The boxing world turns to Indonesia today as fight fans tune in to see long reigning champion Chris John (48-0-2, 22) defend his WBA Featherweight title against highly rated Japanese challenger Satoshi Hosono (23-2, 17). This card not only features John but also the best of the rest from Indonesia including the excellent Daud Cino Yordan (30-2-0-1, 23), Rasmanudin (16-3-2, 8), Yohannes Yordan (12-2-2, 2) and Heri Amol (31-11-4, 13) in what promises to be an excellent card.
Whilst opponents for Amol, Yohannes Yordan, Rasmanudin and Sahlan Coral (8-2, 3) are all yet to be named it's fair to say that they aren't going to be the fighters than fans are going to be the fighters that fight fans are tuning in for.
The main event is of course the big draw but for some the co-feature is actually the more interesting bout as Daud Cino Yordan defends his IBO Featherweight title against South African Simpiwe Vetyeka (24-2, 14). Although Vetyeka is relatively unknown outside of his native South Africa he has actually fought in Asia before where he faced Hozumi Hasegawa in a WBC Bantamweight title bout back in 2007. For those who do remember Vetyeka v Hasegawa they may recall just how hard the South African pushed the Japanese fighter.
Yordan, a former world title challenger is on a 3 fight winning run since losing to Chris John around 2 years ago. Since his loss to John, Yordan has strung together 3 good wins with stoppages over Mexican Frankie Archuleta, Filipino Lorenzo Villanueva and a decision over British based Mongolian Choi Tseveenpurev.
Whilst Yordan will be the favourite as a result of both his home advantage and his natural size advantage the 32 year old South African will look to add the IBO Featherweight title the Bantamweight title he held back in 2009. This could be the show stealer.
The main event of the evening should be a good bout with Chris John looking for yet another successful defense. Although John is viewed as a clear favourite he is heading to his 34th birthday and has had a very long career, not just in terms of bouts (this will be his 51st) but also in terms of rounds with 407 already under hit belt. As skilled as he is those rounds will all take something out of a fighter.
The hard hitting challenger has had an impressive career having held both the OPBF and Japanese Featherweight titles. Whilst Hosono has been unsuccessful in 2 previous world title attempts he did come up against very highly ranked opponents with Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym (who Hosono ran very close) and Celestino Caballero both managing to out point him.
The challenger will be hoping to make it 3rd time lucky though interestingly this will be his first bout outside of his homeland, a factor that may play against him especially considering he is fighting a future hall of famer. This could be a great bout if John is showing even a sign of slow down, if not Hosono may be made to look a little bit slow paced in what could be a slight disappointment considering the co-feature.