Name: Chris John
Alias: The Dragon
Birth Name: Yohannes Christian John
Birthplace: Jakarta, Indonesia
Hometown: Semarang, Indonesia
Height: 5′ 6½″ / 169cm
Reach: 69″ / 175cm
Boxing Record: click
WBA Featherweight Champion (2003-present)
Besides professional boxing, Chris John is also a member of national wu-shu team (wu-shu is a Chinese martial arts, similar to kungfu), often representing Indonesia in some multi-event games, like the South East Asian Games or Asian Games. His best achievements as a wu-shu athlete:
- Gold Medalist, South East Asian Games in Jakarta, 1997
- Bronze Medalist, South East Asian Games in Malaysia, 2001
- Gold Medalist, Indonesian multi events games (National Olympic), Jakarta
- Gold Medalist, Indonesian wu-shu championship
John started learning boxing since his early childhood (six-years-old), and was trained by his father Johan Cahyadi, a former amateur boxer. John is the third Indonesian to win a boxing world title, following Ellyas Pical (3 times IBF Junior Bantamweight Champion, 1985-1989), and Nico Thomas (IBF Strawweight Champion, 1989). Before turning professional in 1997, John was an amateur boxer with a few local bouts since 1995 when he was only 15 years old for a local championship in his hometown of Banjarnegara. He then moved to Semarang, where he was handled by trainer and manager Sutan Rambing--a well-known trainer in Indonesia and ex-amateur and professional fighter of the 1970s.
John got the nickname "Indonesian Thin Man" as a tribute to the Nicaraguan lightweight legend, the "Explosive Thin Man"--Alexis Arguello.
John split with Sutan Rambing in early 2005, then joined Harry's Gym in Perth, Australia, where he is currently trained and managed by Craig Christian.