6 May 2012

WBA world featherweight title defended for 16th time

9:05 am on 6 May 2012

Unbeaten Indonesian boxer Chris John has defended his WBA world featherweight title for the 16th time with a 12-round defeat of Japanese challenger Shoji Kimura in Singapore.

"The Dragon" rarely looked in danger of relinquishing his eight-year grip on the World Boxing Association crown, despite being briefly put on the back foot in the seventh round by Kimura.

John recovered well and dominated the remaining rounds to emerge with a unanimous 118-109, 118-109 and 117-110 victory.