Alexander Gustafsson: ‘Rumble’ Johnson is one-dimensional
Alexander Gustafsson vies for a second shot at light heavyweight gold tonight against fellow contender Anthony "Rumble" Johnson, in front of a huge home-town crowd in Stockholm. Don’t expect "The Mauler" to be nervous, however.
After all, according to the Swede, he’ll only be facing a one-trick pony in the hard-hitting Johnson. "He’s one-dimensional," Gustafsson told reporters, recently.
"[Johnson] doesn’t move a lot, comes in hard, throws the left kick, left hook, straight right. I’m not afraid of his wrestling at all. I’ll cover my face up, not going to let him hit me. I need to bring my ‘A’ game and I will."
Of course, Gustafsson does respect Johnson enough to know that he brings serious punching and kicking power. "He’s a hell of a force," he conceded.
Twelve of Johnson’s eighteen career wins have come by way of KO. The former welterweight has managed to carry his power up with him to light heavyweight, in the past two years.
That said, the well-rounded and rangy contender believes that he’ll simply have more ways to win inside the Octagon tonight. "I’m a better fighter than ‘Rumble,’" he said.
"I’ve got too many tools for him."
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