Hosono||TD||3 (12)||2013-04-14||Indoor Tennis Stadium, Jakarta, Indonesia||Retained WBA (Super) featherweight title|
|Win||Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo||UD||12 (12)||2012-11-09||Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, Singapore||Retained WBA (Super) featherweight title|
|Win||Shoji Kimura||UD||12 (12)||2012-05-05||Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, Singapore||Retained WBA (Super) featherweight title|
|Win||Stanyslav Merdov||UD||12 (12)||2011-11-30||Challenge Stadium, Mt Claremont, Western Australia, Australia||Retained WBA (Super) featherweight title|
|Win||Daud Yordan||UD||12 (12)||2011-04-17||Jakarta International Expo, Jakarta, Indonesia||Retained WBA (Super) featherweight title|
|Win||Fernando David Saucedo||UD||12 (12)||2010-12-05||Indoor Tennis Stadium, Jakarta, Indonesia||Retained WBA (Super) featherweight title|
|Win||Rocky Juarez||UD||12 (12)||2009-09-19||MGM Grand Resort and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Retained WBA (Super) featherweight title|
|Draw||Rocky Juarez||PTS||12 (12)||2009-02-28||Toyota Center, Houston, Texas, United States||Retained WBA featherweight title|
|Win||Hiroyuki Enoki||UD||12 (12)||2008-10-24||Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan||Retained WBA featherweight title|
|Win||Roinet Caballero||TKO||7 (12)||2008-01-26||Bung Karno Stadium, Jakarta, Indonesia||Retained WBA featherweight title|
|Win||Zaiki Takemoto||TKO||9 (12)||2007-08-19||Kobe Fashion Mart, Kobe, Japan||Retained WBA featherweight title|
|Win||Jose Rojas||UD||12 (12)||2007-03-03||Bung Karno Stadium, Jakarta, Indonesia||Retained WBA featherweight title|
|Win||Renan Acosta||UD||12 (12)||2006-09-09||Soemantri Brodjonegoro Stadium, Jakarta, Indonesia||Retained WBA featherweight title|
|Win||Juan Manuel Marquez||UD||12 (12)||2006-03-04||Tenggarong, Kutai Kartanegara, Indonesia||Retained WBA featherweight title|
|Win||Tommy Browne||TKO||10 (12)||2005-08-07||Penrith, New South Wales, Australia||Retained WBA featherweight title|
|Win||Derrick Gainer||UD||12 (12)||2005-04-22||The BritAma Arena, Jakarta, Indonesia||Retained WBA featherweight title|
|Draw||Jose Rojas||TD||4 (12)||2004-12-03||Tenggarong, Kutai Kartanegara, Indonesia||Retained WBA featherweight title|
|Win||Osamu Sato||UD||12 (12)||2004-06-04||Ariake Coliseum, Tokyo, Japan||Retained WBA featherweight title|
|Win||Oscar León||SD||12 (12)||2003-09-26||Bali, Indonesia||Won WBA featherweight title|
|Win||Dae-Kyung Park||TKO||1 (12)||2003-07-03||Indosiar Studio, Jakarta, Indonesia||Retained PABA Featherweight Title|
|Win||Mahasamut Kiatpakpanung||KO||3 (12)||2003-03-29||Kendal, Jawa Tengah, Indonesia|
|Win||Dante Paulino||TKO||8 (12)||2003-01-10||Jakarta, Indonesia||Retained PABA Featherweight Title|
|Win||Ratanachai Singwancha||UD||10 (10)||2002-11-01||Semarang, Indonesia|
|Win||Sprinkaan Khongoane||UD||10 (10)||2002-08-23||Indosiar Studio, Jakarta, Indonesia|
|Win||Dong Kook Lee||KO||1 (12)||2002-06-28||Jakarta, Indonesia||Retained PABA Featherweight Title|
|Win||Petcharoon Wor Surapol||TKO||5 (12)||2002-03-29||Bandung, Indonesia||Retained PABA Featherweight Title|
|Win||Kongthawat Sorkitti||TKO||8 (12)||2002-01-11||Bandung, Indonesia||Retained PABA Featherweight Title|
|Win||Soleh Sundava||TKO||7 (12)||2001-11-09||Surabaya, Indonesia||PABA Featherweight Title|
|Win||Kongthawat Sorkitti||PTS||10 (10)||2001-07-27||Karawang, Indonesia|
|Win||Fernando Montilla||TKO||7 (10)||2001-04-04||Indosiar Studio, Jakarta, Indonesia|
|Win||Leed Shabu||KO||3 (12)||2001-03-29||Bogor, Indonesia|
|Win||Vichit Chuwanata||PTS||10 (10)||2000-12-22||Jakarta, Indonesia|
|Win||Uygun Siddikov||KO||6 (10)||2000-09-29||Jakarta, Indonesia|
|Win||Baby Lorona Jr||PTS||10 (10)||2000-08-24||Jakarta, Indonesia|
|Win||Khongsuriya Sitkanongsak||KO||9 (10)||2000-05-26||Jakarta, Indonesia|
|Win||Moses Seran||KO||3 (12)||2000-05-05||Jakarta, Indonesia|
Personal life 
Chris John is married to Anna Maria Megawati, a former wushu athlete, in 2005, and has been blessed with two daughters. named Maria and Maria Rosa Luna Ferisha Christiani. Besides boxing athlete, Chris John also was known as a national wushu athlete. Due to his growing popularity in Indonesia and Australia, Chris is endorsed by various Products. He is the face of Extra Joss and Kuku Bima Ener-G (Energy drinks) as well as the Fire power, an additive for vehicle, a firm in Australia.
In addition to being a professional boxer, Chris John is also a member of national wushu team. His successful achievements as a wushu athlete include:
- Bronze Medalist, South East Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2001
- Gold Medalist, South East Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, 1997
- Gold Medalist, Indonesian multi events games (National Olympic), Jakarta, 1996
- Gold Medalist, Indonesian wushu championship
See also 
- "Biography Chris John - boxer Indonesia". March 3, 2012.
- "Chris John out to prove himself in Gainer bout". March 3, 2012.
- "John off the canvas to beat Gainer". March 3, 2012.
- "Chris vs John 2006". December 10, 2012.
- "Chris John eyes Juan Manuel Márquez showdown after Pacquiao knockout". December 10, 2012.
- "John scores unanimous decision over Enoki to keep title". October 24, 2008.
- "Chris John Faces Enoki Friday night; Rocky Juarez Next?". October 24, 2008.
- "Chris John and Rocky Juarez Fight to a Draw in Houston". March 1, 2009.
- "Chris John vs. Rocky Juarez (2nd meeting)". September 19, 2009.
- "Chris John beats Daud Yordan to retain title". The Jakarta Post. 18 April 2011.
- "John retains featherweight title with win over Kimura". May 6, 2012.
- "Chris John retains title against Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo, Daud Yordan wins on undercard". November 10, 2012. Retrieved December 6, 2012.
- "Champion Chris is looking ahead to unification fight". November 10, 2012. Retrieved December 6, 2012.
- – BoxRec.com
- "Chris John Sabet Penghargaan 'WBA Fighter of Decade'". March 3, 2012.
|New title||WBA Featherweight Interim Champion
September 26, 2003 – November 1, 2003
Title next held byYuriorkis Gamboa
|WBA Featherweight Champion
November 1, 2003 – June 27, 2009
Regular title until August 22, 2005
Interim champ promoted to regular
Title last held byJuan Manuel Márquez
|WBA Featherweight Super Champion
June 27, 2009 – July 14, 2010
Title next held byYuriorkis Gamboa
as Unified champion
|New title||WBA Featherweight Super Champion
Super Champion in Recess
July 14, 2010 – December 5, 2010
|N/A||WBA Featherweight Champion
December 5, 2010 – present