Chris John (boxer)

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Chris John
Yohannes Christian John.jpg
Real name Yohannes Christian John
Nickname(s) The Dragon
The Indonesian Thin Man
Rated at Featherweight
Height 5 ft 6.5 in (1.69 m)
Reach 65 in (170 cm)
Nationality Indonesian
Born (1979-09-14) September 14, 1979 (age 36)
Banjarnegara, Indonesia
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 52
Wins 48
Wins by KO 22
Losses 1
Draws 3

Yohannes Christian "Chris" John (born September 14, 1979) is an Indonesian former professional boxer. He held the WBA (Super) featherweight title for a decade, with his reign being the second longest in the division's history (after Johnny Kilbane) and his eighteen successful title defenses the second-most at featherweight (after Eusebio Pedroza). John is the fourth Indonesian to win a boxing world title, following Ellyas Pical, Nico Thomas and Muhammad Rachman.

On December 19, 2013, John announced his retirement from boxing, following his only career defeat to Simpiwe Vetyeka.[1]

Early life[edit]

Chris John was born as Yohannes Christian John in Banjarnegara, 14 September 1979, he is the second son of four siblings of Johan Tjahjadi (aka Tjia Foek Sem) and Maria Warsini. Boxing has been a part of John's life since his childhood. 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. 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 became an amateur champion in Banjarnegara.[2]

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 Indonesia. Sutan served as John's trainer till 2004 and soon after parted ways when John won his first major world title.[2]

Professional career[edit]

John turned professional in 1997 and was known as "Thin Man" before he proclaimed his new nickname "The Dragon" that he now uses. In his first professional fight, John won by knockout, beating a local fighter Word Kanda. In his 6th bout, the reputation of Chris John rose 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, his nose was bleeding profusely resulting from a broken nose that occurred in the 1st round.[2]

Chris John vs. Oscar Leon[edit]

Following the win over Dae-Kyun Park, Chris captured the PABA Featherweight title from the. 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 twelve round split-decision.

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. John won by split decision in a 12-round match to win the WBA Featherweight title.[2]

Chris John vs. Derrick Gainer[edit]

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. It was considered to be an important fight for both men.[3]

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. John won the match decisively by 12 round unanimous decision(118-109, 118-111, and 118-110).[4]

Chris John vs. Juan Manuel Marquez[edit]

In the year of 2006,Quadruple Champion Juan Manuel Márquez challenged Chris for his WBA featherweight Championship. Coming into the bout, Marquez fought to a draw against Manny Pacquiao.

John won by Unanimous Decision over 12 rounds. Marquez and his team disputed the decision, although all three judges scored in favour of John.

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). .[5] The bout never came to fruition.

Chris John vs. Hiroyuki Enoki[edit]

Prior to this bout, both fighters were undefeated, John standing at 41-0 and Enoki at 27-0. This was Hiroyuki Enoki first shot at a world title. A lot of hype was built 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 John's 10th world title defense.[6]

Chris John vs. Rocky Juarez[edit]

Following Enoki Fight, Chris called out Perennial contender Rocky Juarez.[7] 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. The fight was scored a draw after 12 competitive rounds.

Chris John vs. Rocky Juarez 2[edit]

The long awaited rematch between Chris John and Rocky 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.

The rematch, the fight was one sided with John retaining his WBA title via 119-109, 117-111, 114-113, 12 round unanimous decision. [8]

John vs. Yordan[edit]

Fellow Indonesian and current IBO Featherweight champion Daud Yordan was next in line to fight John.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.[9]

John vs. Kimura[edit]

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.[10]

John vs. Piriyapinyo[edit]

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.[11]"

In the Post fight interview,Chris John called out fellow champions Daniel Ponce de León, Billy Dib and Orlando Salido from other associations for a unification bout for the featherweight belt.[12]

John vs. Hosono[edit]

Satoshi Hosono, rated 7th by WBA in the featherweight division, became John's 6th challenger from Japan. Fighting on April 14, 2013 at the Indoor Tennis Stadium, Jakarta, Indonesia, John suffered severe bleeding from his temple and forehead due to the headbutt which happened in round 3 of 12. The fight was declared as a technical draw, and John retained his title for the 18th time.

John vs. Vetyeka[edit]

John lost the WBA Super World featherweight title to Simpiwe Vetyeka on December 6, 2013, when John retired on his stool after the sixth of twelve rounds. Vetyeka's IBO featherweight title was also on the line. It was John's first professional loss and brought his ten-year WBA title reign to an end. After this loss, John decided to retire from boxing. Now he runs his personal business with his wife, becomes a TV commercial star, motivator, and sometimes appears on TV shows.


  • 2005–present: Craig Christian
  • 1997 - 2004: Sutan Rambing
  • 1984 - 1997: Johan Tjahjadi (John's father), since 5 years old

Professional boxing record[edit]

48 Wins (22 knockouts, 26 decisions), 1 Loss, 3 Draws[13]
Res. Opponent Type Rd Date Location Notes
Loss South Africa Simpiwe Vetyeka TKO 6 (12) 2013-12-06 Australia Metro City, Perth, Australia Lost WBA (Super) featherweight title
For IBO featherweight title
Draw Japan Satoshi Hosono TD 3 (12) 2013-04-14 Indonesia Indoor Tennis Stadium, Jakarta, Indonesia Retained WBA (Super) featherweight title
Win Thailand Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo UD 12 (12) 2012-11-09 Singapore Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, Singapore Retained WBA (Super) featherweight title
Win Japan Shoji Kimura UD 12 (12) 2012-05-05 Singapore Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, Singapore Retained WBA (Super) featherweight title
Win Ukraine Stanyslav Merdov UD 12 (12) 2011-11-30 Australia Challenge Stadium, Mt Claremont, Western Australia, Australia Retained WBA (Super) featherweight title
Win Indonesia Daud Yordan UD 12 (12) 2011-04-17 Indonesia Jakarta International Expo, Jakarta, Indonesia Retained WBA (Super) featherweight title
Win Argentina Fernando David Saucedo UD 12 (12) 2010-12-05 Indonesia Indoor Tennis Stadium, Jakarta, Indonesia Retained WBA (Super) featherweight title
Win United States Rocky Juarez UD 12 (12) 2009-09-19 United States MGM Grand Resort and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Retained WBA (Super) featherweight title
Draw United States Rocky Juarez PTS 12 (12) 2009-02-28 United States Toyota Center, Houston, Texas, United States Retained WBA featherweight title
Win Japan Hiroyuki Enoki UD 12 (12) 2008-10-24 Japan Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan Retained WBA featherweight title
Win Panama Roinet Caballero TKO 7 (12) 2008-01-26 Indonesia Bung Karno Stadium, Jakarta, Indonesia Retained WBA featherweight title
Win Japan Zaiki Takemoto TKO 9 (12) 2007-08-19 Japan Kobe Fashion Mart, Kobe, Japan Retained WBA featherweight title
Win Venezuela Jose Rojas UD 12 (12) 2007-03-03 Indonesia Bung Karno Stadium, Jakarta, Indonesia Retained WBA featherweight title
Win Panama Renan Acosta UD 12 (12) 2006-09-09 Indonesia Soemantri Brodjonegoro Stadium, Jakarta, Indonesia Retained WBA featherweight title
Win Mexico Juan Manuel Marquez UD 12 (12) 2006-03-04 Indonesia Tenggarong, Kutai Kartanegara, Indonesia Retained WBA featherweight title
Win Australia Tommy Browne TKO 10 (12) 2005-08-07 Australia Penrith, New South Wales, Australia Retained WBA featherweight title
Win United States Derrick Gainer UD 12 (12) 2005-04-22 Indonesia The BritAma Arena, Jakarta, Indonesia Retained WBA featherweight title
Draw Venezuela Jose Rojas TD 4 (12) 2004-12-03 Indonesia Tenggarong, Kutai Kartanegara, Indonesia Retained WBA featherweight title
Win Japan Osamu Sato UD 12 (12) 2004-06-04 Japan Ariake Coliseum, Tokyo, Japan Retained WBA featherweight title
Win Colombia Oscar León SD 12 (12) 2003-09-26 Indonesia Bali, Indonesia Won WBA featherweight title
Win South Korea Dae-Kyung Park TKO 1 (12) 2003-07-03 Indonesia Indosiar Studio, Jakarta, Indonesia Retained PABA Featherweight Title
Win Thailand Mahasamut Kiatpakpanung KO 3 (12) 2003-03-29 Indonesia Kendal, Jawa Tengah, Indonesia
Win Philippines Dante Paulino TKO 8 (12) 2003-01-10 Indonesia Jakarta, Indonesia Retained PABA Featherweight Title
Win Thailand Ratanachai Singwancha UD 10 (10) 2002-11-01 Indonesia Semarang, Indonesia
Win Thailand Sprinkaan Khongoane UD 10 (10) 2002-08-23 Indonesia Indosiar Studio, Jakarta, Indonesia
Win South Korea Dong Kook Lee KO 1 (12) 2002-06-28 Indonesia Jakarta, Indonesia Retained PABA Featherweight Title
Win Thailand Petcharoon Wor Surapol TKO 5 (12) 2002-03-29 Indonesia Bandung, Indonesia Retained PABA Featherweight Title
Win Thailand Kongthawat Sorkitti TKO 8 (12) 2002-01-11 Indonesia Bandung, Indonesia Retained PABA Featherweight Title
Win Indonesia Soleh Sundava TKO 7 (12) 2001-11-09 Indonesia Surabaya, Indonesia PABA Featherweight Title
Win Thailand Kongthawat Sorkitti PTS 10 (10) 2001-07-27 Indonesia Karawang, Indonesia
Win Philippines Fernando Montilla TKO 7 (10) 2001-04-04 Indonesia Indosiar Studio, Jakarta, Indonesia
Win Indonesia Leed Shabu KO 3 (12) 2001-03-29 Indonesia Bogor, Indonesia
Win Thailand Vichit Chuwanata PTS 10 (10) 2000-12-22 Indonesia Jakarta, Indonesia
Win Uzbekistan Uygun Siddikov KO 6 (10) 2000-09-29 Indonesia Jakarta, Indonesia
Win Philippines Baby Lorona Jr PTS 10 (10) 2000-08-24 Indonesia Jakarta, Indonesia
Win Thailand Khongsuriya Sitkanongsak KO 9 (10) 2000-05-26 Indonesia Jakarta, Indonesia
Win Indonesia Moses Seran KO 3 (12) 2000-05-05 Indonesia Jakarta, Indonesia

Personal life[edit]

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.


Chris was awarded with WBA Fighter of the Decade in Panama City on the 29th of February, 2012. This award was previously held by Roy Jones Jr., the five divisional Champion.[14]

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[edit]


External links[edit]

New title WBA Featherweight Interim Champion
September 26, 2003 – November 1, 2003
Title next held by
Yuriorkis Gamboa
Title last held by
Derrick Gainer
as Champion
WBA Featherweight Champion
November 1, 2003 – June 27, 2009
Regular Title until August 22, 2005
Succeeded by
Yuriorkis Gamboa
Interim Champion promoted

as Regular Champion
Title last held by
Juan Manuel Márquez
WBA Featherweight Super Champion
June 27, 2009 – July 14, 2010
Status changed
Title next held by
Yuriorkis Gamboa
as Unified Champion
New title WBA Featherweight Super Champion
Champion in Recess

July 14, 2010 – December 5, 2010
Status changed
Title last held by
Chris John
WBA Featherweight Super Champion
December 5, 2010 – December 6, 2013
Succeeded by
Simpiwe Vetyeka