Saturday, November 6, 2010

Jamaica's Fountain of Youth

After all these years ...

Jamaica's own "Gentleman" Glen Johnson continued to marvel fans and critics as he scored an 8th round TKO of perennial contender Allan "Sweetness" Green and confirmed a place in the Super Six semi-finals as Green is left to re-evaluate his career.

Johnson, who has fought at the elite level for the last 13 years, proved he is a threat at either 168 or 175 lbs. as the 41-year-old marvel dug and scrapped an 8th-round TKO over Green dropping and forcing a referee stoppage after downing Green with two right hands. It's a good thing too, as the judges were well on their way to giving The Road Warrior  an umpteenth shaft on the scorecards.

Interestingly, if Johnson can win the Super Six, or at least be competitive--which is his repertoire--and if Bernard Hopkins can score an upset over light heavyweight Ring champ, Jean Pascal, Johnson may be in line for a revenge fight against the only man to stop him by next year.

Will it be a fight that can be sold to the public is too far in the future to predict. But until then, Johnson has time to return to Jamaica and rejuvenate.

Too Many Wars for Marquez

No way does a fighter like Rafael Marquez have three wars with Israel Vasquez, back to back to back no less, and emerge the same fighter. Against a younger, faster fighter like Juan Manuel Lopez Marquez realized that he cannot go on forever.

Though the fight ended after the 8th round (both Green and Marquez got the proverbial 8-ball last night) due to a shoulder injury suffered by Marquez, he was getting beat to the punch all night, while occasionally catching counter hooks from Marquez.

The guess here is that though a rematch is viable, so is a huge upset or, more realistically, a cut eye, a possibility which could derail a mega fight with Cuban champion Yuriorkis Gamboa. Unless Juanma tightens his defense, Gamboa is faster and hits just as hard and could catch a mid-round KO.

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