Glen Johnson on Grand Theft in Tampa Bay
HOLLYWOOD, FL, April 14 – You would think Glen Johnson would be used to this by now – fighting his heart out, doing enough to win, and then seeing judges destroy his hard work with a stroke of their pen. It happened to ‘The Road Warrior’ against Joseph Kiwanuka, Sven Ottke, Omar Sheika, Julio Gonzalez, Daniel Judah, and Clinton Woods (twice), just to name a few. But Saturday night’s verdict of his bout against Chad Dawson may have hurt the most.
“The scoring of this fight was a disgrace,” said Leon Margules, Executive Director of Seminole Warriors Boxing, Johnson’s promoter. “Eight rounds to four (116-112) on all three scorecards??? Tell me what eight rounds Dawson won. Glen hurt Dawson on a number of occasions, pressed the action from bell to bell for 12 rounds, and yet the judges give him the decision based on those pitty-pat punches he landed on Glen’s gloves.”
Johnson, 39, a former world light heavyweight champion himself, was trying to win the WBC portion of the belt from Dawson – who was rocked and almost stopped by Johnson in the third and tenth rounds. But despite his ferocious assault and strong finish, it seemed like this was a decision that was already set in stone. At least the fans were in Johnson’s corner, booing vehemently at the decision in Dawson’s favor, and even fans watching at home on Showtime agreed, giving Johnson 80% of the vote when asked “Who impressed you the most tonight?” Dawson received only 10% of the text voting, with Antonio Tarver receiving 8% and Woods 2%.
“I’ve been in this business a lot of years, and I’ve never been this disappointed,” said Margules. “Glen Johnson is a gentleman and someone who should be celebrated for his class, work ethic, and talent, yet this game continues to turn its back on him. I hope the networks and the sanctioning bodies give the light heavyweight people’s Champion another shot immediately.”
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