Yohannes Christian John
Chris John was not always known as the “The Dragon” of Indonesia. Born in Semarang, Indonesia on September 14, 1979, he used to be known through many fans as “The Indonesian Thin Man”. The former nickname came about because people wanted to name him after the Nicaraguan legendary boxer called “The Explosive Thin Man”. Now, aside from being called the “Dragon”, Chris John is known as the current WBA Featherweight Champion.
Chris John, though an exceptional boxer, is also talented in the arts of wushu (a Chinese art much like Kungfu). In fact, aside from representing Indonesia as a world-renowned boxer, he also represents Indonesia in varied wushu events. He has even participated in the South East Asian Games as Indonesia’s wushu fighter. His accomplishments in wushu are just as impressive as his boxing record. In 1996, he won the gold medal during Indonesia’s National Olympic. In the 1997 South East Asian Games, Chris John won the gold medal again and in 2001 Chris won the bronze medal in the SEA Games held in KL, Malaysia.
As a boxer, Chris John’s talents can be attributed to his early start in the sport. While only six years of age, Chris John was already learning about boxing. He was trained by none other than Johan Tjahjadi, a former amateur boxer in Indonesia. His early start coupled with pure talent has made Indonesia known to the world of boxing. Chris John became the third Indonesian boxer to in a world title match. He succeeded the first two Indonesians to have acquired such an accomplishment including Ellyas Pical and Nico Thomas. Chris John turned professional in 1997 after having a few boxing bouts as an amateur player. He was managed and trained by Sutan Rambing when he debuted in the world of professional boxing.
Now, he is currently associated with Harry’s Gym in Australia and is currently under the management of trainer Craig Christian. Chris John has an impressive record of 41 wins with 22 knockouts, zero losses and 1 draw.