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Glen Johnson, Future Hall of Famer: Not One of the G.O.A.T.s but Perhaps the Best

by on Jul.20, 2012, under Boxing News

By Sam Geraci


Glen Johnson (photo by Juan C. Ayllon)

Glen Johnson (photo by Juan C. Ayllon)

On July 13, 2012, Glen “The Road Warrior” Johnson announced his retirement after rising prospect Andrzej Fonfara convincingly outpointed him in Chicago in front of an overwhelmingly pro-Fonfara crowd.

 If the fight was Johnson’s last, and there hasn’t been any indication in the past week to suggest otherwise, what a typical Johnson-like fight to go out on: on the road against a young, tall, and hungry prospect in a fight most big names who are due for one more big payday, especially Johnson, shouldn’t have taken. (continue reading…)

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Glen Johnson Talks Priot to Tonight’s Fight vs. Andrzej Fonfara at the UIC Pavilion

by on Jul.13, 2012, under Boxing News

Interview by Sam Geraci

Photo of Glen Johnson by Juan C. Ayllon

Photo of Glen Johnson by Juan C. Ayllon

“The best guys need to compete against a certain level of fighter…don’t listen to the commentators most of the time.”

 – Glen Johnson

CHICAGO, IL — The following interview with Glen Johnson took place on July12th, 2012 at the Palmer House in Chicago immediately before Johnson made weight for his July 13th fight against Andrzej Fonfara at the UIC Pavilion.

SG: Let’s get right to it. What happens after this fight assuming that you win?

 GJ: We’ll look at the fight and then see who wants to fight.They got Bernard Hopkins out there and we’ll see if he’s interested. Certainly,there is Kelly Pavlik. We’ll see. He says he wants to make another step up sowe’ll see.

 SG: How much longer doyou intend to fight?

 GJ: It all depends on how I’m feeling. I don’t really have atime slot. It could be in the next fight or it could be two more fights; Idon’t know maybe a year or two years later. (continue reading…)

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Oquendo on Arreola, Mayweather-Pacquiao and More!

by on Jun.04, 2012, under Boxing News

Interview and Photo by Sam Geraci

Oquendo (left) poses with two of his amateur fighters at Chicago Fight Club, Rico Gonzalez and Devin Wittenberg

Oquendo (left) poses with two of his amateur fighters at Chicago Fight Club, Rico Gonzalez and Devin Wittenberg

CHICAGO — Fresh off his impressive ninth round TKO of Joey Abell on May 25th, heavyweight contender “Fast” Fres Oquendo, took an hour from his busy schedule to sit down for an interview at Chicago Fight Club Gym (4834 N. Elston, Chicago, IL, 60630) to discuss boxing at age 39, PEDs, corruption in the sport, future opponents, his legacy, and his youth boxing academy.

Sam: Congrats on your May 25th 9th round TKO victory over Joey Abell. How did you feel in that fight as compared to earlier in your career?

Oquendo: Thanks. I’m healthier now than I was in my twenties for the simple fact that I’m doing everything right from the training and management to going all-natural with natural supplements from the earth and even alkaline water. I feel great. My body is healing itself.

Sam: In that fight I thought I saw a few wrinkles from B-Hop. In particular the straight right hand followed by the quick footwork after the right.

Oquendo: We both did some work down at the 5th Street Boxing Gym and of course you pick up something from a fighter with footwork like Bernard. That was some veteran footwork moves I used on the 25th. (continue reading…)

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