Chris John loses unbeaten run in 52nd fight, Simpiwe Vetyeka takes WBA belt

Hilmar Rojas 06/12/2013

Simpiwe Vetyeka surprised Chris John on Friday and ended his long-standing reign of almost a decade.

During the fight in Australia, Vetyeka put an end to the longest champion status currently held in boxing, leaving Indonesian John, without his World Boxing Association featherweight title and contemplating his first loss in 52 fights.

Vetyeka took the fight to the more experienced opponent, who had serious problems in the fifth round and touched the canvas in the sixth. This made ??John decide not to go to the seventh assault and prefer to pull out of the fight ending his impecable record.

The newest WBA title holder Vetyeka now has a record of 27-2, 15 KOs, and dedicated his victory to the recently deceased Nobel Peace Prize winner and former South African president Nelson Mandela.