Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Glen Johnson gives it one more go
By Dan Rafael
Glen Johnson is 43 and has lost three of his past four bouts, but the former light heavyweight champ and semifinalist in the super middleweight Super Six World Boxing Classic believes he isn't done just yet.
In his most recent fight, he battled elbow problems in a lopsided loss to then-super middleweight titlist Lucian Bute in November. But in the fight before that, Johnson gave Carl Froch everything he could handle in a majority decision loss in the Super Six semis, and then Froch went on to knock out Bute in May.
Known as the "Road Warrior," Johnson (51-16-2, 35 KOs) hopes to live up to his nickname on the Chicago home turf of Andrzej Fonfara (21-2, 12 KOs), a native of Poland who will be the crowd favorite in a scheduled 10-round light heavyweight bout that headlines "Friday Night Fights" (10 ET, ESPN2, ESPN3.com) at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago.
"Training went well," said Johnson, who is returning to light heavyweight for the fight. "I feel good. I'm going to come out and look good. I feel sharp right now. I'm feeling real relaxed and energetic. I'm excited about going out there and showing the things I can do and re-establishing myself.
"[Fonfara is] a big, aggressive kid, who uses his jab and comes forward with the right hand and the hook. He's just an aggressive guy, basically. I love aggressive guys. They create good fights for the people."
Johnson, of Miami, said he didn't want to go out with such a poor performance against Bute. He wanted to give boxing at least one more shot to see if he can still perform.
"I like the challenge," he said. "I'm excited about going out there and doing the things I do. I'm still able to do it at a high level. People are still excited about seeing me perform, so that's another plus. Mostly, I keep doing it because I'm still enjoying it, [but] if I lose to a guy like this, then that would tell me exactly the opposite of all I just said -- that I'm sharp and ready to go and can still do it on a high level. If I lose, I probably won't want to do it anymore."
But Johnson said he is confident that he'll fight well and win Friday.
"The way I'm feeling right now, I think I will stop this guy, but it's always easier said from the outside looking in," he said. "I just want to get in there and see exactly what's happening and then I'll put my shots in the right spots. I really think I'll stop him."