If you wanted to find one of the hardest-working fighters in boxing look no further than Matchroom's newest Heavyweight hope, Johnny Fisher.
Fisher, who is looking forward to making his professional debut, had a whirlwind of an amateur career whilst being a student at the University of Exeter.
“It was really hard, in the second year of university I got back into the boxing and got into a routine with it, I was really disciplined with it I don’t drink, so I’d go training in the morning and do my university work and then train again in the evening and then back to the library late at night but it got really tough when I went to Las Vegas to train.
“After sparring late at night I’d work on my dissertation till about 1 am and then get up early and train, it got really hard in lockdown because going to Vegas meant delaying some of my assignments so I’d do them at like 4 am and then go to work with my dad, it was difficult but I got it done in the end.”
Whilst out in Vegas helping Joe Joyce prepare for his domestic showdown with Daniel Dubois before the fight was pushed back, Fisher got the opportunity to the work with the legendary trainer Ismael Salas.
“It was brilliant working with him just watching him work with Joe (Joyce) and picking up things, it was all about rotational power rather than just trying to muscle through with the shots and that can generate power for you as well and that’s something I can learn that I don’t have to throw everything into every punch and that was good to pick up for me.”
Fisher admitted that Vegas was a fantastic experience but that it was a learning experience and was not a party.
“It was brilliant we didn’t go out there to party or drink we went to the UFC TI which is a state of the art gym and they’ve got amazing recovery stuff there I just really enjoyed the routine of it all getting up and running in the canyons and then training afterwards it was just a great all-round experience and gave me a taste of what professional life is like.”
Fisher promises fans that they can expect big things from the Romford Bull.
“They can expect exciting fights, knockouts and big crowds and someone who’s always going, to be honest, and humble but someone who is always coming to fights and knowing what I’m capable of and someone who is going to give it his best and be in powerful, exciting fights.”
The 21-year-old has recently linked up with Mark Tibbs and says he is gelling nicely with the well-respected trainer.
“I’m with Mark Tibbs now, we did our first week of training last week and Sam Jones credit to him got in touch with Mark and it’s only fifteen minutes from where I live and we’re just gelling really well at the minute, he’s a great trainer so for someone like me to go and work with him is amazing really.”
The youngster was not in the loop with the whole Tibbs and Whyte split but acknowledged the work that the trainer did with Whyte.
“All I know is when he was with Mark he went 11-0 and was massively improved from the Joshua fight he beat Parker, Chisora and Rivas and you have to be a good fighter to be able to do that and if he could do that with me that would be really good but I’m out of the loop with anything to do with what went on behind the scenes or anything like that.”
Despite a quick but successful amateur career, Fisher has sparred the likes of Dave Allen and Joe Joyce and credits both.
“Joe Joyce is a brilliant fighter, a lot of people underestimate him but he’s very good at picking shots and I’ve seen him spar top fighters and he times himself so well and paces the fight excellently but David Allen as well I sparred with him for six rounds on the bounce before the Lucas Browne fight and he was in terrific shape and it was just really good to learn off of him and he just doesn’t stop coming forward either, he gives me advice and helps me a lot as well, he’s a top bloke and fighter.”
Having helped Joe Joyce prepare for the Dubois fight before it was delayed due to the pandemic Fisher believes that the Juggernaut is being overlooked in the fight.
“I think Joe is being underestimated massively in this fight, he’s got a granite chin but he’s also got the engine to take Daniel deep, I don’t know Daniel personally but he’s obviously got great power and it’s something Joe has to be wary of but I think Joe has what it takes, obviously it’s Heavyweight boxing I know it’s a cliché that it can go either way but we saw that in the Dillian Whyte fight, I just think Joes got the tools, the engine and the Olympic experience to beat him.”
The Romford man will be getting his own pro career up and running toward the end of the year after signing with Matchroom.
“It’s going to be November to December time it’s exciting times to be honest with you we should be back in front of crowds by November or December so I’ve got a lot of time to build I’ve got the tools I just need to get training properly, I’ve never had the benefit of having a great trainer in terms of over a long period of time I had someone called Jamie Williams a local trainer who was good to me but I was at university coming backwards and forwards, now I’ve got time to build with Mark up to that November-December time.”
Fisher has a big following and is a popular man but if fans aren’t allowed in the arena, he doesn’t envisage it being an issue for him on the night.
“It won’t affect me I’ve always brought a lot of fans with me from where I live and university but at the end of the day I could go anywhere and fight anyone and it won’t change the fact that it’s just two men in a ring, it’ll be a different environment and a different atmosphere but you’ve got to learn like a pro to fight in different arenas and different scenarios and I’m looking forward to it.”
Fisher admitted that the time was right to go pro and give it a real go.
“Well I came out of university and I needed to look for a job really especially in this climate I can’t just sit on my laurels with lockdown and with the pandemic there weren’t many jobs and I thought there’s no better time to turn over with no amateur championships for the next two years, Sam Jones shared something that said ‘sometime tomorrow turns into never’ and you have to take your opportunities, it might not always be the right time but you’ve got to make the most of what you’re given.
“Now I’m with Mark Tibbs and I’ve got a great manager and great promotional deal I know that I’ve made the right decision to turn professional.”
Fisher has the power but lacks the experience, he won his ten amateur fights, ending nine inside the first round. With Matchroom, Mark Tibbs and Sam Jones in his corner, the future certainly looks bright for this hard-working heavyweight hopeful.