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Boxer, Glen Johnson retires after loss to Andrzej Fonfara on ESPN's "Friday Night Fights".
Glen Johnson vs. Andrzej Fonfara.
Last night on ESPN's "Friday Night Fights", veteran boxer Glen Johnson stepped into the ring to face Polish boxer, Andrzej Fonfara. The bout took place in Chicago, Illinois at the UIC Pavilion. Fonfara, who fights out of Chicago was the local crowd favorite going into the bout. Fonfara(age 24) also had a significant age advantage over the veteran Johnson heading into the fight. Glen Johnson(aged 43) stated before the bout that if he would most likely retire if he lost the fight. After 10 rounds of boxing, the judges awarded Andrzej Fonfara the victory by unanimous decision. Two of the judges had the bout scored 97-93 for Fonfara, while the third judge saw it 99-91.
Glengoffe(Glen) Johnson was born on January 2, 1969 in Clarendon, Jamaica. He was nicknamed "The Road Warrior", and "Gentleman" for always carrying himself in a classy in professional way for a boxer. Johnson is a former IBF and The Ring light heavyweight champion. He is mostly remembered for his shocking knockout victory over the great Roy Jones Jr. Other notable victories for Johnson include wins over Antonio Tarver, Montell Griffin, and Allen Green. Before entering the bout with Fonfara, Johnson had lost 3 out of his last 4 bouts. Two of those losses were to Carl Froch and Lucian Bute. Basically Johnson has fought all levels of competition.
Johnson and Fonfara stare down.
Thoughts on the fight.
Although Johnson lost the bout to Fonfara, I personally had this fight scored a draw. Fonfara was the more active and busier fighter, and that was expected with him having a 19 year age advantage over Johnson. However, Johnson landed the cleaner more effective punches throughout the fight in my opinion. Johnson's jab was especially on point as he out landed Fonfara in jabs. However, Fonfara had the higher work rate and landed more punches overall than Johnson. Johnson's age started to really show in the final three rounds. He looked very tired and winded. The hometown advantage maybe helped Fonfara with the judges a little, but I don't see how anyone could have scored the fight 99-91 for Fonfara.
Johnson announced his retirement from boxing not long after his fight with Fonfara. It appears that the older fighters are starting to get out of the sport one bout to at time. Glen Johnson ends his career with a record of 70 total fights, 51 wins(35 by knockout), 17 losses, and 2 draws. Glen Johnson was one of the more respectable and likable fighters in boxing. His prescence will definitely be missed throughout boxer. I wish him all the best in his future endeavors.