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Johnson modern-day 'Cinderella Man'

As recently as last year, light heavyweight titlist Glen Johnson needed to moonlight as a construction worker to pay the bills. The 2004 "Fighter of the Year" is reaping the rewards of his labors.

Originally Published: June 14, 2005
By Steve Kim | MaxBoxing.com

On Dec. 18, 2004, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Glen Johnson outworked Antonio Tarver over 12 rounds to capture the light heavyweight championship of the world. It capped off a banner 2004 that also saw Johnson win the WBC strap against Clinton Woods in February and knock Roy Jones Jr. senseless in nine heats in September.

In every fight, Johnson had to travel far from his Miami home, and in every instance he came in as the proverbial "B-side" – the guy who comes in to fill out ...

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