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Video: Kevin Johnson and Joey Abell Promise Brit Bashing

American heavyweight tag team Kevin Johnson and Joey Abell aim to make it a double Brit bashing this Saturday (15th February) night at the Copper Box Arena.

Johnson takes on Dereck Chisora for his WBO and WBA International titles in the main event, while Abell faces undefeated Tyson Fury in the ten-round chief support,

The pair joined forces at today’s media work-out at the Peacock Gym in East London as they looked to derail plans of a massive summer showdown between Chisora and Fury. Continue reading

Don Charles doesn’t see Kevin Johnson able to handle Chisora

Reigning European heavyweight king Dereck Chisora knows that if he can reproduce the form and desire that he showed last year, he has a chance of closing out 2014 as the world heavyweight champion.

Now in the best shape of his career, the 30 year old enigma from Finchley racked up four successive stoppage wins in 2013, bagging European, plus WBA and WBO International titles en route.

Already ranked highly by all four major sanctioning bodies, Chisora will be seeking to edge yet closer to the Holy Grail when he puts the latter to belts at risk against Atlanta’s seasoned former WBC World title challenger Kevin ‘Kingpin’ Johnson at The Copper Box Arena in Hackney Wick, east London this Saturday (15th February). Continue reading

Chisora expects to blast out Kevin Johnson on Saturday to get Fury rematch

Dereck Chisora aims to make quick work of Kevin Johnson this Saturday (15th September) at the Copper Box Arena to send a warning to rival Tyson Fury .

Chisora defends his WBO/WBA International Heavyweight titles against the tough American, who took big-punching Fury the distance in December 2012, and knows he needs an impressive showing to keep on track for his summer grudge match with the Manchester traveler.

Undefeated Fury took Chisora’s British and Commonwealth titles and unbeaten record in July 2011 and features as chief support on the undercard this Saturday in a ten-rounder against American Joey Abell. Continue reading

Dereck Chisora faces Kevin Johnson at the Copper Box Arena on Feb. 15th

When British heavyweight titans Dereck Chisora and Tyson Fury clash this summer in a blockbuster rematch it could be an eliminator for the WBO World title promoter Frank Warren said today.

The public will get to see both big men in action on Saturday 15th February when they both feature at the Copper Box Arena, Chisora headlines with a WBO and WBA International title defence against tough American Kevin Johnson – who replaces injured Andriy Rudenko – while Fury is chief support in a ten-rounder against experienced Argentine Gonzalo Omar Basile, live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/Virgin Ch. 546).

Chisora has a score to settle with Fury who beat him back in July 2011 taking the Londoner’s British and Commonwealth belts plus his unbeaten record. Continue reading

Solis pulls out of fight with the Kingpin

Odlanier Solisby Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson

I wanted to let Eastside Boxing and the rest of the world know that the I have just been advised that Odlanier Solis has pulled out of our fight scheduled for November 26, 2013, In Sunrise, FL. 

Apparently, his promoter and manager signed him up for a guaranteed ass whooping that he wasn’t willing to receive. I’m sorry for all those that were looking forward to seeing me end Solis’ career but what can I do, this is the worst part of boxing, specifically the heavyweight division.

Guys like Odlanier Solis are either too afraid or too fat to fight on a consistent basis.  I’ve asked my team to continue to find the toughest and best fights out there regardless of who, where and when, and I will continue to chase opportunities across the globe.

Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson to fight Odlanier Solis on November 26th

by Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson: I wanted to let the folks at Eastside Boxing and the rest of the boxing world know that the Kingpin is back in the building. I signed my name on the dotted line to take on Odlanier Solis in a fight on the undercard of the Tarver-Mike Sheppard fight set for November 26, 2013 in Sunrise Fl. I expect a formal announcement at some point this week but I wanted to clear up some confusion out there about whether I was participating in Prizefighter again or in a possible fight with Christian Hammer.

I’m excited about fighting Solis right here in the U.S. and glad that he stepped up to the plate unlike some other heavyweights that are ducking me right now. They know who they are. I’m rejuvenated and in the best shape of my life and right now my focus is on Odlanier Solis, after I take care of business on November 26, 2013, we will see what’s what.

Fury to Deontay: If you beat Kevin Johnson, I’ll give you a fight

fury1Heavyweight contender Tyson Fury (21-0, 15 KO’s) has ignored American heavyweight contender Deontay “Bronze Bomber” Wilder’s attempts to get him in the ring despite it being a fight that would help Fury in a huge way if he won. However, Fury now is saying that he’ll agree to fight Deontay if he beats Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson (29-3-1, 15 KO’s), a guy that Fury easily beat by a 12 round unanimous decision last December.

Fury said on his social media site: “At Bronzebomber [Deontay Wilder], if you can beat Kevin ‘Kingpin’ Johnson, I’ll definitely give you your fight with me!!!! What do you say? I know Kevin will fight.”

I don’t think for a second that Fury, #5 WBO, #6 WBC, #8 IBF, would hold up his end of the bargain if Deontay did take the fight with Johnson and knock him out. Without it being written in a contract, Fury could then just ignore Wilder like before and continue to fight other guys. Continue reading

A Measured Storm: Fury vs. Johnson

By Phenyo Molefe: Given Tyson Fury’s previous bouts, recent outbursts and the clear articulation of his goals; one would not be at fault to believe that we were about to witness Tyson unleash punishment on an ‘ill-prepared’ but proven Kevin Johnson. Tyson had to make a statement.

In the opening round, Fury jumped on Johnson with some jabs to the body not giving him sufficient time to find his footing. It looked like we were about to see a new and revised Fury as he presented movement and a variation of punches from all angles. He moved with improved fluidity, comfortably establishing his range and following through with some meaningful combinations.

The second round, begun with the near feverish pace with which Fury had ended the last round. Fuming with a blizzard, setting the jab on a stinger as he pelted Johnson’s body with little restraint. Johnson did have a little success when he pinned Tyson in the corner for a moment or two; however Fury replied with a pivot setting pressure back on Johnson with some telling hooks. He was definitely boxing well and grew in confidence, taking firm control of the bout. Continue reading

Tyson Fury Wins Wide Decision Over Kevin Johnson In Dull Encounter

By James Slater: A penny for the thoughts of David Price!

Tonight in Belfast, Tyson Fury retained his unbeaten record in winning a wide yet dull points win over a safety-minded Kevin Johnson. Winning by scores of 119-110, 119-108, 119-108, 24-year-old Fury advanced to 20-0(14) and also moved a step closer to a shot at the WBC heavyweight crown currently held by Vitali Klitschko.

33-year-old Johnson, who promised so much beforehand but failed miserably in the delivery department, is now 28-3-1(13).

There was little action to speak of and tonight’s fight had no standout round. Fury boxed well at times, remaining focused and refusing to go wild at any point. Occasionally switching to southpaw, Fury jabbed well when he used his best weapon. Johnson, appearing to have no real ambition other than to hear the final bell, did get home with the odd jab of his own, as well as the even less frequent right hand.

Soon growing tired of the lack of action (and to be fair, Fury has never been in a stinker before tonight, and the lack of action has to be put firmly on Johnson’s wide shoulders), the crowd began booing in the middle rounds and by the 8th the boos were deafening. Continue reading

Fury decisions Johnson in one-sided fight

By Bill Phanco: Heavyweight contender Tyson Fury (20-0, 14 KO’s) stayed unbeaten with a one-sided 12 round unanimous decision over American Kevin Johnson (28-3-1, 13 KO’s) at the Odyssey Arena, in Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom. The final judges’ scores were 119-110, 119-108 and 119-108. Continue reading