Found July 14, 2012 on
The Queensbury Rules:
When Teddy Atlas correctly referred to Chicago as an "old fight town," he probably didn't mean shuffleboard with gloves on. Guys like Tony Canzoneri, Mushy Callahan and Fidel LaBarba fought at Wrigley field in the 1920's, and the Coliseum was for a time a famed boxing venue.
But mummies and cobwebs looked to be the inhabitants of this week's edition of Friday Night Fights, with two faded former champions competing against younger foes looking to make names for themselves.
Well, score one for immortality, at least. Jose Luis Castillo actually looked -- wait for it-- somewhat decent in notching a stoppage win over Ivan Popoca. But the other one goes to the hourglass, as Glen Johnson showed glimpses of youthfulness in early and mid rounds, but ultimately succumbed to the physicality and pace of the younger Andrzej Fonfara.
Thankfully, it was much more watchable than not, and at times even pretty good action-wise.
In the main event, 43-year-old former light...
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Glen Johnson was defeated by journeyman / fringe prospect Andrzej Fonfara on Friday evening in Chicago, in the headline event of the week's Friday Night Fights card. He promised before the bout, if he lost, he would likely retire, and indeed, he did.
Once the fight was over and the verdict was in, Johnson announced his retirement from the sport, ending a career which spanned...
Former world champion Jose Luis Castillo made weight easily - to the surprise and delight of some - on Thursday afternoon at the official weigh-in for his showdown tonight against Ivan Popoca at the "CROSSROADS" boxing event presented by 8 Count and Warriors Boxing at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago and live on ESPN Friday Night Fights.The main event is Glen Johnson vs...
The following interview with Glen Johnson took place on July 12th, 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 [...]
Glen Johnson (51-17-2, 35 KOs) ended his career by losing a decisive ten-round decision to Polish light heavyweight, Andrzej Fonfara (22-2, 12 KOs) on ESPN2′s Friday Night Fights from Chicago’s UIC Pavillion. In an exclusive interview with Sam Geraci of The Sports Blitz Network, Johnson announced his retirement. SG: What did you think? Glenn Johnson: Fonfara is better. SG: [...]
All four principal fighters were respectful and professional to each other at two separate press conferences were held today, one at the MAJESTIC STAR CASINO in Gary, Indiana, and one at PLAYBOOK SPORTS BAR in Niles, Illinois, to discuss this Friday's (July 13) "CROSSROADS" boxing event at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago.
Crossroads is presented by 8 Count and Warriors...
Khan-Garcia, Haye-Chisora and the Retirement of Glen Johnson
With two major fights scheduled, I went into this weekend expecting plenty of pugilistic drama. In Las Vegas, Amir Khan was looking to solidify his place as the 140 lbs division top dog by taking Danny Garcia's WBC belt away from him. The fight eclipsed even the British grudge match of Haye vs. Chisora in the British...