2009-02-28 Chris John drew 12 Rocky Juarez, Toyota Centre, Houston, Texas, USA - WBA

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2009-02-28 Chris John drew 12 Rocky Juarez, Toyota Centre, Houston, Texas, USA - WBA. Referee: Laurence Cole. Scorecards: 114-114, 114-114, 114-114.

On 17 April at Buffalo Bill’s Star Arena, Primm, Nevada, Yuriorkis Gamboa stopped Jose Rojas inside ten rounds to win the vacant WBA ‘interim’ title.

At the WBA convention on 2 May, John was elevated to ‘super’ champion on the basis of ten successful defences, and at the same time Gamboa was upgraded to ‘second tier’ champion.