Tyson Fury says he will send a clear and present danger warning to World heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko at the Odyssey Arena on December 1.
Big statement: Tyson Fury vows to rise to the occasion against Kevin JohnsonTYSON Fury says he will send a clear and present danger warning to World heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko at the Odyssey Arena on December 1.
Fury will now take on dangerous American Kevin ‘Kingpin’ Johnson who has been the distance with WBC champion Klitschko and is expected to provide the unbeaten heavyweight with his toughest test yet.
Fury had been pencilled in to clash with Denis Boytsov in a World title eliminator but the Russian said he needed more time so now 6ft 3’ Johnson has stepped up to the plate believing he can wreck the Irishman’s World title aspirations.
Fury has no doubt that he will rise to the occasion and deal with Johnson in a manner that will show champion Klitschko that he is the real deal.
Fury said: “I am getting closer to a shot at Klitschko myself and I’m going to show Vitali why he has to fight me because when I do a number on Johnson and get him out of there I’ll have done a better job than Vitali did on him.
“Johnson is going to be tough, he’s a hard man but I’ll be in the best shape of my life. The fans can expect fireworks, that’s for sure.
“Johnson is just the kind of opponent that I want at this stage of my career. We needed a world class fighter and we have got one and when I take him apart the world will sit up and take notice.
“I’m not going around getting opponents out of graveyards, fighting guys well past their best like some other heavyweights in Britain, I’m taking on Kevin Johnson who has fought for a major world title and been the distance with Vitali Klitschko.”
Johnson, who lost on points to Klitschko in 2009, said: “I'm excited about the opportunity to step into the ring with Tyson Fury. It's a fight that I've been looking to make for a long time. It's going to be the best American fighter against the best fighter in the UK.
“This is the biggest fight of my career since my world title fight against Vitali Klitschko in 2009 and I look forward to giving the fans what they deserve, an action packed, explosive and exciting fight.
“Tyson is a helluva fighter but he's never seen anything like the ‘Kingpin’ up close and personal.
“I'm on a mission to claim the heavyweight title and Tyson Fury is in my way. Don't blink, its going to be a short night.”
Promoter Mick Hennessy is relieved to have got a high calibre opponent for the Odyssey show at three weeks notice.
“Johnson is going to be the perfect world class test for Fury at this stage of his career,” said Hennessy.
“Johnson has been there and done it and he wants another shot at the world title and he sees Tyson as the route to that, that’s why he has taken the fight.
“He’s a clever boxer, he’s never been stopped and he can punch so Tyson has his work cut out.
“But I believe that Tyson is the best heavyweight in the world.”