Last Stop for the Road Warrior

By Ted Sares on July 14, 2012
Last Stop for the Road Warrior
"If I can’t do it the right way and the way I should be able to I’m not going to do it anymore.”

It all came to an end in Chicago tonight when Andrzej Fonfara won a dominant unanimous decision over Glen Johnson (51-17-2) by scores of 99-91, 97-93, and 97-93. Fonfara, a Chicagoan by way of Warsaw, Poland, gave his home town fans a lot to cheer about as he used his three-inch height advantage, great separation, explosive energy, and a superb jab to control the action. The rabid Chicago fans, mostly Poles, were in this fight from the beginning, bringing back memories of the great ethnic battles that were customary in Chicagoland during the ‘50s and ‘60s.

The “Road Warrior” has never been down in his long career (a career in which he won his first 32 outings), but that’s about all he could brag about after tonight’s less-than-compelling showing. His leverage, power, reflexes, and stamina were off, but not terribly so. He clearly is not a James Toney or Roy Jones and he clearly is far from being shot, but he did look every bit his 43 years of age. In fact, his demeanor at the end of the ninth stanza was one of a tired and frustrated fighter.

The 24-year-old Fonfara (22-2), on the other hand, fought a cerebral fight keeping just the right distance, and then moving in with hard shots toward the end of each round. This was a big step up for Andrzej who has now won 12 in a row and appears headed for better things in the light heavyweight division.

As for Johnson, he can read the writing on the wall as well as anyone and he knows what he has to do. He has lost three in a row and five of his last seven against extremely tough opposition. More importantly, he has boxed 486 professional rounds. Glen has nothing more to prove; he has been a class act and now, unlike too many others, he will embark on another career journey.

Said Glen after the fight: “I needed to be more steady and apply more pressure, and I couldn’t. He’s a strong kid and I just couldn’t do it. If I can’t do it the right way and the way I should be able to I’m not going to do it anymore.”

Thanks for the memories, Glen.

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  1. Jason 12:32pm, 07/14/2012

    Always liked Glen. Big right hand, good chin, and a very good boxer. Nothing left for him to do in boxing. Enjoy life Glen.

  2. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo 09:12am, 07/14/2012

    Ted Sares-“keeping just the right distance”....when in God’s name is Kelly Pavlik, a former world champion, going to learn to do that….instead of doing a second rate imitation of PBF on the inside! Which reminds me….c’mon Bronco throw that “looping right” that Teddy was talking about last night to the side of Mundine’s head and he’s out of there….by the way the same goes for Chisora….forget that elusive jaw…ring that bell!

  3. pugknows 09:08am, 07/14/2012

    Nice tribute to The Gentleman, Ted.

  4. the thresher 07:59am, 07/14/2012

    his demeanor at the end of the ninth stanza was one of a tired and frustrated fighter.

  5. NYIrish 05:34am, 07/14/2012

    Always showed up to fight and finished on his feet. An Honest fighter who started in 93. I hope he can overcome the urge to take another fight. Thank you Glen. Take care.
    His career reminds me of Eddie Cotton, perenial light heavy contender in the 50’s 60’s. Cotton was in with everybody of consequence and always gave a good account of himself. Lost a controversial decision to Jose Torres for the light heavy championship. RIP Eddie.

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