After what seems like 100 years without a big fight on American television, we get a great slate of fights this weekend and the rest of the year.
There are three big fights this weekend and two pretty good minor fights. We will start with the breakdown of the Glen Johnson-Allan Green fight this Saturday on Showtime.
This is a Super Six fight between two replacement fighters looking to get into the next round of fights. This is a interesting crossroads fight for the two men but for totally different reasons.
Johnson is a 42-year-old making his way back to super middleweight after 10 years at light heavyweight and is coming off a loss to light heavyweight titleholder Tavoris Cloud.
Green, on the other hand, is a fighter who seemed to have a bright future but has fizzled at the top. He lost to Edison Miranda and then was totally outclassed by Andre Ward the last time out.
At 31, he isn’t getting any younger and he isn’t a prospect anymore. You pretty much know what your getting, and it's usually a lot of bark followed by no bite.
The real question is who will have the advantage when these two step into the ring? My immediate response is Johnson without a doubt, but these fighters match up very similarly.
Johnson is moving down in weight and nobody knows how this will affect him until we see him in the ring on Saturday. This analysis is from what he have seen in his last few fights at light heavyweight.
A quick glance would suggest that Green has better power, but digging deeper you find there isn’t much difference. Green has better one punch power but Johnson has better 12 round power.
Johnson can knock you out early or later. He has shown this before and he hits you with so many punches that they can take your toll on you in the end. Green, on the other hand, can get you out with one punch.
Johnson may be 11 years older, but he is the faster man in this fight. Johnson uses his speed better by throwing more punches and never letting his motor stop running.
Green will stand for long periods of time and do nothing while his opponents beat him to the punch. Johnson uses his better than Green does.
This is the department where the weight may affect Johnson the most. He may come out and look considerably slower than before.
This one also goes to Johnson, even though neither man is really focused on defense. Johnson’s defense is his never ending punch output.
Green doesn’t have any real defensive style, and if he is taking a beating he will look lost at times.
They both have great chins, so this category is a tie. He has never been knocked out outside of a stoppage loss to Bernard Hopkins that wasn’t very legitimate. Green has never been stopped, but has been down before.
That leaves the score as 3-0-1 for Johnson. He is simply the better fighter, and if the weight loss doesn’t affect him big time, he shouldn’t have a hard time with Green.
If he is effected by the weight loss and Green is actually motivated for this fight, then Johnson may be in for a shock. That outcome is doubtful, and the fight will probably end up as a typical Johnson win.
Johnson by UD-12.
Both fighters need this to move on in the Super Six, but more importantly they need it to keep getting big money fights.
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