The long reigning champion, who sports an exceptional record of 48-0-3 (22), will return to Australia for his third fight "down under". His opponent with be South African Simpiwe "V12" Vetyeka, a man best known to Asian fans for his victory over John's compatriot Daud Cino Yordan.
Although Vetyeka's record of 25-2 (15) has got two losses on it, he is widely regarded as a genuinely quality fighter. In fact his two most notable bouts, which both came against Asian fights, saw him showing world class ability as he defeated Yordan and pushed Hozumi Hasegawa very close in Japan.
The bout, scheduled for December 6th is to be fought in Perth, Australia and will of course be shown by RCTI (who do stream internationally). Interestingly this will be the first fight for either man since they shared a card in April. A show in which Vetyeka beat Yordan and John had a 3 round technical draw with hard hitting Japanese fighter Satoshi Hosono.