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Boxing | International

WBA champ to make 17th defence



Chris John will defend his WBA super-featherweight title in Singapore on November 9. The champion will face Thailand's Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo.

The undefeated John heads a card to be presented at the Marina Bay Sands resort. On the same bill, his Indonesian compatriot Daud Yordan will defend his IBO featherweight title against Choi Tseveenpurev of Mongolia.

It is the second fight in Singapore for John, whose professional record stands at 47 wins 2 draws and 22 knockouts.

He retained his title when he defeated Japanese challenger Shoji Kimura on points in May.

John, 33, who was voted WBA fighter of the decade earlier this month, will be making his 17th title defence.

Mexican Orlando Salido is one place above John on the Ring Magazine's rankings, with undefeated American Mikey Garcia third and another Mexican, Daniel Ponce De Leon, fourth.

Salido, who holds the WBO title, stopped Moises Gutierrez in the third round in July. WBC champion De Leon beat Jhonny Gonzalez in Las Vegas last month.

Chonlatarn boasts an impressive-looking record of 44-0, including 27 knockouts. But he has not boxed outside Thailand and has fought few rated opponents.

But the 27-year-old does boast two victories over compatriot and former bantamweight world champion Yoddamrong Sithyodthong.

Yordan (29-2; 23) will face a far more experienced opponent. Tseveenpurev, who is based in England and has a record of 36-5; 24, is a former “world” champion.

The 25-year-old Yordan will make the first defence of the title he won on the undercard of John's fight in Singapore in May when he was knocked down in the first round before stopping Lorenzo Villanueva in the second.



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