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Johnson steps in to face Bakole in Newcastle

Veteran heavyweight Kevin Johnson will face Martin Bakole on two days' notice

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Kevin Johnson has stepped in to face his ninth British opponent Credit: Tha Boxing Voice
Kevin Johnson has stepped in to face his ninth British opponent Credit: Tha Boxing Voice

Veteran heavyweight Kevin Johnson has stepped into face Martin Bakole on Saturday at Utilita Arena, following Gabriel Enguema’s withdrawal.

Bakole (13-1) was scheduled to face Enguema (10-9) on the undercard of Lewis Ritson’s bout with Robbie Davies Jr, however the Spaniard has pulled out through injury allowing 40-year-old Johnson to replace him on two days’ notice.

‘King Pin’ (34-14) is no stranger to British shores having campaigned in Britain eight times across a 50-fight career.

The former world title challenger took unified world heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr all 10 rounds in defeat in 2018 and was beaten on a unanimous decision by lineal champion Tyson Fury in 2012.

Anthony Joshua is the only Brit to beat Kevin Johnson by stoppage Credit: Sky Sports
Anthony Joshua is the only Brit to beat Kevin Johnson by stoppage Credit: Sky Sports

Johnson’s last UK outing saw him beaten on points by Nathan Gorman, in a fight he was given three days to prepare, five months after he took current British champion Daniel Dubois to points.

Whilst his only stoppage loss to a Brit came back in 2015 when he was blown away in two rounds by Anthony Joshua.

Bakole, a previous sparring partner of Joshua, has recorded successive victories since his stoppage loss to Michael Hunter at York Hall last October, including a career best win over former world title challenger Mariusz Wach in April.

Bakole’s fight with Johnson is part of a stacked Newcastle bill topped by Lewis Ritson’s grudge match with Robbie Davies Jr and Ted Cheeseman’s British title defence against Scott Fitzgerald.

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