Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing, in a continuing quest to bring the best talent in boxing to fight fans around the world, is pleased to announce the signing of unbeaten heavyweight prospect Kevin ‘The Kingpin’ Johnson to a promotional deal. “I am thrilled we where chosen by Kevin, who had practically every major promoter vying for him. I am confident that Kevin Johnson is the future world heavyweight champion,” said Star Boxing’s Joe DeGuardia. “He has all the physical tools, but more importantly, he’s got the heart and drive to be the best. We’re pleased to have this charismatic young man on the Star Boxing team, and we’re ready to unleash him on a heavyweight division in dire need of a star.”
Johnson will return to the ring on Star Boxing's next ESPN2 show on March 31 at Mohegan Sun against an opponent to be named. Born and raised in Asbury Park, New Jersey, the 26-year-old Johnson (8-0-1, 5 KOs) has been one of the most highly sought after heavyweights in the world ever since a 2004 campaign that saw him defeat veteran contender Robert Wiggins and battle to a highly controversial draw with unbeaten contender Timor Ibragimov.
Since then, the 6-5 boxer-puncher – a New Jersey State Golden Gloves champion who compiled a 14-2 amateur record - impressed boxing observers with a shutout decision win over fellow prospect William Cook, and sandwiched that victory with devastating first round stoppages of Karl Evans and Robert Kooser, the most recent being on Star Boxing show 5 weeks ago.
Outside the ring, Johnson, who cites his mother as his biggest inspiration, works in real estate and property management in his home state, and is the proud single parent of a six-year-old daughter, Fatima, who he has been raising since the death of her mother in 2002.