Kevin Johnson: I don’t need my ‘A’ game to beat Tyson Fury
By Michael Collins: American heavyweight Kevin Johnson (29-2-1, 13 KO’s) figures he won’t even need to switch on his ‘A’ game this Saturday night in order to defeat unbeaten #3 WBC heavyweight contender Tyson Fury (19-0, 14 KO’s) in their fight at the Odyssey Arena, in Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom. Johnson sees the 24-year-old Fury as a doofy, we-punching heavyweight without experience against quality heavyweights.
Johnson said in his conference call with Fury “Height is not a problem. I know a lot of guys that don’t know how to use their key element. It don’t matter if you’re tall or short, I can break you down in 0.5 seconds, especially if your level of opposition..This guy [Fury] isn’t championship level. It’s not as if I’m going against an ‘A’ fighter. That’s not the case for me to bring out my ‘A’ game. So my ‘A’ game will really kill this dude. So what have I learned from fighting tall guys? You really don’t learn much. The tall or the short games are the same thing. It just depends on how skillful. This [Fury] is the most doofiest I’ve met in boxing. This is the most feeble-handed guy I’ve ever seen in boxing history, and you’re going to come in and make a mistake against me? When the bell rings I’m going to go and get him. I haven’t done that in a long time.”
It’s hard to argue about Johnson’s feelings about Fury not having faced anyone really good yet. The best fighter that Fury has faced was Dereck Chisora, but he’s been badly exposed recently with four losses in his last five fights, so that kind of takes all the accomplishment out of Fury beating him. Pretty much the rest of Fury’s opponents have been either domestic level or journeyman level fighters without a whole lot of talent. Indeed, one of Fury’s recent bouts was against 41-year-old Martin Rogan, who Fury fiddled around with by fighting in the southpaw stance the entire fight. It’s hard to take a heavyweight seriously when he’s being matched against weak, old fighters that he’s beating while playing around in the southpaw stance.