Kingpin on Wilder: They’ll only give me the chance at short notice!
Heavyweight Kevin ‘Kingpin’ Johnson has reiterated his desire to fight Deontay Wilder when speaking to WBN today, in the wake of manager Jay Deas bemoaning a lack of interest in fighting his 28-0 knockout artist.
Johnson, 33, had previously stated that he would step up and fight the ‘Bronze Bomber’ if given the right amount of time to prepare, but is certain that won’t happen as Wilder looks to protect his amazing record of winning all his fights inside four rounds.
“Let’s get this straight, I would fight Deontay Wilder in a heartbeat!” Johnson told World Boxing News.
“I know his team will bulls*** me around because they know I will crack his record. They will only give me short timing to prepare to protect their guy. All I can say is that I want the fight, but whether they want me is another story.”
‘Kingpin’ took heavy-hitting WBC champion Vitali Klitschko the full distance in 2009 and more recently give Tyson Fury a hard-fought twelve rounds when they met in Belfast in December.
27 year-old Wilder is ready to be stepped up on the back of his recent blowout win over Audley Harrison and many see Johnson as the logical next step if the unbeaten bruiser wants to prove his world title credentials.
With exactly one month to Wilder’s scheduled Barclays Center bout on July 13, it may now be too late to persuade Johnson to accept the fight as the likes of rivals Tony Grano and Malik Scott secure bouts elsewhere.