Saturday, June 30, 2007
LAS VEGAS - Four-time world champion Stevie “Lil’ But Bad” Johnston returns home to fight Rolando Reyes on August 11 in the 12-round main event for the vacant IBO lightweight title, headlining Punchout at the Pepsi Center “No Mercy,” promoted by Silverhawk Championship Boxing, at the Pepsi Center in Denver.
IBA lightweight title-holder Johnston (41-4-1, 18 KOs) won a unanimous 12-round decision on May 18 in Broomfield against Humberto Toledo in Steve’s first fight in his native Colorado in 6 1/2 years. Johnston, now 34, captured the WBC lightweight championship twice between 1997 and 2000, and had seven successful title defenses. Stevie has defeated five major world champions—Sharmba Mitchell, Jean Baptiste Mendy, Cesar Bazan, James Page, and Alejandro Gonzalez - as well as 11 other major world title challengers including Angel Manfredy and Saul Duran.
Friday, June 08, 2007
LAS VEGAS - Four-time world lightweight champion and reigning IBA title-holder Stevie “Lil’ But Bad” Johnson has issued challenges to two of the three Diaz world lightweight champs - (WBA/WBO) Juan, and (IBF) Julio - as well as leading contender Joel Casmayor for a proposed title fight August 11 at the Pepsi Center in Denver.
Johnston’s promoter, Silverhawk Championship Boxing, recently sent substantial purse offers to representatives of the aforementioned lightweights with the understanding that a potential television deal would considerably increase the offer. None have yet to accept the challenge to fight Johnston.
David Diaz (32-1-1, 17 KOs) isn’t available because he’s scheduled to defend his WBC title August 4 against Erik Morales, while Juan (32-0. 16 KOs) reportedly has to fight his mandatory next.
Johnston (41-4-1, 18 KOs), 34, ruled the lightweight division between 1997 and 2000, capturing the WBC lightweight championship twice between 1997 and 2000, and he had seven successful title defenses. Stevie has beaten five major world champions—Sharmba Mitchell, Jean Baptiste Mendy, Cesar Bazan, James Page, and Alejandro Gonzalez - as well as more than a dozen other major world title challengers.
“Their managers need to go to Home Depot to get some plungers so they can un-pucker their fighters’ butts,” Johnson said. “I’m a real fighter. I worked my way back into position to fight any of those guys. I’m ready to go. It doesn’t matter which one, I just want to fight the best, and eventually unify all of the lightweight titles.”
Silverhawk’s initial offer to Julio Diaz’ people was countered, which was immediately accepted by Silverhawk, and both sides are still talking. “Stevie came up when the lightweight division had fighters like Floyd Mayweather, Shane Mosley, Jose Luis Castillo, Diego Corrales, Angel Manfredy and so many other great fighters,” Rider added. “He’s ready to take on any of today’s top lightweights right now.”
Rider noted that Johnson has nearly as many world title fight wins (12, 9 WBC, 2 IBA & 1 IBO) as the three Diaz champions combined (14 - David 1 WBC, 2 IBA; Juan 7 WBA, 1 WBO; Julio 3 IBF).
Monday, April 16, 2007
LAS VEGAS - Denver’s prodigal son Stevie “Lil’ But Bad” Johnson returns home to Denver to fight there for the first time in 6 1/2 years when he headlines “Rocky Mountain Mayhem,” promoted by Silverhawk Championship Boxing, on May 18 at the Broomfield Event Center in Broomfield, Colorado.
Johnston (40-4-1, 18 KOs) will defend his IBA World lightweight title belt against Dominican knockout artist Luis Ernesto “The Butcher” Jose (27-4-2, 24 KOs) in the 12-round main event. Also scheduled to fight on the “Rocky Mountain Mayhem” card are NBA light welterweight champion Adrian “Juanito” Mora (18-0-1, 10 KOs), of Thornton (CO), and Sonny Liston-look alike heavyweight Cedric “The Bos” Boswell (23-1, 18 KOs).
“I feel very good about fighting at home again,” Johnston said. “I’m returning as a champion and that’s awesome. The people there are real sports fans. They love sports and me. I always train hard but I’m training even harder for this fight because I’m going home to give my best possible performance.”
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Not much today so bear with me. I’m trying to have KO Corner’s official rankings up by the end of the week at the latest…
News, Notes, and Rumors:
- Juan Lazcano and Vivian Harris will battle in a WBC Super-Lighyweight elimination bout on February 10th as part of the undercard of Shane Mosley vs Luis Collazo…
- The latest on Nikolai Valuev and Ruslan Chagaev per Boxing Scene:
Next up for WBA heavyweight champ Nikolai Valuev is the mandatory defense against Ruslan Chagaev. The WBA will call for purse bids on February 9 if no agreement is reached before that and wants the fight to go ahead no later than April 15.
- Stevie Johnston will take on Tyrone Harris for the vacant IBA Lightweight tile this Friday in Orlando, Florida.
- Rocky Balboa did not receive a Razzie nomination for one of the worst movies of 2006, the first time in years that Sylvester Stallone or a movie of his hasn’t been nominated apparently…
- Dominick Guinn has a taken a fight on extremely short notice and will take on Zuri Lawrence on February 2nd as part of ESPN’s Friday Night Fights.
Some Good Reads:
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
Stevie “Little But Bad” Johnston
LAS VEGAS – Two-time World Boxing Council lightweight champion and current International Boxing Organization World light welterweight champion, Stevie “Little But Bad” Johnston (38-3-1, 17 KOs), is set to take on “Vicious” Vivian Harris in the 10-round main event on HBO’s Boxing After Dark, July 29 at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, California.
“This fight means a lot to me because it’s on national television and I need to be seen again,” Johnston said. “It’s a good fight for my career. Harris reminds me a little of James Crayton. (Johnston has defeated Crayton twice) They’re about the same size, right-handed and have similar styles. To beat Harris I have to box, be smart, and stay aggressive.”
The crafty Johnston, rated No. 7 by the World Boxing Association, also owns the NABC super lightweight title. Stevie’s list of victims includes world champions Sharmba Mitchell, Jean Baptiste Mendy, Saul Duran, Cesar Bazan, James Page, Alejandro Gonzalez and Angel Manfredy.