American heavyweight Kevin Johnson aims to put the painful memory of his lost against Christian Hammer behind him as the former world title challenger battles Dereck Chisora on Saturday night in London.
The 34 year-old went the distance with Vitali Klitschko in 2009, but has since lost bouts to Tyson Fury and Tor Hamer, with his fourth career defeat coming via a points defeat at the hands of Hammer last December in Germany.
“I have been waiting and praying for a fight to come along so that I can show the real me after that whack-ass decision for Christian Hammer in my last fight,” Johnson told World Boxing News.
“I need to get right back where I know I should be and the Chisora fight will give the opportunity to do that as I need to stay busy. No more bullshitting!”
Johnson, who has never been stopped, has been impressed by Chisora’s form of late as the Briton hurtles towards a rematch with Fury in the summer, although the ‘Kingpin’ aims to put a spanner in the works and claim a return with the former Irish champion for himself as Chisora/Fury tickets fly out.
“Chisora has been involved in some very good fights,” pointed out Johnson. “He had a very good stoppage against Malik Scott and he is digging deep to try and become a champion before I do.
“I have to stop him from doing that and will be talking to Tyson about Chisora before we fight. Tyson is not my enemy right now as that is only when we fight. We have trained together in the past and he is a cool dude outside of the ring.
“A win over Chisora puts me back in there and hopefully I can get another fight with Tyson instead. I’m looking to speak to Peter Fury and Tyson about replacing Chisora in the summer once I take him out on Saturday night.
“Since I was only given eight days notice the first time, I think I deserve another chance. I just need to prove it against Chisora first.”
It’s not only an immediate win over Chisora that the confident Johnson has his eyes on this weekend as the 34-fight veteran believes only he can end the domination of Wladimir Klitschko and says fans, especially the ladies, are in for a treat at the Copper Box.
“I am looking forward to fighting in London as I love the place!” he said “I love to give the women a great masculine show, especially for a guy who is tall, dark and handsome!
“People are going to see that there is only one challenger to Klitschko out there right now and that is me, me and some more of me,” added Johnson.
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