Chad beats the Road Warrior

By Tom Donelson, BASN Staff Reporter
Updated: November 8, 2009

Chad Dawson defeated Glen Johnson decisively in their rematch Saturday night in Hartford.

Chad Dawson defeated Glen Johnson decisively in their rematch Saturday night in Hartford.

IOWA CITY (BASN) — Glen Johnson is the ultimate road warrior.

A fighter better than his record and one who has fought most of the elite Light Heavyweights.

He lost a close battle with Chad Dawson in their previous fight that some felt that he actually won.

Throughout Johnson’s career, he often lost close battles to other elite heavyweights and many of those fights could have gone the other way. Only one fighter ever stopped him and that was Bernard Hopkins when they were both Middleweights eons ago.

What made Johnson’s reputation was his ninth round knockout of Roy Jones, Jr. in 2004 and subsequent victory over Antonio Tarver.

He would lose to Tarver in a rematch but his reputation was set as an elite fighter.

This past Saturday, he had his chance to avenge his loss against Dawson, possibly the best light heavyweight in the world.

At the age of 40, he still has plenty of left in his engine.

D awson just came off winning his last two fights against Tarver and now he had his unfinished business against Johnson.

He wanted to send a message throughout the light heavyweight world by beating Johnson.

Dawson’s strength showed against Tarver in the second bout as he used his speed to dominate Tarver.

He showed the ability to study an opponent as he learned from that bout with Tarver. He looked to show what he learned from his first bout with Johnson.

The first fight featured Alfredo Angulo and Harry Joe Yorgey. Yorgey came into the fight undefeated with only one draw over 23 fights, but with 10 knockouts in 22 victories.

Yorgey depends upon his boxing skills, not his power.

On the other hand, Angulo is about his power. His only lost came to Kermit Cintron, who used boxing skills to frustrate him.

Yorgey hoped to repeat the same pattern to defeated Angulo.

In the first round, Angulo straight power shots had the most effect as he stalked Yorgey throughout the round.

Angulo forced Yorgey on the rope as his side to side movement did little to deter Angulo’s pursuit.

When Yorgey hit Angulo, he continued to move forward.

In the second round, Yorgey nailed Angulo with a beautiful left hook in the opening minute but it did little to hurt Angulo.

A minute latter, the attacking Angulo nailed Yorgey with a right that led to a barrage that sent him down for an eight count.

Yorgey got back up but he simply became a punching bag as he looked wobbled and ready to go.

He attempted to fight back but he couldn’t withstand Angulo’s power.

Yorgey’s courage wouldn’t allow him to quit but his heart could not make up for the lack of power.

His attack was not coordinated as he attempted fight off Angulo and resistance proved futile.

As Yorgey retreated to the corner, Angulo’s left hook nailed him and as Angulo right went toward Yorgey’s face, he was already out.

The right sent Yorgey down but he was already lights out.

Angulo showed that he was ready to challenge the elites of the junior Middleweights with this victory. As for Yorgey, he demonstrated that while he had heart and courage, he lacks the power to fight with the elites of the division nor did he have the speed to escape the more powerful opponent.

In the main event, Johnson attacked from the opening bell as Dawson moved to avoid the Johnson barrage while countering accurate.

In the second round, Dawson nailed Johnson as he moved in.

Johnson inched closer but his timing was off as the Dawson straight left proved the best punch as oppose to Johnson’s right, which rarely made contact.

Dawson ended the round with combination that included his classic straight left and a right hand hook.

After the fourth round, Johnson’s corner told their fighter, “You are losing the fight,” and Johnson appeared surprise but Johnson became even more aggressive but it was still largely ineffectual.

Throughout the fifth round, Dawson moved more to escape the stalking Johnson as Johnson decided to push the issue.

Dawson was not as effective himself throughout this round but he still deliver the cleaner blows.

In the sixth round, Dawson started strong with combinations but in the middle of the round, Johnson finally connected with a solid right to the head and had his best offensive streak.

This streak ended in the last minute as Dawson snapped Johnson’s head back with a solid left in the round before winning the rest of round. At the end of the eighth round, HBO’s Jim Lampley observed that this was the closet Glen Johnson looked his age as he consistently seemed one half steps behind.

Dawson unleashed the more fierce body shots than the smaller and more aggressive Johnson.

In the opening of the 10th round, Dawson unleashed a series of combinations including body shots before nailing Johnson’s head.

In the final round, Dawson took his foot off the gas and played four corners as Johnson went for broke. While Johnson won the last round just due to activity. The judges had the fight closer on their scorecard than what happened in the ring but at least it was unanimous decision.

I had this fight 119-109, 11 rounds to one but judges had the fight 115-113, 115-113, 117-111.

I guess they liked the idea that Johnson moved forward throughout the fight even he missed most of his punches.

The big debate after the fighter among HBO’s announcers what did this prove for Dawson?

Emanuel Steward viewed this fight as impressive as Johnson fought a good fight but was up against young fighter with superior hand speed.

Max Kellerman theorized that Johnson age may take the tarnish off this fight.

I agree with Steward this was an impressive performance considering that Johnson nearly upset Dawson in their first fight last year.

Dawson is one of those fighters who have shown himself against the best including former Cruiserweight champion Tomas Adamek but yet no one really accept him as the best light heavyweight.

They should.