If the rest of them couldn't nab the IBF Title off Lucian Bute what makes Glen Johnson think he's better than the rest? Johnson is very experienced with 68 fights and 51 of them being wins he has lost a fair 15 of the fights. As a young Jamaican he emerged from a police boxing gym in Florida. After a great revolving professional career he suffered a technical knockout with Bernard Hopkins, this is why there is slight evidence there is plenty of practical wisdom on his part.
In the press conference last week Johnson said, "It's going to be a tremendous fight, I'm looking forward to it, it's going to be very exciting." He also said with regard to his sparring with Bute a few years ago, he said, "It was great work, both of us accomplished our goal, we were doing hard work and I believe both of us got better, obviously I was fighting a better guy than Lucian was fighting, I came out on the losing side and he came out of the winning side. It is what it is, and we move forward from there."
Wise words from a wise man he says he has a lot of respect for Bute and will be friends outside of the ring he also said, "I have a lot respect for Lucian, but you're fighting for your career, you're fighting for everything here."
Johnson has also joined the Super Six World Boxing Classic he has replaced Mikkel Kessler and he defeated Allen Green by a knockout in the 8th round which was on the 6th November almost a year ago and with that win he continued to the Semi-Final of the Super 6 Tournament where he faced British fighter Carl Froch unfortunately for Johnson he lost on a UD.
Now a year on he faces Bute who's a decade younger possibly faster and in his prime of his boxing career. Bute is rated very highly on the boxing scene and has become extremely popular over these last few years as he's won every single one of his fights all 29 and 24 being knockouts. Apart from one controversial ending in 2008 against Andrade from Mexico, even though he won by UD the referee temporarily stopped counting when he was knocked down by Andrade and Bute almost lost the title. This led to a rematch and he won it in the fourth round by knockout. He has fought several times this year and kept his pace flowing unlike Johnson, however they both have been training hard and Bute said in the press conference last week about the venue, "Everybody knows I call my home Montreal and Quebec City, I feel comfortable fighting here, and I think it's going to be a nice spectacular fight, I think it's going to be a close fight."
This Super Middleweight fight against Lucian Bute and Glen Johnson will be on the 5th of November 2011 and will be at the Pepsi Coliseum, Quebec Canada. The live telecast can be seen on Showtime at 9 PM EST, 8 PM CST, and 6 PM PST.
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