Monday, 26th August 2019

Please Respect Glen Johnson

Posted on 16. Aug, 2011 by FSM Staff in Boxing, General Sports

Please Respect Glen Johnson

Kelly Pavlik refuses to do it. Mikkel Kessler wants no part of it either. Both can use the money excuse all they want. None of them want to trade punches with Lucian Bute in Montreal any time soon. Has the electric Bute ran out of intriguing fight options? Not if you ask Glen “Road Warrior” Johnson. At 42 years young, Johnson lobbied hard to land a match against Bute in his own backyard – and he got one.

Most would look at Glen Johnson’s career record of 51-15-2 and dismiss him right away. Avid fight fans would not be so quick to brush him aside however. The Road Warrior always brings it. Always. With Pavlik and Kessler ducking Bute for the time being, Johnson is a worthy substitute.

I’ll admit Johnson didn’t pop up on my radar until his brutal upset knockout of Roy Jones Jr. circa 2004. He also beat Antonio Tarver that year in a split decision, earning the Ring Magazine Light Heavyweight title in the process. Since then Johnson has been involved in some great fights and some close decisions with the likes of Chad Dawson, Tavoris Cloud, and Carl Froch.

Now Johnson is focusing his attention to rising star Lucian Bute (29-0, 24 KO) for a November 5th bout in Canada. Bute’s IBF Super Middleweight title will be on the line. If the pattern of Johnson’s last six fights (alternating wins and losses) continues, the boxing world will have a new champion this fall. Whatever the outcome, Johnson deserves respect for continually fighting top notch opponents on their home turf.

Undoubtedly Glen Johnson will show up in great shape and ready to rumble. Does the Road Warrior have one last title-grabbing upset left in him?

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