Johnny Nelson is a former WBO Cruiserweight champion who held the title for seven years and had 13 successful defences.
He is now a boxing pundit for Sky Sports with a wealth of experience and knowledge. I was fortunate enough to catch up with the man at the Ricky Burns weigh-in in Glasgow.
During our conversation, we discussed the major talking points in boxing today - from Fury and Klitscho, to McGregor and Mayweather. Here is what he had to say:
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On Canelo dropping the middleweight title
“It’s a bit odd, a bit odd, you know does it mean he’s avoiding a fight with Golovkin? What does it mean?
“Or is he saying it’s to help negotiations, if that’s the case good on him. He’s basically done a Mayweather saying ‘the belt don’t matter it’s about me and you.’ But if it’s for him to not fight Golovkin next, then that doesn’t bode well for him.
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"After Golovkin’s fight and after Canelo’s fight they both started shouting at each other…This fight can be made. If he has dropped the belt to make it easier to be made, good on him! That to me, then the belt doesn’t matter, if that’s the case, which I think is the case.”
Fury vs Klitschko rematch
“Well I’ve always said after the first time I think Fury beats him a second time but inside the distance.
"My only issue is this: Fury kinda trained for 10 months in the build up to the first fight, now he’s living like a champion, so how’s that affected his health and commitment and his preparation for training?
“I think if he trains for their fight like he did for the 1st fight I think Fury stops him.”
McGregor vs Mayweather - would Floyd dominate?
“Yes...I’m a fan of Conor McGregor but this is a boxing match – Mayweather will school him.
"Mayweather goes into his world to fight him, McGregor would smash him. You got to rate McGregor for saying ‘You know what, we ain’t got to fight we’ll box.’ You got to rate him because it takes a lot to do this. But Mayweather is the king of the ring – he’s done it all his life.
“McGregor can fight, he can scrap and that’s what takes them (his opponents) out, but it’s about styles and when it comes to boxing I’d have to side with Mayweather, but I’m a massive fan of Conor McGregor.”
At that we shook hands and went our separate ways. I must admit that it was a fantastic rush meeting an ex-world champion and someone who has interviewed the biggest names in boxing.
The impression I got from meeting Johnny in person is that he is a genuinely nice guy, very knowledgeable and generous to his fans. I wish him all the best with his future career.
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