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Kevin Johnson: Anthony Joshua is a media hype job

Kevin Johnson is set to face Anthony Joshua this weekend, but doesn't think much of the budding star heavyweight.

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Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

Heavyweight journeyman Kevin Johnson (29-6-1, 14 KOs) will be taking on young British heavyweight Anthony Joshua (12-0, 12 KOs) this weekend in London, in what is supposed to be another stay-busy showcase fight for Joshua. Despite knowing that he's being looked upon as cannon fodder for Joshua, Kevin Johnson (who has never been stopped in his career) expects that Joshua is in for a rude awakening.

"He is a media hype job and let me tell you this, once this dude is out the way I'm going to show you that the future of the heavyweight division is right here," said Johnson via a press release issued by Matchroom Boxing.

"I've got the antidote for this guy. It's something all of these Olympic guys have in them and you'll see come Saturday. I've been here (in the U.K.) for two months now and I'm not remotely homesick - I'm hungry for something, and I know what I'm about to get."

That's basically a lot of big talk coming from Johnson, who to be clear, has lost four of his last five fights. Johnson's biggest 'claim to fame' thus far is the fact he's gone the distance with Vitali Klitschko, Dereck Chisora, and Tyson Fury. The fight this weekend really seems to be a case of seeing whether or not Joshua has what it takes to stop a durable opponent more so than about whether or not he'll actually win.

At this point in his young career, Anthony Joshua already looks the part of a future contender in the heavyweight division (much of which can be attributed to his freak-of-nature physique), and will be fighting for the third time in the last two months. He also has a fight scheduled for mid-July already, which is a clear indicator that his Matchroom boxing promoter has little worries about what will take place this weekend.

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