By Ryan Burton
2004 Fighter of the Year Glen "The Road Warrior" Johnson recently paid a visit to The Boxing Lab, BoxingScene's official audio show to speak about his recent decision to retire. The interview can be listened to here: http://tobtr.com/s/3420761
Johnson spoke on a variety of topics including the controversial losses that make up a large portion of his loss ledger. Johnson spoke in depth on the two losses in particular that bother him.
"I had a lot of them (controversial losses). I would say Silvio Branco (was the worst). Anyone with half an eye knows I beat Silvio Branco. You don't need two good eyes. Just half of one and you can see I won. Also the first Chad Dawson fight. I don't know if that was the worst but it definitely hurt," Johnson told us on the Boxing Lab.
The Road Warrior fought most of the top fighters of his generation but there is one name missing from his resume that he wishes he could have faced and in fact was supposed to face on multiple occasions.
"Sven Ottke is the guy I wish I fought. I was set to fight him three times and he weaseled out of all of them. I also wanted the (Bernard) Hopkins rematch. I really wanted to fight him again," Johnson revealed.
He went on to say that the Hopkins loss, his first as a pro, was by far the toughest fight of his career. The loss was the only time Johnson would be stopped in his lengthy career.
"My toughest fight is always going to be Bernard Hopkins. At the time I was a young undefeated fighter and you think you can't be beat.
"I learned a lot from that fight and I was humbled to go back to the gym and train harder. I've never been hurt like that before. I think it was the first or second punch."
Johnson finished our interview by saying that he doesn't see himself becoming a trainer, at least not for professional fighters. He would however be happy to pass on the knowledge that he has acquired through out his career to other fighters.
"I would rather be a trainer for businessmen that want to stay in shape more so than to train with other boxers. I don't think I would want to train other fighters but of course I would pass on any knowledge I have to fighters when I am in the gym."
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