By Michael Collins:
American heavyweight Kevin Johnson
(29-2-1, 13 KOís) figures he wonít even need to switch on his ĎAí game this Saturday night in order to defeat unbeaten #3 WBC heavyweight contender Tyson Fury
(19-0, 14 KOís) 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 ďHeight is not a problem. I know a lot of guys that donít know how to use their key element. It donít matter if youíre tall or short, I can break you down in 0.5 seconds, especially if your level of opposition..This guy [Fury] isnít championship level. Itís not as if Iím going against an ĎAí fighter. Thatís not the case for me to bring out my ĎAí game. So my ĎAí game will really kill this dude. So what have I learned from fighting tall guys? You really donít learn much. The tall or the short games are the same thing. It just depends on how skillful. This [Fury] is the most doofiest Iíve met in boxing. This is the most feeble-handed guy Iíve ever seen in boxing history, and youíre going to come in and make a mistake against me? When the bell rings Iím going to go and get him. I havenít done that in a long time.Ē
Itís hard to argue about Johnsonís feelings about Fury not having faced anyone really good yet. The best fighter that Fury has faced was Dereck Chisora, but heís 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 Furyís opponents have been either domestic level or journeyman level fighters without a whole lot of talent. Indeed, one of Furyís recent bouts was against 41-year-old Martin Rogan, who Fury fiddled around with by fighting in the southpaw stance the entire fight. Itís hard to take a heavyweight seriously when heís being matched against weak, old fighters that heís beating while playing around in the southpaw stance.