PAPUADAILY –Former featherweight world champion Chris John hopes that the XX Papua National Sports Week (PON) can give birth to his successor in boxing. Because until now there has been no Indonesian featherweight boxer who has become a world champion.
“My expectation is the PON will come from the boxing branch, where good athletes look good and in the future they will be successful in international ‘events’,” said Chris John when met at the Media Center PON cluster in Jayapura district, Sentani, Jayapura, Saturday (25/9/2021).
Deputy IV of the General Chair of Foreign Cooperation, Media and Public Relations, Central KONI also said that the XX Papua PON is also a place for amateur boxers to gain experience before continuing to professional.
“I think that if a boxer has good amateur experience when he’s professional he should be a better boxer,” said Chris John.
Commonly, Chris John advised athletes who will compete in PON XX Papua to stay focused, continue to follow the coach’s advice and do their job as athletes as well as possible.
“Of course when the game can show its best performance,” said Chris John.
The former WBA featherweight boxing world champion said that several sports can give birth to world athletes, including badminton, weightlifting, athletics and swimming.
Overall, PON Papua will hold a total of 37 sports, 56 sports disciplines and 679 competition numbers with a total of 6,496 athletes and around 3,300 officials.
Having experienced a year delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic, PON XX Papua will be held on October 2-15. All sports are spread across four clusters, namely Jayapura City, Jayapura Regency, Mimika Regency, and Merauke Regency.
Boxing will be competed at the APO Cendrawasih Sports Center, Jayapura City, on October 3-5, 2021.
For information, Yohannes Christian John, or better known as Chris John, is a former Indonesian boxer.
He set a record as the first featherweight world champion from Indonesia, set a record as the second longest-serving boxer to become a featherweight world champion of all time, and set a record for being ranked second in the list of boxers who most often defended the featherweight world title of all time.
He is listed as the fifth Indonesian boxer to win the world title, after Ellyas Pical, Nico Thomas, Ajib Albarado and Suwito Lagola.***