It was bound to happen, but it's been bound to happen for a long time. It finally happened. Chris John's undefeated record is no more and his decade-long reign as WBA featherweight titleholder came to an end today in Perth, where he retired from the fight after six rounds against South Africa's Simpiwe Vetyeka.
John (48-1-3, 22 KO) just didn't look himself out there today, fighting clumsily in the early going, which is very much unlike his normal approach. John seemed a little overly focused on power shots, which got him into trouble, something else that is just totally uncharacteristic of the normal Chris John performance.
Everything comes to an end, though, and today was the end of Chris John's undefeated run.
Vetyeka (26-2, 16 KO) is the scourge of Indonesian boxing now, after stopping Daud Yordan earlier this year, and now shocking the icon of the country's boxing game. It's quite a story from a 32-year-old veteran who lost a fight to a barely above .500 journeyman in 2012.
In the co-feature, Daud Yordan (32-3, 23 KO) successfully defended his IBO lightweight belt against another South African, Sipho Taliwe (21-4-1, 14 KO). It was a very good fight, plenty of action, and included one of the nastiest low blows you'll ever see, when Yordan smashed Taliwe right in the junk in the 11th round. The scores were read as 117-110, 116-111, and 114-113, but no indication of who had what score was given. The result was a split decision for Yordan.