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Boxing: Ex-world champ John retires after defeat

Indonesian boxing star Chris John said Friday he was retiring two weeks after being dethroned as the world featherweight champion in his first ever loss in an astonishing career. Known as "The Dragon", John won the World Boxing Association featherweight champion crown in 2003 and successfully defended it 18 times. But the 34-year-old finally lost the title to South African boxer Simpiwe Vetyeka in a December 6 bout in Perth, Western Australia, throwing in the towel after six rounds.

Boxing: Indonesian legend wants to train future champions

World featherweight champion Chris John learnt to box using tatty old gloves in an abandoned football field in rural Indonesia, pushed on by his father who was determined to make him a winner. "My father was very domineering. He would hit me with a book, slap me, and make me do push-ups if I came home late from playing with friends. I had to accept every punishment without resistance," John recalled. "I hated boxing at first, but it somehow grew on me."

Boxing: Japan's Hosono to challenge champion John

Japan's Satoshi Hosono will challenge unbeaten World Boxing Association (WBA) featherweight champion Chris John of Indonesia next month, his gym announced on Friday, his third attempt at the title. The bout will take place in Jakarta on April 14. "I've never expected to have the chance of challenging for the world title for a third time. I'm determined to win the title this time," said Hosono, 29. Hosono, ranked sixth in the WBA, has 23 wins, including 17 KOs against two defeats, while John has 48 wins, including 22 KOs and two draws. hf/hg/jms
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