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Johnny Fisher odds: Heavyweight prospect 1/4 to stop Alen Babic and maintain title charge

The rapid rise of the ‘Romford Bull’ continues this summer as Johnny Fisher faces the biggest fight of his career to date when he battles, the dangerous, Alen Babic, at the Copper Box Arena on Saturday night.

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The rapid rise of the ‘Romford Bull’ continues this coming weekend as Johnny Fisher faces the biggest fight of his career to date when he battles, the dangerous, Alen Babic, at the Copper Box Arena.

The affable Londoner has built a large following as result of his personality and fan-friendly style.

However, had it not been for a twist of fate, the 25-year-old could have pursued a career as a historian, rather than as a boxing pugilist.

Fisher (11-0, 10 KOs) had been on course to achieve First Class Honours in his history degree at Exeter University, but when he opportunistically contacted Sam Jones, manager of Joe Joyce, his life changed trajectory.

The heavyweight had been boxing sporadically since he was six, but had amassed just 10 bouts in the unpaid ranks, with only four coming as a senior.

As he got older, Fisher focussed his attentions on rugby, but during the second year of his degree, he reached out to Jones, who offered him the opportunity to spar the Rio 2016 Olympic silver medallist.

Despite being raw, the ‘Romford Bull’ impressed Joyce and Jones, to the extent where Fisher played a key part in the preparation of the ‘The Juggernaut’ ahead of his battle with Daniel Dubois.

It was a once in a lifetime chance for a student, with limited amateur pedigree, and as such, it was one Fisher could not refuse.

During the training camp in Las Vegas, rather than resting after a hard day of sparring, the Englishman would work on his dissertation.

The lack of access to relevant literature meant that Fisher ultimately had to settle for a 2:1, but the gamble paid off as Jones signed him up as a professional.

From his pro debut, Fisher had a large following. Explosive performances, broadcasted live on, firstly, Sky and then DAZN have caused his fan base to swell.

Perhaps more so than his in-ring exploits, the way the ‘Romford Bull’ conducts himself on social media and in the local community plays a large part in his popularity.

Despite being a savvy user of X (formerly Twitter) and Instagram, there is an old-school feel to the way Fisher has built his fanbase.

He uses ‘The Rabbits’ pub as an unofficial head quarters for the ‘Bull Army’ and regularly connects with supporters after fights, whilst his utilisation of apps alongside a more grass-roots approach has also paid dividends as he brings a vociferous crowd along to each of his fights.

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Fisher’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, claims that his charge is now, and has been for some time, the biggest ticket seller in the country.

The Romford man’s father ‘Big’ John plays a pivotal role in the ticketing operation, taking and delivering orders.

John Sr has built his own cult following on social media as a result of his larger-than-life character, extravagant Chinese takeaway orders and, of course, his catchphrase; ‘Bosh!’

It remains to be seen whether Fisher’s popularity exceeds his ability, but he does appear to be developing under the tutelage of Mark Tibbs.

Most importantly, the ‘Romford Bull’ is level-headed and is acutely aware of the fact that he is a work in progress.

In an age where prospects proclaim their intentions to become undisputed world champions after a handful of bouts, the Londoner’s outlook is a breath of fresh air.

Although Fisher has technical limitations at this stage of his career, he possesses fight-ending power. Joyce maintains his sparring partner hits harder than, IBF ‘Interim’ champion, Daniel Dubois.

His opponents thus far can attest to the fact that the novice packs a punch, with only Gabriel Enguema hearing the final bell.

In August 2023, Fisher captured the Southern Area heavyweight title with a seventh-round knockout victory over Harry Armstrong.

At this point in time, it is difficult to predict who high Fisher’s potential ceiling is, but with his ticket-selling ability and vaunted power, it is likely he will at least challenge for a British title in the next 18 months, or so.

Perhaps, we will know more after his battle with Babic, because, like Fisher, all bar one of the Croatian’s victories have come by way of knockout.

‘The Savage’ lives up to his moniker by employing an all-action style.

However, such aggression leaves him vulnerable, as he discovered to his detriment when he challenged Lukasz Rozanski for the WBC bridgerweight belt. The Pole halted Babic in the opening round.

Despite that defeat, Babic remains dangerous, and make no mistake about it, this is a fight that is almost certain to end well inside the scheduled distance.

Just don't blink, or else you may miss it.

Johnny Fisher v Alen Babic

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