Chris John: Dragon Punch vs Shoji Kimura: Hanagata Special

Current undefeated WBA World Featherweight Champion Chris “The Dragon” John (46-0-2, 22 KO’s) faced off with Japan’s Shoji Kimura (24-4-2, 9 KO’s) at today’s presser which was hosted by Legendary Ring Announcer Jimmy Lennon Jr at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.

Chris John, the “WBA Fighter of Decade” will defend his title against Kimura this Saturday night.

Chris John said to look out for the Dragon Punch during the fight which will knock Kimura out.

Kimura on the other hand said he would counter the Dragon Punch and land his new Hanagata Special Punch he has been working with his trainer, Susumo Hanagata on to end the fight and become the new WBA Champion.

Craig Christian, the long time trainer of Chris John said Chris has not only trained hard for the bout against Kimura, but has also enjoyed his training and has been very happy in the gym.

Marina Bay Sands Senior Vice President of Marketing Mark Juliano, after being welcomed to the stage by Lennon Jr, announced this was a Sold Out Event. Juliano is confident the event this Saturday night which will be the Marina Bay Sands first involvement in professional boxing will expand the image of the Marina Bay Sands.

Jimmy Lennon Jr was full of praise for this card and the Marina Bay Sands and said the sport of Boxing could find a long term home in Singapore.

“Absolutely, I don’t see any doubt in that, we have been seeing for years great locations have been taking business away from Las Vegas, all around the world, throughout the United States and certainly it could happen.” said Lennon Jr.

Lennon believes that should Chris John make Singapore his base for future fights, more illustrious opponents are likely to travel east and take him on. “Being in a neutral place can be a real advantage because fighters may not want to go to the hometown of their opponent”

The promoters of this big event, Angelo Hyder and Raja Sapta Oktohari reminded the press that they will continue to do their best to bring the best fights in the world to Singapore.

Starting with this Saturday night, I’m sure it is going to happen” Oktohari said

The IBO World Featherweight Title fight between Daud ‘Cino’ Yordan (28-2, 22 KO’s) and undefeated Filipino Lorenzo ‘Thunderbolt’ Villaneuva (24-0, 23 KO’s) has been touted as a potential fight of the year.

Both Yordan and Villaneuva are expecting a hard and tough fight.

Villanueva, who has trained under Freddy Roach, has knocked out all but one opponent in his 24 fights. “I won’t go looking for the knockout but If happens to come, then great” Villanueva said.

Yordan, who is coming off an impressive 4th round TKO victory over Frankie Archuleta in Australia last November said he knows Villanueva has an impressive record “I know that I can beat him and take the belt on Saturday night” Yordan said.

Also in attendance at the presser was Wang Xin Hua (4-3-1) and Singapore’s own Mohamad Nor Rizan (5-1, 4 KO’s) who arrived later. Xin Hua and Nor Rizan will be on the undercard of the two World Title Fights.

“This Saturday night with two World Titles on the line at the spectacular Marina Bay Sands is a perfect start” Angelo Hyder said.

Photos and story by Brett Bonetti

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