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WBA Rule in Favor of Chris John

Posted on 10/04/2008

The WBA have heard both sides of the John v Asiku controversy presented to them with Allen Kim representing Soeryo Goeritno and Sampson Lewkowicz representing Chris John.

Allen Kim presented a 50 page statement on behalf of Soeryo Goeritno and Torino Tidar of Indonesia which was completely dismissed with 2 simple questions asked by Sampson Lewkowicz directed to Allen Kim,

Question 1:

“Was Soeryo Goeritno a bonafide promoter with the WBA?

Answer NO

Question 2:

“Was 50% of the purse paid to the fighters, 7 days prior to the fight?

(As stated in the terms of the Contract)

Answer NO

Therefore the contract was broken by Soeryo Goeritno and made null and void. The bout was officially called off on the Tuesday the 22nd of July and any negotiations beyond that point were not approved by the WBA. Allen Kim was also told that Torino Tidar has no official place within the WBA and that Allen Kim was taking advice from the wrong people concerning the fight. Team John has done nothing wrong and they have simply followed the terms and conditions of Fight contracts as agreed to by both parties.

This comes as good news for Chris John who earlier today by phone conversation said “I’m glad it’s over, I just want to defend my title and represent the WBA and Indonesia with the same honor as I always do. I can’t understand why my own countrymen would try and take my title, I would like to thank the WBA for never doubting my integrity and also for my fans for sticking by me and hopefully I can still fight in Indonesia.

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