Anthony Joshua Vs Kevin Johnson – Preview and Prediction

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Olympic Gold Medallist Anthony Joshua continues his journey towards the world stage as he takes on the experienced and wily Kevin Johnson who has faced an array of quality opposition, including a world title fight with Vitali Klitschko.

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THE STORY ON – ANTHONY JOSHUA

With 12 stoppage wins from 12 fights, there is a buzz gathering around Anthony Joshua in the UK, however at 25 years old he is still young in heavyweight terms and while there seems to be an impatience among fans regarding level of opposition, there really is no rush.

I see Kevin Johnson as a sensible step up for Joshua at this stage in his career and will present him with an opportunity to do what Vitali Klitschko, Dereck Chisora and Tyson Fury couldn’t do and stop the American.

Joshua so far has displayed a ferocious offense with vicious combinations and power, he is a very quick and athletic heavyweight, his style is exciting and while its still early days the UK may have just found something very special.

However Joshua has been hittable and there are improvements to be made, yet when he lets his hands really go its hard to see many heavyweights living with him.

If Joshua can get Johnson out of there early it will be a solid statement.

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THE STORY ON KEVIN JOHNSON 

Johnson has fought on the world stage and has shown to be tough with a solid chin, he gobbled up nearly 300 punches from Vitali Klitschko and was still standing at the end of 12 rounds to tell the tale.

While Johnson is probably no longer in his prime he is very experienced and knows how to survive, defensively he is a very clever fighter and if he clams up and decides to survive 10 rounds, he could make it very difficult for Joshua to get through and land the required shots.

If Johnson was to win this weekend it would be a huge upset, and for me while its very unlikely he may just be the man to give Joshua some valuable rounds.

PREDICTION – JOSHUA TKO5 

Kevin Johnson has never been stopped before but I believe that is about to change this weekend, while Johnson is clever defensively and will use all his experience to frustrate Joshua, I don’t think it will be enough.

Joshua while still inexperienced doesn’t waste much, he will pick his spots and when he does let his hands go they will pierce through the guard of Johnson and still have an impact on the American.

By the 5th round I expect Johnson to begin to lose heart for the job at hand and I am backing Joshua to make the statement that he is a serious contender in the heavyweight division and means business.

In terms of betting the fight, there is little value in backing an early blast out by Joshua, unless your willing to call the round the odds are very short. Its risky but I would say the 11/4 being offered on Joshua to win in rounds 6-10 at 888 sport carries some value.

It could be very tight and it may not quite get there but unless your willing to back as short as 8/13 for a Joshua win in rounds 1-5 the market offers very little. I will keeping stakes low in this one.

BETTING TIP 

£10 on Joshua to win in rounds 6-10 11/4 at 888 Sport 

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