Johnson plans to defeat Bute in Canada

By Francis Walker
Updated: August 22, 2011

NEW YORK, NY–(BASN) Glen Johnson is truly boxing’s “Road Warrior.”

The 42 year-old Jamaican continues to fight strongly against boxing’s best. On Saturday, November 5, Johnson (51-15-2, 35 KOs) will bring his class and experience to the Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City, Canada before challenging undefeated IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute (29-0, 24 KOs). The bout will be televised live on SHOWTIME beginning at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

Bute vs. Johnson will occur just one week after the final of the Super Six World Boxing Classic between WBA super middleweight champion, Andre Ward vs. WBC champion Carl Froch in Atlantic City.

Throughout his career, Johnson has taken advantage of every opportunity that has earned. Looking at Johnson’s record, he is closing in on 70 professional fights which is unheard of this day and age. Johnson, always one to fight hard and provide exciting fights, has been the victim of some terrible decisions. Fights that Johnson appeared to have won he lost because of his age. Certain people in boxing find it taboo that a fighter in their forties is beating fighters two-thirds his age.

Johnson, a true gentleman, is always humble and gracious for the opportunities given to fight.

“I’m extremely excited about this fight,” Johnson said. “You will see the best Glen Johnson of the past few years. I’m coming to Canada to derail the Bute train and bring the IBF belt back to the United States. My thanks to SHOWTIME for keeping me in the mix of the world-class super middleweights and for doing so much for my career.”

After a failed bid to regain the IBF light-heavyweight championship from Tavoris Cloud in 2010, Johnson surprised the boxing world by moving down to 168 to enter the Super Six World Boxing Classic in November 2010. Johnson, replacing an injured Mikkel Kessler, knocked out Allan Green impressively in round eight to advance to the semifinals, but lost a majority decision to Froch for the WBC title in June.

Johnson will be competing in his second straight world title bid and third consecutive televised bout on SHOWTIME. As determined Johnson is to win another world title, Bute, contracted to fight exclusively on SHOWTIME in the U.S., is eager to win impressively as well.

“I expect a very tough fight,” Bute said. “I know Glen, and he is an aggressive fighter who will put relentless pressure on me. Everybody knows I sparred with him in 2009, but sparring and fighting are different. I become another person during a fight and you can be sure I’ll have a few surprises for Glen.”

Originally from Romania, Bute, a native of Canada, has been world champion since 2007. A win over Johnson will place Bute amongst the top 168-pound fighters on the planet.

“This is a good challenge for me and beating Johnson is going to solidify my place among the elite in the super middleweight division,” Bute added.

Johnson will be competing in his tenth world title fight during the course of an 18-year professional career.

Boxing Meets Paradise

On Friday, August 19, at the Paradise Theater in the Bronx, NY, Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing and Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions showcased some of boxing’s upcoming prospects.

It was another entertaining night at the fights, as undefeated middleweight prospect Eddie Gomez (6-0, 5 KOs) thrilled his hometown audience by knocking out Marcus Hall (5-4-1, 2 KOs) at 2:00 of the first round. Gomez scored three knockdowns of what was easily a mismatch.

Unbeaten lightweight sensation Mike Perez (14-0-1, 8 KOs) KO’d Miguel Rodriguez (7-4, 3 KOs) at 49 seconds of round one.

Welterweights Rich Nieves and Latwon Halsey, both making their professional debuts, fought to an exciting 4-round draw. The three judges scored the bout officially 39-37 (Nieves) and 38-38 (twice).

Unbeaten lightweight prospect Mie Brooks (5-0, 1 KO) won a 6-round unanimous decision against a game Jamell Tyson (2-3-1, 1 KO). Brooks vs. Tyson (no relation to Iron Mike) was perhaps the most competitive bout on the card. Tyson proved to have a lot of game, good defensive skills, and moved his hands well. However, he didn’t have the power or the authority that Brooks commanded.

Tyson’s mouth piece fell out from his mouth five times. In New York, if a fighter’s mouthpiece falls out from their mouth three times a point is taken away. If a fighter’s mouth piece is knocked out from their mouth at any time and there isn’t a replacement mouthpiece, that fighter loses by TKO.

It wasn’t until Tyson’s mouthpiece fell out a fourth time before he was docked one point. The point deduction proved costly, as the judges scored the bout 58-55 and 57-56 (twice). The lost point cost Tyson a majority draw.

Lastly, Queens, NY resident Bordgod Washington (2-8) won his second consecutive decision by unanimously outpointing Todd Eriksson (3-7-2, 1 KO) through four rounds of their light-heavyweight battle. The judges scored the bout 39-37.

Erik Morales vs. Lucas Matthysse lands on “Star Power”

The September 17, “Star Power” Pay-Per-View show is rapidly approaching. The main event features the return of Floyd Mayweather, Jr. vs. Victor Ortiz for the WBC welterweight championship from the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas, NV.

Also, undefeated WBC super welterweight champion Saul Alvarez defends against Alfonso Gomez from Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA.

The third world title fight will feature the return of Lucas Matthysse, a victim of bad decision losses to Zab Judah and Devon Alexander. Matthysse, the hard-punching Argentine, will challenge Mexican legend Erik Morales for the vacant WBC super lightweight championship. Morales-Matthysse is a significant fight. Morales is the last man to ever defeat Manny Pacquiao on record. He is a former three division champion at 122, 126, and 130 pounds.

A victory against Morales erases the memory of the losses to Judah and Alexander. It will also mark Matthysse’s first world title – the WBC 140-pound championship.

“Everybody knows that those two losses were bad decisions against me,” Matthysse said. “I was robbed in both of those fights. We’re very happy right now to be fighting Erik Morales. We’re preparing ourselves. We’re fighting for the world title and we’ll be ready.”

Morales, having made a strong account of himself against hard-puncher Marcos Rene Maidana last spring, is ready for the challenge.

“Maidana was very strong,” Morales said. “Very difficult. Everything they said was true; it was correct. But I also showed what was correct is that I can compete with them all, with all of them, and I’m ready. I’m getting ready. I’m getting prepared and I will be able to compete. On paper Lucas Matthysse looks very good. He’s had tough opponents. He’s a very strong, very young fighter.”