With the title belt in his bag, World Boxing Association featherweight super champion Chris John is setting his sights on something more.
Chris wants to end his fighting career by breaking a record held by Mexico’s Ricardo Lopez, who retired undefeated with 51 victories.
Chris’s current tally is 48 victories, two draws and zero defeats.
“I hope I can achieve the best of my career, which means to clinch the most victories titleholder in the featherweight class without a single loss,” Chris said after a press conference on Tuesday in Jakarta.
“I hope I can meet the target in the near future, considering my age. You all know, I’m not young anymore.”
Just four more victories would see the 33-year-old fighter fulfill his dreams, but Chris knows there will be nothing easy about the road to 52 victories.
“I just need to stick to my commitment as a professional boxer. I have to maintain my physical condition and skills very well because this is a tough sport,” Chris said.
As a part of his journey to reach 52 wins, Chris will take on WBA number six Satoshi Hosono of Japan (23-2-0) to defend his title in his 49th bout. Chris’s promoter Raja Sapta Oktohari has decided to bring the bout to Jakarta on April 14.
“I’m so excited and looking forward to performing in front of home fans again. I hope we will see many supporters coming, including sponsors,” Chris said.
With Hosono on his radar, Chris said he has been undergoing intensive preparation at the Dragon Fire Boxing Camp in Perth with his longtime trainer, Craig Christian.
If he can earn another victory and defend his belt in April, Chris will draw level with the record of the undefeated Rocky Marciano, who also logged 49 wins.
Besides Chris, Dragon Fire Promotions will also bring another world title championship bout that will see the International Boxing Organization featherweight champion Daud Yordan defend his title against Simpiwe Vetyeka of South Africa.
The Indonesian Daud said he did not waste time and got back to the gym to prepare himself right after defending his title against Mongolian Choi Tseveenpurev at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore last November with a unanimous decision win.
“I have been preparing myself for the next bout since January. I will not underestimate my opponent. I just have to continue my intensive training,” Daud said.