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This Friday November 7th the WBA #5 rated heavyweight in the world, Star Boxing's Kevin "Kingpin" Johnson (20-0-1, 7KO) looks to stay undefeated and continue to climb the heavyweight ranks when he takes on Matthew Greer (12-3,11KO) in a ten round heavyweight contest being broadcast live on GoFightLive.tv from Bally's Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, NJ. Johnson, considered by many to be the top American heavyweight prospect, and whose hand speed has been compared to heavyweight greats, hall of famers Muhammad Ali and Larry Holmes, has had a busy schedule as of late, especially for a fighter of his magnitude.. The fight with Greer will be his third fight in less then seven months and the first thing the Kingpin will tell you is that he has no intentions of slowing down. Johnson who continues to be ducked by many of the top heavyweights in the world recently sat down for an exclusive one on one interview before his upcoming bout on Friday. The self- proclaimed greatest heavyweight in the world took time to talk about his busy schedule, his last fight with former heavyweight champion Bruce Seldon, and what he will have to do to get a title shot.
Article posted on 07.11.2008
KEVIN "KINGPIN" JOHNSON
Q: Kingpin, how are you doing?
KJ: I am doing good, real good. I had a great training camp, and everything is absolutely beautiful.
Q: You just fought two months ago, do you like this busy schedule you are on right now?
KJ: Oh yeah, I love it. I love staying busy. I am a fighter, this is what I do. I just want to keep getting fights and keep showing the boxing world my abilities and keep racking up these wins.
Q: I am going to throw a name out at you, without thinking what's the first word that comes to mind, David Haye?
KJ: B*tch, with an English accent. The guy is a joke. He calls me out, I answered his call and then he punks out. His people tried to say I asked for too much money. That is an out and out lie. I told them I would fight for less then what they offered me. Money was not an issue, because I know once I knocked him out I would walk out of there a very rich man. My fights after destroying him would have brought me tons of money. I would have fought him for free, that's how confident I was I would have knocked him out cold. He is susceptible to left hooks, and I have a great left hook and the minute I hit him he would have went. The real story of what happened was after he called me out and I accepted, he watched some video footage of me and then said no way will I fight that guy. I can't be too mad at him though because he is just like the rest of the heavyweights out there, none of them want to fight me. I wouldn't want to have to fight me either
Q: In your last fight, you knocked out former heavyweight champion of the world Bruce Seldon. Prior to that fight you adamantly stated you would knock him out and silence your critics that you are more then just a gifted boxer with a terrific jab. Which is the Kevin Johnson we will see from here on out, the gifted boxer, or the come straight forward banger?
KJ: From here on out you are going to see the new and improved Kevin Johnson. You are going to see a boxer who has the total package. Boxer, banger, it doesn't matter. Every fight, it doesn't matter who it is, I am going to put on an exciting show, and look spectacular doing it. Truthfully I still have not shown the boxing world the best Kevin Johnson yet, but I promise you, he is coming.
Q: You recently were moved up to number 5 in the WBA. What's your take on all of the top guys and champions out there? Do you think anyone is going to step up and give you a shot, or are you just going to have to keep winning until they can not avoid you any longer?
KJ: Yeah basically that's it. I know none of these guys want to face me, and it's no secret. On my worst day they don't want to see me in the ring. But as long as I keep fighting and keep winning there is going to come a time when they are either going to have to fight me or they will have to just hand their belts over to me. I just try to not let it bother me or effect me. I know my time is coming. I have a great promoter in Joe DeGuardia and Star Boxing and he promises me the time is coming very soon. That's what I love about Joe, when he tells me something he delivers. My man is on point.
Q: Wladimir Klitschko, Vitali Klitschko , Nikolay Valuev and Ruslan Chagaev. Give me your hit list in order of champions.
KJ: First I will take out Valuev. He is the easiest and I am ranked highest in the WBA so he has to go first. Then after him I will want to take a step up so Wladimir will have to be next. Then after I destroy his younger brother Vitali will have no choice but to fight me so I will fight him and gladly take his belt too. Vitali will be my hardest task, but that's all it is, a task. Not one of those guys stands a chance with me. Oh yeah I almost forgot Chagaev. Sorry I have to leave him off my list I don't consider him a world class fighter. I didn't even know he was still boxing until you just mentioned his name.
Q: Kevin thank you for taking time out and sitting down with us. Anything you want to say in closing?
KJ: To all my beautiful ladies out there, I am still single, I am still tall, dark and handsome, sweet and sexy come out to the fight and see me in action I look good (laughs Johnson). On a more serious note, I want to thank my promoter Joe DeGuardia and Star Boxing for putting this fight together. I also want to thank Bally's for bringing me back to this great venue. Lastly, to all those so-called heavyweight contenders and champions out there, I am coming for you, for all of you.
Tickets are priced at $90 and $60 and can be purchased by calling Ticketmaster at 1(800) 736-1420 or going online to ticketmaster.com. Tickets are also available by calling Star Boxing at (718) 823-2000 or by going online to www.starboxing.com
Weights From Atlantic City
Kevin Johnson 243 3/4 lbs. vs. Matthew Greer 238 1/4 lbs.
Terrance Cauthen 146 3/4 lbs. vs. Shamone Alvarez 148 lbs.
Raymond Serrano 147 1/4 lbs. vs. Shaka Moore 147 1/4 lbs.
Bruce Seldon 222 1/4 lbs. vs. Brad Gregory 204 3/4 lbs.
Curtis Stevens 170 1/2 lbs. vs. Ray Smith 172 1/2 lbs.
Alexis Mejias 232 lbs. vs. Bernard Brown 260 lbs.
Lavarn Harvell 175 1/4 lbs. vs. Joe Njau 176 1/2 lbs
Weights From Germany Abraham-Marquez PPV
Arthur Abraham 159.6 lbs.
Raul Marquez 160 lbs.
(IBF Middleweight Championship)
Enad Licina 197 lbs.
Otis Griffin 187 lbs.
(IBF Intercontinental Cruiserweight Championship)
Jason Gavern 225 lbs.
Enrico Garmendia Later
Amar Amari Later
Dominik Britsch 160 lbs.
Robert Blazo 154 lbs.
Nick Klappert 154 lbs.
Ronan Vanicky 176.5 lbs.
Arthur Hein 178.5 lbs.
WHEN: Live: Saturday, November 8, 2008 – 3 PM/ET 12 PM/PT
Tape: Sunday, November 9, 2008 – 2 PM/ET
WHERE: Jako Arena, Bamberg, Germany
PROMOTER: Wilfried Sauerland, presented by Sauerland Event and its Managing Director, Christian Meyer, in association with Seminole Warriors Boxing
PAY-PER-VIEW: Distributed in the United States and Canada by Integrated Sports for live viewing in English and Spanish on both cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand, TVN, DISH Network, Viewer’s Choice Canada, and Bell ExpressVue, for a suggested retail price of only $24.95..
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