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Bali's Lord of the Ring

WBA Featherweight Champion Chris John to Fight Fernando David Saucedo in Bali on May 22, 2010.

(4/10/2010) World Boxing Association (WBA) featherweight champion Chris John will fight with a homeboy advantage when he steps into the ring in Bali to fight Argentinean Fernando David Saucedo on Kuta Beach of May 22, 2010.

Indonesian fight promoter Zaenal Thayeb is hoping to draw a large crowd with a large contingent of VVIP ticket holders needed to cover the cost of promoting an international standard boxing match in Indonesia.

Thayeb told the Bali Post that 70% of the necessary preparations are in hand. Fernando David Saucedo will be paid US$35,000 with Chris Johns receiving a purse far below what he was recently paid for his recent title defence in the United States.

The main event is scheduled to go for 12 rounds.

29-year-old Saucedo is currently ranked number 15 in the featherweight division of the WBA. Known by his fighting alias of "El Vasco," the Argentinean has fought 45 times, won 38 fights, suffered 4 defeats and fought to a tie 3 times. Among his 38 wins, only 4 bouts ended in a knockout.

Indonesian world champ and fighting sensation Chris Johns has yet to suffer a loss in his 45 bouts, fighting to draw on only two occasions. From among Johns' 43 wins, 22 ended with the Indonesian fighter knocking out his opponents.

The venue for the fight will be the Discovery Mall in South Kuta.