Tureano Johnson Interview: “I am a mixture of Joe Frazier and Mike Tyson, with a touch of Sugar Ray Robinson!”
By "Big Dog" Benny Henderson Jr., Doghouse Boxing (Aug 1, 2012) Doghouse Boxing
2008 Olympian, now
undefeated middleweight prospect, Tureano Johnson 10-0 (7), is raring
and ready to continue his winning ways as a professional, and if all
goes as planned, the young gun will step back in the ring August 10th,
to take on another amateur standout in the once beaten DonYil Livingston
8-1-1 (4). In this exclusive interview, we speak with the twenty-eight
year old Bahamas born boxer, who now resides in Georgia. We get his
thoughts on fighting in the Olympics, his young pro career, possible
upcoming bout and more, enjoy.
Benny Henderson Jr.: I
know recently you signed a promotional deal with promoter Gary Shaw,
congratulations for the deal, now, what made you decide to sign with
Shaw over all the others?
Tureano Johnson: I think there
were mainly two reasons. First, I looked at Mr. Shaw's stable and I
think there is a wonderful opportunity for me to shine. There is a lot
of young talent don't get me wrong, but I think Mr. Shaw is looking for
the next wave of TV stars, and I believe I fit the bill. Second, Mr.
Shaw gets TV dates, and I am a TV fighter so I thought it would be a
perfect fit. The financials didn't hurt either.
have a fight coming up August 10th against DonYil Livingston, who earned
himself an impressive amateur record. How do you feel you two match-up
in this upcoming bout?
TJ: I hope that fight gets
made. I have agreed to the fight, but I haven't heard word that Donyil
has accepted so I have my fingers crossed. I have nothing bad to say
about Donyil. He had a great amateur career and has some impressive
wins as a pro. I believe that our styles will make for a very fan
friendly fight, but the outcome will be the same as it has been in all
my professional fights and that's a victory for Tureano Johnson.
BH: Your keys to victory?
TJ: Just be Tureano Johnson.
BH: For the ones who have not seen you in action, how would you describe your style?
an old-school fighter who is very TV friendly. I like to mix it up in
the ring and get a little bloody and barbaric. I like to say that I am a
mixture of Joe Frazier and Mike Tyson with a touch of Sugar Ray
Robinson. As I have said previously, it has been said that Tureano is
not much of a technical fighter. But we are working hard on rounding
out the package to include more head movement and boxing skills. But I
like to bang and I hit hard.
BH: In your honest opinion, what separates you from the other prospects in your division?
God on my side I fear no man. With that in mind I will fight anyone in
my division. Unfortunately in boxing that is not always the case. We
get turned down for a lot of fights. I don't turn down fights.
BH: What do you feel are your three best qualities as a fighter?
TJ: My left, my right, and probably my left.
BH: Any message you would like to send out to your upcoming opponent?
TJ: Take the fight DonYil. It is a great opportunity for both of
us. Let's give the fans a fight against two top prospects. I don't
believe you have fought on national television before, and I haven't
since the Olympics, so I don't see how you can turn down this exposure.
BH: Anything in closing?
want to thank God, Mr. Shaw, my management team, and my trainer for
everything they have done for me. If given the opportunity, I am
confident I won't let them down.
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