Mandatory challenger Tureano Johnson says future opponent Gennady Golovkin is in a similar mould to the fearsome Mike Tyson but believes the Kazakh puncher needs a big rival.
Johnson, 33, is in pole position to meet the winner of Golovkin’s clash with Daniel Jacobs, provided the Bahamian doesn’t agree a step-aside deal with promoters Golden Boy, in order to allow Canelo Alvarez the honor.
As the top contender awaits his chance, Johnson gave his thoughts on the GGG v Jacobs bout at Madison Square Garden, plus the decision by Canelo to turn down the opportunity to fight Golovkin last year.
“We all know that GGG has become the image of fear in the middleweight of today and the most feared fighter of this time,” Johnson exclusively told World Boxing News.
“I guess In a sense, he poses fear traits like ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson. That said, all he needs is an Evander Holyfield or a Buster Douglas of his own.
“Does Daniel Jacob poses the traits of either fighter. Naturally, not to my belief. But I do believe he can mimic their styles. Doing that along with his punching power and his slick movement and heart he can make for a knock out fight.”
Asked whether Canelo can threaten Golovkin’s record, Johnson added: “Tough question. I think it will be as good whilst it lasts.
“Canelo is being groomed very well into a Middleweight. I think he brings his power with him But who wins? I think we shouldn’t look past Jacob just yet.
“And is Canelo ready for GGG? Well, going against a true middleweight who has the potential to knocking off someone’s head, literally! – I’m not surprised Canelo would want to take his time before moving up,” said Johnson.
Phil Jay is Editor of World Boxing News. Follow on Twitter @PhilDJay