2024 should be a massive year for Johnny Fisher as ‘The Romford Bull’ looks to take heavyweight boxing by storm.
Fisher (10-0 with 9 wins inside distance) is still some way from that level, but he is targeting a massive 12 months as he looks to build towards English and British title shots in the near future.
He starts that plan on Saturday in the fight capital of Las Vegas on the Conor Benn vs Peter Dobson undercard (live on DAZN) as he makes his Stateside debut vs tricky Ukrainian Dmytro Bezus (10-1 with 5 KOs).
‘Romford Bull’ on title plan
Fisher explained: “This year looks promising. We sat down with Eddie [Hearn] before Christmas, and you have a blueprint where you want to go. You don’t want to look too far ahead but we’re looking at the English and British.
“I won the Southern Area title against Harry [Armstrong], which is a great little title to win, it’s got a lot of history behind it, outside the boxing world it’s not well known but inside, it’s well respected and there’s always been good fights for it, Harry and I put on a good fight for it and won Southern Area title fight of the year for it.
“That was the first notch on the belt, but you want to keep building and get to English and British, because everyone’s aim is to win titles and eventually fight for a World title one day. Whether that’s three, four, five years down the line or you might get a shot in 18 months, you don’t know. you just have to keep winning and grafting, and we’re going in the right direction which is what matters.”
Fisher targets busy 2024
Fisher has not been out since that win over Armstrong last August, with injury forcing him to take the rest of the year off. He’s back now though, and hoping to stay very busy in 2024.
“I want three fights this year, but hopefully four. After the fight in August, I had a little hand injury which I had to rest.
“Obviously, it’s important to look after your hands as all boxers know, and I’m really diligent with that now. So hopefully if everything goes to plan, we’ll be looking at four fights – Vegas, then back in April or May, one at the end of the summer and then one before Christmas; that would be perfect.
“But plans don’t always go how you want them to, and you have to be ready that things won’t go your way, just like in a fight.”
Benn vs Dobson tops Vegas show
Fisher’s clash with Bezus is part of a Vegas card which features a number of British stars, topped by Welterweight star Benn locking horns with Dobson in the main event.
Benn’s Tony Sims’-trained Middleweight stablemates George Liddard and Jimmy Sains provide the Before the Bell action from 11am PT with Liddard meeting Andrew Buchanan over six rounds and Sains facing Alejandro Avalos over four.
Light-Heavyweight talent Khalil Coe kicks off the main card over eight rounds against Juan Gerardo Osunaand the co-main event sees Austin Williams defend his IBF North American Middleweight title against Armel Mbumba-Yassa.
What time is Fisher vs Bezus?
The action in Vegas starts very early on Saturday, at 1100 local time (1900 in the UK, 2000 CET in Europe and 1400 Eastern Standard Time).
Ring walks for Benn vs Dobson are expected to take place at around 1430 local time (2230 in the UK, 2330 in Central Europe and 1730 on the East Coast of the United States).