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Chris John retires with 48-1-3 mark

Updated: December 20, 2013, 11:13 PM ET
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com

Chris John, who held a featherweight world title for nine years and made 18 successful defenses, announced his retirement Thursday in a ceremony carried on national television in Indonesia, where he is an icon and the nation's most famous athlete.

The 34-year-old John (48-1-3, 22 KOs) had hoped to reach 50-0-3 and retire undefeated. However, on Dec. 6 in Perth, Australia, Simpiwe Vetyeka of South Africa scored a major upset. John, known as "The Dragon," got knocked down and eventually retired ...

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