Klitschko vs Johnson: Ibragimov Backs Vitali All The Way

By Andrey Krikunov

Kevin Johnson, the December 12 opponent for the WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko, has only one blemish on his record out of the 23 bouts in his professional career. Back in 2004 he had a draw with Timur Ibragimov in the 4-round fight. Now the Uzbek boxer shared his opinion with Blik newspaper on the upcoming Klitschko-Johnson showdown.

“Johnson was running away from me like a hare in all of the four rounds of that bout, - Ibragimov recalls. - "I was really surprised when after the fight the scorecards of all judges showed 38:38. To tell you the truth, the victory was blatantly stolen from me. Just imagine that on top of that after the bout Johnson's promoter came to me and tried to console me."

Timur doesn’t believe that Johnson stands any chance against Klitschko. Although he admits that the American has become more experienced over the past years.

“There’s only one way to beat the Klitschko brothers – to come as close as possible and to punch them straight to the chin, - says Ibragimov. - "If you fight Wladimir and Vitali at the mid-range, it’s impossible to beat them. They both have very long hands – they would hit their opponents, while the latter just can’t reach them. Johnson has to go forward all the time in the fight with Vitali, he has to keep up the tempo. Chris Arreola tried to fight that way but he was too straight-forward. But what can Johnson do? If he ran from me, what will he do against Vitali who is much more powerful and heavier than me? I don’t know the answer to that question."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by The_Demon on 12-05-2009

another b-level fighter for the klits record war vitali! :boxing:

Comment by moondog0331 on 12-05-2009

I have had the greatest opportunity to know Kevin Johnson. My father, David Horn (who passed away last year), trained Kevin for several years being established as a pro fighter. Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson has more drive, heart, power and talent…

Comment by KINGPIN4LIFE on 12-04-2009

So THE KINGPIN supposedly ran from Timor for 4 rounds, and Timor was consoled by Johnson's promoter..........WHAT A PHUCKING LIE..............KINGPIN did not have a promoter at that time, the Ibragimov-Johnson fight was promoted by Lou Dibella, so Timor Phuck off....................Phuck…

Comment by Marcov on 12-02-2009

Ibragimov is really going out a limb here! I would love it if KJ could give Klitschko a good fight, but he doesn't have the experiance or the tools yet in my opinion.

Comment by paulf on 12-02-2009

Kingpin is a cool guy and I hope he does well in this fight. I dont have a bad word for him. He's a lot faster than people think. Saying that, Vitali is the best best best of the best.…

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