Glen Johnson: No Problems Making 168, I Expect To Win

By Keith Idec

“The Road Warrior” won’t retire anytime soon.

Glen Johnson will turn 43 in two months and is 2-3 over the last two years. He hopes, however, to prove that he’s still capable of beating elite-level opponents, beginning Saturday night in Quebec City against unbeaten IBF super middleweight champ Lucian Bute (Showtime; 9 p.m. EDT; 6 p.m. PDT).

“I have plans on going on and moving forward,” Johnson said. “I feel great. I look to put on a tremendous performance [against Bute]. I expect to come out of the fight victorious. For me, it doesn’t have anything to do with age. I feel great and I’m just looking forward to putting on a great fight.”

His age isn’t the only remarkable number concerning Johnson (51-15-2, 35 KOs). The Jamaican-born, Miami-based boxer is extremely rare in that he actually has been able to move down in weight at an advanced age.

The former undisputed light heavyweight champ left the 175-pound division a little over a year ago to participate in Showtime’s “Super Six World Boxing Classic,” a super middleweight tournament.

“I have no problems making the weight,” Johnson said. “The weight is not an issue. We’ve made the weight the same way when we came to this class. We’ve made it fairly easy and it’s getting easier each time, so weight is not an issue.

Johnson is 1-1 in that division, though his last 168-pound fight wasn’t nearly as competitive as most of his fights.

Despite that judge Nobuaki Uratani somehow scored their 12-round fight even (114-114), England’s Carl Froch decisively defeated Johnson to retain his WBC super middleweight crown June 4 in Atlantic City. The scorecards of judges Mark Green (116-112) and John Stewart (117-111) were much more reflective of the action in the ring that night.

When asked how he performed against Froch (28-1, 20 KOs), who advanced to the “Super Six” final against Andre Ward (24-0, 13 KOs), Johnson said, “Poorly. I was very disappointed in what I was doing. It was a close fight and it was an exciting fight, and I know I have plenty more in me than what I showed him.”

Keith Idec covers boxing for the Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, N.J., and

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Jack Napier on 11-02-2011

Glen always has enough to be competitive he almost always comes up just short though don't expect this to be any different he'll probably push Bute to the limit but lose a close decision

Comment by ROSTAM on 11-02-2011

Pulling for Glen to beat seven shades out of this nancy boy.

Comment by MJ223 on 11-01-2011

WAR Glen!!!

Comment by uoykcuf on 11-01-2011

[QUOTE=*Boss*;11358757]I dont even know why this match is being done in the first place .... Total mismatch , Bute ko's Glen in the 8th round.[/QUOTE] Yeah right!

Comment by *Boss* on 11-01-2011

I dont even know why this match is being done in the first place .... Total mismatch , Bute ko's Glen in the 8th round.

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (15)
Top Headlines Golovkin's Coach: GGG Beats Kovalev, Ward and Stevenson David Lemieux: I'm Not 100% Satisfied With The Rios Win Klitschko Confirms Title Fight, Won't Confirm The Opponent Sergey Lipinets To Face Lenny Z on Charlo vs. Williams PBC Card Photos: David Lemieux Powers Past Cristian Fabian Rios Joseph Parker vs. Andy Ruiz Could Head To The United States Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. Dominik Britsch on December 10 Erik Morales, Marco Antonio Barrera No Longer Rivals - Photo Roy Jones: If No Canelo, Golovkin Must Take a Risk and Move Up! Video: Buboy Fernandez Breaks Down Pacquiao vs. Vargas Bout Video: Manny Pacquiao Discusses Camp, Vargas Fight, More Roy Jones Jr: I'm Addicted To Boxing, No Retirement Right Now Frankie Gavin Rules Out Retirement, Wants Eggington Rematch Parker's Promoter Faces Resistance on Funding For Ruiz Event Frank Warren Details Thoughts on WBA/WBO Heavyweight Belts Jorge Linares Targets Mikey Garcia, Hopes To Face Him in 2017 Judah: Brook Showed Golovkin is Not Invincible, Canelo Can Win Photos: Sam Eggington Drills Frankie Gavin in Birmingham War Photos: Craig Cunningham Shocks Anthony Ogogo By TKO Pacquiao's Co-Trainer Expects Vargas To Fall in Later Rounds Chavez Sr: My Son Will Continue Relationship With Al Haymon De La Hoya: I Knew Pacquiao Would Beat Me Up, I Was a Dead Man Provodnikov, Pirog, Avanesyan, Troyanovsky Part of Reality Show Eduardo Hernandez Blasts Out Victor Terrazas in Two Rounds Luis Nery Closes in on Title Shot at Bantamweight David Lemieux Dominates Cristian Fabian Rios, Wins Decision Steven Butler Crushes Trotter in One, Maduma is Upset Photos: Manny Pacquiao Mobbed as He Arrives in Los Angeles Kevin Lerena Edges Micki Nielsen: Budler, Van Heerden Win Mikey Garcia Aims To Make a Statement With Dejan Zlaticanin Vazquez: I Took 'Worst Deal of My Career' To Get Juanma in There Marquez: I Beat Pacquiao Four Times, No Reason For Fifth Time! Jamie Cox Outpoints Rios in Foul-Fest, Wins WBO Regional Belt Sam Eggington Drops, Batters Frankie Gavin for Knockout in Eight Craig Cunningham Drops, Shocks Anthony Ogogo For TKO Win Kal Yafai Wins, Faces Luis Concepcion on 12/10 in Manchester Sean Davis Edges Paul Economides For WBC Regional Title Hisashi Amagasa Wins Ten Round Decision Over Carlo Demecilo David Price: I Can Knock Joshua Out, Dropped Him Bad in Sparring Lemieux's Manager Confident Canelo Fight Can Be Made For May

Latest Active Forum Threads