Anthony Joshua vs. Kevin Johnson Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/30/15
Boxing: Saturday, May 30, 2014 at 9:00 pm (O2 Arena, Greenwich, London, England)
The Line: Anthony Joshua -7000 / Kevin Johnson +3000 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Anthony Joshua and Kevin Johnson fight Saturday at the O2 Arena for the WBC International Heavyweight title.
Anthony Joshua enters this fight with a 12-0 record and all of his wins have come by knockout. Joshua has had two fights already this year with his most recent coming against Raphael Zumbano Love. None of Joshua’s fights have lasted more than three rounds. Joshua is simply a man’s man at 6’6”, and he lands haymaker after haymaker that none of his previous opponents have been able to handle. Joshua’s jab is effective and he goes for the kill once he knows he has a guy on the ropes. The only real weakness with Joshua is that he hasn’t had his chin tested and we don’t know how he’ll react to a longer fight that isn’t finished in the first two rounds. This will be Joshua’s fifth time fighting in London and his third time in the O2 Arena.
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Kevin Johnson enters this fight with a 29-6-1 record that includes 14 knockouts. Johnson has lost five of his last six fights, including his most recent against Manuel Charr back in December. Johnson has not won a fight in a little over two years. Johnson has a great reach and gets in and out very quickly for a big guy. Johnson has also shown he has a great chin, as he’s one of only a few guys who wasn’t knocked out when fighting Vitali Klitschko. Johnson can be a little passive at times, which isn’t going to work here. Johnson must do a better job of pushing the pace to this fight. This will be Johnson’s fifth fight in London and his first in the O2 Arena.
This fight is going to tell us a lot about Joshua, as he’s going to have to work to win by knockout. Johnson is very experienced and has already faced some of the best fighters without being knocked to the mat. It’ll be interesting to see how Joshua responds to a longer fight and if he can handle some big punches, as Johnson will get in his shots.
Still, the odds are insane for a reason. Joshua is the real deal and has been on a flat out roll. No reason to think that record will see a loss after this bout.