The Indonesian icon may have been a man who split opinion around the world but there are some fact simply cannot be denied about John who will clearly be missed by boxing fans in Indonesia, Australia and Singapore, the 3 countries where he has been fighting in recent years.
John is the greatest ever Indonesian boxer. One of only 4 world champions that the country have ever developed he's a man likely to walk in to the hall of fame in the next 10 years or so and a man who history is likely to be nice to than many current fans are. If you're from the US or from Europe you probably view John as a stay at home champion defending against B rate challengers and avoiding any sort of tests. On the other hand he's a fighter who has been a national hero, one of the longest reigning champions in history and a man who has carved out a legacy at just 1 weight rather than jumping up and down the divisions.
With a record of 48-1-3 (22) John does have an incredible record to retire with and despite losing his most recent fight to Simpiwe Vetyeka his legacy is well set.
Whilst some will suggest that the loss to Vetyeka was John being exposed the 34 year old isn't the fighter he once was and he was no longer able to perform to his best. With this in mind his retirement was the right one and hopefully a new generation of Indonesian fighters will emerge in his absence.
Although John hasn't confirmed that he retirement is permanent it would seem unlikely for him to ever return to the world level and we would like to wish him the best in the future with his family.
In early 2014 we are hoping to have one of our writers look over John's great career and bringing some of his highlight fights to the attention of fight fans who will hopefully respect what John has done as a result.