Tyson Fury Vs Kevin Johnson.
1st Dec Belfast.
|Fury, heading for a world title shot...|
The WBC have confirmed the fight to be an official World heavyweight title eliminator for the belt held by Vitali...
After Boytsov decided he wasn't ready to fight fury and various other fighters decided they weren't "ready" to fight Fury either, he has finally found an oppenent for his 1st December show. Among those that side stepped a fight with Fury are Tor Hamer and Michael Grant.
It is to Kevin Johnson's credit that he has taken this fight where others have said no, it is also to Fury's credit that he has agreed to the fight too.
Johnson is a very good fighter with a record of 28 wins (13 KO), 2 losses and 1 draw. His 2 losses were to the upcoming Tor Hamer back in June this year, whilst the other loss was against Vitali Klitschko on points back in 2009. His draw came in the 4th fight of his career against Timur Ibragimov, who is currently the Pan African champion. The fight against Vitali and subsequent fights since, show that Johnson is a top fighter and in some ways is more of a challenge to Fury than the original opponent Boytsov.
Johnson is a very awkward fighter who does have a punch on him, even if he uses it sparingly. His points defeat to Vitali shows he is experienced and Fury will need to be at his very best in order to beat. As is usual with Johnson he comes into the fight full of confidence.
|Kevin "Kingpin" Johnson|
Promoter Mick Hennessy is equally confident of Tyson's chances against Johnson and compliments the latter on taking the fight.
'Kevin Johnson has been there and done it and he wants another shot at the world title and he sees Tyson as the route to that, that’s why he has taken the fight,'
'He’s a very dangerous opponent, he’s a clever boxer, he’s never been stopped and he can punch so Tyson has his work cut out. But I believe that Tyson is the best heavyweight in the world and he’ll show that again with the way he takes care of Johnson.
'Johnson has been asking for this fight for a long time and we have granted his wish unlike a lot of other fighters who have avoided him as he is a very dangerous fighter over 12 rounds.'
A promoter doing a promoter's job, whilst I think Fury is a very good fighter and is on the right road to the World Championship, he is not the "best heavyweight in the world", not yet anyway. Will he continue to progress and eventually become the best? I think it is currently too early to say, but the signs look promising, especially as he seems to be upping the quality of his opponents.
Fury is looking beyond Johnson, which is not always the best thing to do and wants a shot at Klitschko.
“I am getting closer to a shot at Klitschko myself and I’m going to show Vitali why he has to fight me because when I do a number on Johnson and get him out of there I’ll have done a better job than Vitali did on him.
“Johnson is going to be tough, he’s a hard man but I’ll be in the best shape of my life. The fans can expect fireworks, that’s for sure.
“Johnson is just the kind of opponent that I want at this stage of my career. We needed a world class fighter and we have got one and when I take him apart the world will sit up and take notice.
“I’m not going around getting opponents out of graveyards, fighting guys well past their best like some other heavyweights in Britain, I’m taking on Kevin Johnson who has fought for a major world title and been the distance with Vitali Klitschko.”
My personal opinion on this fight is that I feel it is a major step up from Fury's previous opponents and is also a step up from the original fighter. It will be cagey with neither fighter wanting to give too much away in the first few rounds, I then expect Fury to step it up in the 4th eventually winning by stoppage in the 5th or 6th, he will need to keep his composure and concentration throughout.
What next for Fury after this? His team and him want a shot for the title, I feel he should have one more fight, before looking for that, but TeamFury have done things there own way so far and have had great success.
I wish both fighters luck...