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Boxer, Glen Johnson retires after loss to Andrzej Fonfara on ESPN's "Friday Night Fights".

Updated on September 12, 2012

Glen Johnson.

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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.

Glen Johnson.

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.

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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.

Retirement.

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.

References:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glen_Johnson_(boxer)

http://www.boxingscene.com/forums/view.php?pg=johnson-fonfara-compubox

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrzej_Fonfara

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    • prospectboy profile imageAUTHOR

      Bradrick H. 

      5 years ago from Texas

      Hey there BoxinFan. I agree with you regarding Glen Johnson. I really was hoping he would be able to retire with a win. Glad that he was around for us to enjoy. Thanks for viewing, and leaving great feedback.

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      BoxinFan 

      5 years ago

      Glen Johnson was one of the best to step in the squared circle. Only a handful of boxers of his calibre are produced. True warriors like Mike Mccallum, Mickey Ward and Emanuel Augustus. Glad I was around to watch him boxe.

    • prospectboy profile imageAUTHOR

      Bradrick H. 

      5 years ago from Texas

      Hey NateB11. Hows it going my man? Yea Glen Johnson wasn't an extremely popular fighter, but he never dodged anyone. He had some great victories in his career, but he also lost plenty of fights. However, all of his losses were to great fighters. It's also interesting that you mentioned Pacquiao and Ray Leonard as two fighters you like. I like them both as well. They both carry themselves in a professional manner. Anyway, thanks for your detailed feedback, and for taking out the time to read this hub. I appreciate it a lot.

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      Bradrick H. 

      6 years ago from Texas

      I agree with you on the 99-91 score S. Graveson. I respect your thoughts and opinions on how you saw the fight as well. It did indeed look as if Glen was ready to go down in the final round. It was sad watching that because I like Glen Johnson. At any rate he had a great career, and shouldn't hang his head down about the loss. Thanks again for your valued feedback.

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      S.Graveson 

      6 years ago from Cumbria, UK

      The 99-91 scores were awful but I did feel personally that Fonfara won it around 96-94 maybe 97-93 at the absolute most. Fonfara seemed to have him ready to go in the final round which is a shame and probably the most clear reason as to when Glen needs to hang 'em up.

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      Nathan Bernardo 

      6 years ago from California, United States of America

      I haven't watched Glen Johnson fight yet, but if he knocked out Roy Jones, Jr. he must be good. As far as the fight you describe here that he had with Fonfara: Unfortunately, judges often judge rounds according to quantity of punches, not quality of punches. It's unusual for a boxer to fight into their 40s, especially with the kind of stamina and strength it takes to be a boxer. I also like boxer's who are respectable and likable, such as Pacquiao and Sugar Ray Leonard. Enjoyed this hub very much!

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