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Johnny Fisher v Alen Babic - Tale of the Tape: Weight, height, reach, trainer & professional boxing records

We analyse the credentials and statistics of Johnny Fisher and Alen Babic as the two heavyweights get set for what promises to be an enthralling blue-riband division dust-up this weekend.

Johnny Fisher v Alen Babic

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In the land of boxing there are an assortment of labels glued to fighters until they can shake them off.

The journeyman, the prospect, the contender, the nearly man and the gatekeeper. For this article we shall focus on the latter.

Alen Babic is no Gandalf the Grey (bear with me), but in his role as gatekeeper on Saturday 6th July, against prospect Johnny Fisher (who I’m not calling Balrog), the Croat is exactly the type of character to shout “You shall not pass!”

Lord of the Rings references aside, however, heavyweight tower Johnny Fisher is looking to continue his run towards becoming a heavyweight king in front of a boxing fellowship at the Copper Box, but who will win?

Let’s look at the 'Tale of the Ring – Tape', I mean Tape!

Johnny Fisher v Alen Babic
Tale of the Tape

TOTT

Johnny Fisher

Alen Babic

Odds:

1/7

9/2

Age:

25

33

Nickname:    

'The Romford Bull'

'The Savage'

Height:

6ft 4ins

6ft 1ins

Reach:

76ins

73ins

Weight:

Heavyweight

Heavyweight

Trainer:

Mark Tibbs

Packie Collins

Record:

11-0 (10 KOs)

12-1 (11 KOs)

Last Fight:

Won - (TKO) v Dmytro Bezus (February 2024)

Won - (TKO) v Steve Robinson (March 2024)

Johnny Fisher
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Strengths and weaknesses in a fighter will change over the years.

As a prospect, you can be guilty of trying too hard to impress particularly when you have a fanbase in its thousands.

Johnny Fisher and his ‘Romford Army’ have made some noise in the British heavyweight division and, on 6th July, they’ll turn it up to 11 when Alen Babic and his Croat support are in the Copper Box for what - on paper - looks like a fun and brief match-up.

11 fights and 10 KOs are a typical looking record for a heavyweight novice. Fisher can punch, he can finish, he carries power and he’s not afraid to get stuck in.

And in these learning stages of a career that is usually enough to beat your opposition.

But in time, Fisher needs to separate himself from being known as a great ticket seller and someone who says “Bosh” with his father by his side.

Taking on Babic is deemed a risk at this stage by the sales team at Matchroom, but it really shouldn’t be.

By now we know what Babic does well and doesn’t do well, and if Fisher is serious about this fight, and future main events, he will expose his opponent for his failings and end the fight in the first three rounds.

Strengths:

Weaknesses:

Aggressive

Raw

Good finisher

Can be gung-ho

Body punching

Attacks from distance

Varies attacks

Over-eager

Alen Babic
In Profile

Back in the days of Matchroom’s Prizefighter competition, Alen Babic would have been the ideal participant.

Three rounds of crash, bang, wallop - a trophy and a five-figure sum to the winner.

Babic was your typical three-round fighter, the horse that was quick over four furlongs but not five or six.

Nowadays, with 13 fights under his belt, there’s more to Babic than his ringwalk, some funny soundbites and heavy hands.

The 33-year-old is trying to refine what he is about but his ‘Savage’ persona is always knocking at the door in his head.

The heavyweight was introduced to fight fans during Covid, when Eddie Hearn was trying to fill the Matchroom back garden with fights, and Babic was a very rough, well-hidden gem.

His all-action style was fun to watch and now, four years on, his only loss to date has been against bridgerweight Lukasz Rozanski, in April 2023.

The one-round loss was embarrassing to say the least, and, let’s not forget, this is the same Rozanski who lasted less than a round with Lawrence Okolie last month.

Babic’s level is now in front of him and if he is to continue receiving call-ups from Matchroom he needs to beat Fisher or at least give a good account of himself.

The worry is he will revert to type and walk into a booming shot from the Englishman and the word ‘Savage’ will make it’s way that bit closer to the exit.

Strengths:

Weaknesses:

Pressure fighting

Neglects his boxing skills

Work-rate

Predictable

Hooks

Defence

Heart

Heavy footed

All odds displayed within this article were correct at the time of writing and are subject to fluctuation. 

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