Kolby in class above

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - MICHAEL THOMPSON michael. thompson@ news. com. au

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

GONZO HOOPER

“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. “

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