In the final three weeks leading up to his showdown with WBC Heavyweight Champion Vitali Klitschko (38-2, 37 KOs), televised on HBO Dec. 12, undefeated contender Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson (22-0-1, 9 KOs) will be posting his diary online, exclusive to Fightnews.com readers.
Diary entry Tuesday, Dec. 1
“It’s Tuesday morning and my first day here in Switzerland started with a bang.
” I thought that I would be looking to catch a nap after the nine-hour flight from Atlanta to Zurich, but as soon as I stepped off of the plane, and saw the media waiting for me, I had to turn on the charm. “I was surprised by the number of Swiss fans that noticed me. The limo ride from Zurich to Berne was sweet. Switzerland is a beautiful. Never seen anything like it. It’s also super cold over here. I’m glad that I brought my fur with me.
“After dropping my bags at the hotel and settling in, I immediately hit the gym. No running today but I got in about 12 rounds of good sparring. Sparring was crisp and intense, just the way that I like it. I got some young sparring partners trying to make a name for themselves. Those guys always give the best work because they are trying to impress. My trainers, Charles “Dew Drop” Young and Mark Murdock, and I put the final touches in the game plan and worked on execution. I couldn’t be more ready.
“Looking forward to doing some tv and radio here tomorrow. I’m going to steal some of Vitali’s thunder before he arrives, then I’ll take his belt next Saturday. Ten days and counting. I can’t wait. There will be one less Klitchsko in the heavyweight division after Saturday.”
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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.