Kolby in class above
THE biggest mission ahead of Kolby “Chaos” Johnston’s latest professional bout wasn’t getting in fighting shape, it was finding an opponent “adventurous” enough to fight him.
Johnston, 24, will take on New Zealand light middleweight titleholder Daniel Roy Maxwell in Brisbane this Saturday as he takes another step towards fighting for an Australian belt.
The Townsville boxer has won all five of his professional bouts to date, with his debut coming last year after growing up as a travelling prize fighter.
But Johnston’s growing reputation as a formidable boxer has had a downside, with his trainer Gonzo Hooper fielding numerous calls from promoters offering opponents, only for them to withdraw soon after. “Part of the problem now is that nobody wants to fight him,” Hooper said. “I had tried 32 fighters until we finally got it done; boxers have their reasons for pulling out of fights, but I’d say more than half did a bit of research and then decided not to fight him.
I had tried 32 fighters until we finally got it done
“It’s pretty sad when it seems some fighters don’t seem adventurous enough.”
Johnston won his last bout in December with a fifthround stoppage, winning the Queensland middleweight belt from Tommy Szeremi despite suffering a broken finger in the opening round.
He started his pro career with two knockouts, a split decision and then a knockout in his last bout.
“He recovered well and he’s been right to fight since March,” said Hooper, who is wary of Maxwell despite his five wins and 28 losses record.
“He’s been going the distance in his last seven fights and hasn’t lost his last three, so Kolby’s not going in there thinking he’s going to knock this guy out early. “