When Star Boxing’s top rated undefeated heavyweight Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson (22-0-1, 9KO) (WBC #6, WBA #6, WBO #8, IBF #12) steps into the ring on December 12th to challenge Vitali Klitschko (38-2, 37KO) for Klitschko’s coveted WBC Heavyweight Championship, he will not only be fighting for himself, but fighting for his entire country.
“Bringing the heavyweight championship back to America is more important to me than anything,” stated Johnson. “For the entire 20th Century there wasn’t a bigger prize in all of sports than being the heavyweight champion of the world. Since the Europeans took over the heavyweight division, boxing lost some of its appeal. The average American walking down the street couldn’t tell you who the champ is. When I think of great fighters I think of Jack Johnson, Joe Louis, Muhammad Ali, Larry Holmes and Mike Tyson. When these guys were champs, they were icons in this great nation. The Klitschko’s are a temporary mistake and I’m going to fix that mistake for good. Winning the World Championship and bringing the belt back to America, were it rightfully belongs, will be a huge step in that direction. Like those great heavyweights did in the past-I will restore the shine to Heavyweight Boxing.”
While Johnson is very confident in the outcome of the fight, he does respect Vitali as “the only true champion” in the heavyweight division.
“I give Vitali a lot of respect for giving me this opportunity. He is a true champion that doesn’t duck anybody. Of all the champions he is the only one who has stepped up and given us young guys, such as Chris Arreola and myself a chance to fight for his championship.”
While some critics might argue that Johnson is too inexperienced to dethrone Klitschko, Johnson chooses not to let it bother him.
“There are always going to be people that hate on me, but just as much as my supporters motivate me, the haters motivate me too. I love proving people wrong, I have done it for my entire career, and I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon.” Muhammad Ali had haters too, it didn’t stop him from being considered ‘The Greatest of All Time’. Ali shocked the world when he beat the ‘invincible’ Sonny Liston and it won’t stop me from beating the ‘invincible’ Vitali Klitschko.
“These co-called critics can say what they want, but bottom line is my time is now. I am in the prime of my career, none of the other top contenders or prospects want to fight me, so what should I do, sit around and pad my record with meaningless wins like most of these other guys do? I have studied Vitali for a long time and I’ve watched him destroy a lot of guys, but in each of those fights, I’ve seen him show a lot of flaws. The problem is that none of the guys he fought, other then Lewis, had the skills, stamina and technique to take advantage. Despite what everyone says I know what I can do and how I’m going to do it. I know I’ll be the underdog going into this fight and that’s fine with me. I’m letting all those big betters out there know, if they are looking to make a lot of money, put your money on the Kingpin.”
Regarding of the outcome of the fight, Johnson sees the fight playing out one way and one way only, with him being the victor.
“My game plan going into this fight is to win, it’s as simple as that. No matter what, I’m not leaving Switzerland without that WBC belt around my waste. I see the fight playing out whatever way I want it to play out. If I have to box him then I’ll box him. From a pure boxing standpoint he is no where near on my level. People talk about his jab, but there is no heavyweight in the world with a better jab then me, and certainly not Vitali Klitschko. People might not know, but I actually have a longer reach than him. When it comes to jabbing he can forget it. If he tries to jab with me, his mouth will be wide open and his eyes will be closed by the middle of the fight.”
“If he wants to fight, I’ll go toe-to-toe with him and use my speed to knock him out. I want to make things clear for everyone; I’m not Cristobal Arreola, or Sam Peters. If he stands in front of me with his hands down, I’ll hit him ten times before he can land once. It’s going to be a short night for him if he tries that amateur stuff with me.”
With about a month to go till fight night, Johnson says he is already in top shape and ready to go.
“I knew that this day would come sooner or later so I have been preparing myself for the last two years. I work out five days a week year round, so I’m always in shape. For Vitali I have stepped it up even more though and have been putting my body through some new intensive training. By fight time, I’ll be leaner than ever and ready to go. I couldn’t be more focused then the task at hand. I can already hear the announcer saying, “and the new heavyweight champion of the world, Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson! My long-awaited reign of the heavyweight division finally begins, starting with Vitali Klitschko on December 12th.”
The Kevin Johnson vs. Vitali Klitschko fight for the WBC Heavyweight Championship of the World is promoted by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing and K2 Promotions and will take place at the PostFinance Arena in Bern, Switzerland.
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