Experienced heavyweight Kevin Johnson has no problems from his side in taking up Tyson Fury’s recent challenge to fight unbeaten and feared star of the division Deontay Wilder.
Fury, who defeated Johnson over twelve rounds last December, has called on Wilder to put his formidable 28-0 record on the line against the ‘Kingpin’ after stating that his former opponent is the best American heavyweight out there.
Johnson, 33, got back to winning ways in April by travelling to Australia to beat Solomon Haumono on his home patch and now sees would have no qualms in stepping up against ‘The Bronze Bomber’ in the summer.
“Wilder has fought 28 fights and knocked out everyone, but he can’t, wont, and will never come close to knocking me backwards,” Johnson told World Boxing News.
“Can he box, yes – is he good so far? Yes, but what will happen when he one day fights someone who’s able to touch him the same way he’s touching those guys?
“What happens when he’s struggling to touch a real boxer who can punch too? That’s my million dollar question and I must fight him in order to become champion because I’m going to be around for a long time and we will be fighting each other.
“Wilder’s record don’t scare me non, nor move me. I’m a fan of Boxrec to see what a fighter really is made of. If you take a persons record, add up all the wins of the people a fighter has fought. Then add up all the losses of the people he fought and you will have a record of sorts and that’s what I look at.
“Tyson Fury is 100% correct that I am the best in the US and I will be worldwide once I finish off my 2013 run.”
27 year-old Wilder recently missed out on a UK return against Dereck Chisora after dispatching of Audley Harrison last month in Manchester and is expected to announce his next fight in the US in the next few weeks.