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Boxing | International

Unbeaten John challenges Marquez



Unbeaten Indonesian Chris John is hoping to lure Juan Manuel Marquez to Singapore for a big-money rematch.

John beat Marquez on points in Indonesia in 2006; a decision that was disputed by the Mexican's team.

Now John hopes that Marquez, who knocked out Manny Pacquiao on Saturday, will be tempted to settle another Asian score.

"I will fight Marquez at any weight because it is a big-money fight," said John, who is undefeated in 50 fights and has been the WBA featherweight champion since 2003.

"I hope they can bring him to Singapore because it is the best venue I have ever fought in," he said. “I am a much better boxer than Marquez and I have more speed and skill.

"He is a massive puncher and knocked Pacquiao clean out with one punch. It is my job to make sure I do not get hit with the same punch. I want the fight and will win again."

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 4 kg.

"Marquez and his team have always disputed the 2006 decision, even though all three judges gave it to Chris. Boxing in a neutral place like Singapore could help make the fight happen," Hyder said on Monday.

"We will approach them and try and get the fight because this is unfinished business."

Marquez knocked out Pacquiao in the sixth round of their non-title welterweight bout in Las Vegas to record his first victory in four meetings with the Filipino.



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