Johnson tells Mackey ‘put up or shut up’
Guardian Sports Reporter
Published: Aug 19, 2013
An open challenge for The Bahamas’ super middleweight title was sent to Jermaine ‘Choo Choo’ Mackey by Taureano Johnson who told him to “put the title where his mouth is”.
Even though he fights in the middleweight division, Johnson said he is more than willing to move up in class and win the prestigious title. According to Johnson, Mackey does not deserve the title and needs to hand it over.
“If I could fight anyone right now, I mean anyone, it will be Jermaine ‘Choo Choo’ Mackey,” said Johnson. “He has what I want and I am coming for it. I want The Bahamas title and he’s got it. He is the highest name right now in the country and I need that. I would like to expose that he is not deserving of the title or name. I need them, want them and I am more than willing to step up in his weight class to get them.
“Choo Choo is a really, really nice guy, a gentleman and I like him but we all know nice guys don’t make it in the ring. He is in arms reach, just one weight class up from what I fight in. I have no problem going to the super middleweight division. Right now I am in the middleweight and don’t have a problem with going up to his class. It is about going after what I want, and I want the title.”
Mackey, the current titleholder of the Bahamian supermiddle weight belt, was stripped of the British Commonwealth, the World Boxing Association (WBA) and World Boxing Council (WBC) titles in 2009 after losing to Adonis ‘Superman’ Stevenson. The 12-round bout with Stevenson took place in Belle Centre, Montreal, Canada. He was knocked out in the fifth round.
Mackey’s last fight was against Yunieski Gonzalez, held in August of last year at the Doubletree Miamimart Hotel, in Miami, Florida. The 10-round bout was handed to Gonzalez. As for Johnson, the last fight with Willie Fortune was held on February 22, 2013. The eight round bout that took place in the Morongo Casino Resort and Spa, in Cabazon, California, was handed to Johnson. That win was the 14 for Johnson who made his professional debut in 2010. The Bahamian fighter has a blemish free win/loss record of 14 (Knockouts 10). The two fights prior to Fortune were Technical Knockouts (TKO) recorded in the third and first round on Morla Jose and Jonali Reyes, respectively.
Johnson said: “It is now up to him. I don’t know if he is ready to retire but if he steps into the ring with me, I guarantee that it will be his last fight. I don’t think I can take him. I know that I can take him. He is a worthy opponent and I think that he is very smart if he chooses not to step into the ring. It won’t go the distance, but I am willing to give the crowd a show. I have no problems taking him to deep waters and exposing him. I think it is just a matter of Choo Choo and I sitting down and negotiating. He’s a guy who has never won outside of The Bahamas and I am always winning outside of the country. So why not bring us two into the ring.
“Now he is able to fight a Bahamian who has never lost outside of The Bahamas either so it will be an interesting fight, one that will give him some more respect. Actually fighting home and a credible fighter should mean a lot to Mackey. Bahamians deserve to see a quality fight with two of the country’s best.”
Johnson said he will approach Mackey and his management team in the upcoming weeks, hoping to get the ball rolling.