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Glen Johnson: One Last Run Before Riding into the Sunset

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By Matthew Paras


When 43-year-old Glen Johnson steps into the ring against Andrzej Fonfara tonight, it will be his 70th fight as a professional. More importantly, “The Road Warrior” will once again venture into his opponent’s hometown of Chicago as he tries for one last run at glory.
 
“I have to come in here and perform at a high level to really achieve the things I want to achieve,” said Johnson. “I fell off a bit but now I’m on my way back up.”
 
Part of Johnson’s “fall off” was his move to 168 for Showtime’s “Super Six” tournament. Having fought at the weight class for the first time since 2000, Johnson impressively knocked out Allan Green in his first tournament outing. However, he was soon derailed with back-to-back losses to Carl Froch and Lucian Bute.

To make his way back to the top, Glen Johnson returns to light heavyweight to fight Polish prospect Andrzej Fonfara. Johnson says he doesn’t view the fight as a tune-up. “For me, it’s just a fight, I don’t categorize it in any way. It’s just a fight I have to get past and move to the next level,” he stated.
 
“[Fonfara] is a good aggressive fighter, pretty solid. He’s aggressive and comes forward, throws a lot of punches. He’s a tall guy and strong.”
 
If Johnson isn’t successful, he’s on the record stating he would retire. “It would make sense [to retire]. This is a fight I am supposed to win and if I can’t win this fight, I can’t see myself achieving what I want to achieve. There’s no need to keep moving forward.”
 
If this is the end of the road for the “Road Warrior,” the fighter will have wins over notable light heavyweights including Roy Jones and Antonio Tarver. The man with nearly 70 fights and a record of 51-16-2 (35) could have a legitimate shot at making the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
 
When asked if he belonged in Canastota’s hallowed Hall, Johnson was very modest. “I don’t really know too much about the Hall of Fame. I don’t really have any idea on how that works, really,” he stated. “Whoever those people who vote and those things, I’ll let them sort it out and see where I fit.”
 
There is a lot of “ifs” about Glen Johnson’s future but a lot will be clearer after tonight’s fight against Fonfara. Until then, the well-traveled veteran will do what he has always done –be determined and prepared for whatever lies ahead.
 
Questions and comments can be sent to Matt at mparas1432@gmail.com. You can follow him at www.twitter.com/Mparas1432.





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