Diary entry Thursday, Dec. 3
“It’s Day 2 in Switzerland and so far, so good. The weather is a lot colder than what I am used to in Georgia but it’s okay. I love challenges.
“I started my day here with a 5k run at 6:00AM in the morning. I’m trying something new for this fight. Moving to two-a-day sparring. After my run and some calisthenics, I got in 12 rounds of tip-top sparring. I’m starting to scare myself.
“I’m punching a lot harder and crisper that I ever have in my life. If Vitali thinks that he’s getting the Kevin Johnson that he’s studied on tape, he’s sadly mistaken.
“I spent a few moments returning calls from a lot of friends, family and other fighters who have called to wish me luck – but I won’t need luck. I’m going to win this fight the old fashioned way, with grit and determination.
“After lunch, I got in another 12 rounds of sparring that went as well as the first. My trainers are pushing me harder than I ever have been pushed in my life. They’ve even given my sparring partners free reign to try to knock my head off and I love it. The fight won’t be as half as difficult as my training for this fight. I’ve denied myself so much for this fight to get myself in the right mode and mindset, and it is starting to pay off. After leaving the gym I signed a few autographs for some kids that were outside and went back to my hotel to do some American radio via telephone.
“I won’t get a chance to see much of Switzerland. For the next few nine days, my focus will be on becoming the heavyweight champion of the world. The title that once belonged to Jack Johnson, Joe Louis, Muhammad Ali, Larry Holmes and Mike Tyson will be in my gym bag when I leave Switzerland next Sunday morning and everything that I do over the next 9 days will be geared towards achieving that goal.”
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Televised on HBO, Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson (22-0-1, 9 KOs) will take on Vitali Klitschko (38-2, 37 KOs) for the WBC heavyweight championship on December 12.