This morning at 9:00 am EST from Perth, and televised by RCTI in Indonesia (live stream), Chris John returns again to make the 18th defense of his WBA featherweight title, as he faces South Africa's Simpiwe Vetyeka in the main event. Also in action will be lightweight Daud Yordan of Indonesia, facing another South African in Sipho Taliwe. That fight will be for the lightly-recognized IBO title.
John (48-0-3, 22 KO) is now just two fights away from 50 wins, and the 34-year-old may get there without a loss. He last fought in April of this year, going to a technical draw in three rounds against Satoshi Hosono in Jakarta, which was actually John's only fight in Indonesia since 2011. This will be his second fight in Australia since then, and he also held two bouts in Singapore.
Vetyeka (25-2, 15 KO) is more or less your standard John opponent, a 32-year-old fringe contender who's here on the strength of his TKO-12 win over Yordan on that same April card. But it was just three fights ago in June 2012 that Vetyeka lost an eight-round split decision to Klaas Mboyane, a journeyman domestic fighter in South Africa who promptly lost his next fight and has a career record of 15-10-2. In other words, Vetyeka is no real threat to knock off the longstanding titleholder.
Yordan (31-3, 23 KO) is back in his familiar spot as John's sidekick of sorts. He moved up to 135 pounds in July to beat Daniel Eduardo Brizuela for the vacant IBO title. Taliwe (21-3-1, 14 KO) is basically the same type of challenger that Vetyeka is, but Yordan is not John, so it's a bit more dangerous to the favorite.