Juan Manuel Lopez, Glen Johnson and Making Sense of an Action-Packed Saturday

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Juan Manuel Lopez, Glen Johnson and Making Sense of an Action-Packed Saturday
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This past Saturday was action-packed and had a lot of exciting fights. Now that I have had the chance to take a breath and dissect it all, I have one question. What does it all mean?

We start with the surprising knockout win for Glencoffe Johnson. I thought he would win the fight and he did just that. The knockout surprised me a whole lot and got me excited.

At first this knockout win of the underwhelming but strong-chinned Allan Green had me thinking Johnson is the automatic favorite to win the Super Six now. On second thought, not so fast.

He looked good and the weight loss didn’t seem to affect him at all. I thought he looked a lot more agile, and he just looked like he had a extra spring in his step.

He landed the right hand all night long and his work rate looked about the same as normal. He wobbled Green on more than one occasion and landed two beautiful shots to end the fight.

With that being said, if this fight went the distance, his chances of winning would have been about 50-50. He wasn’t beating Green badly and without wobbling him in a few rounds, he would have been far behind.

At the time of the stoppage he was behind on two cards. I have a hard time placing Johnson in the mix as far as the Super Six goes. He is a handful for anyone but can he beat a better fighter than Green at this point?

The Sakio Bika fight will tell us how Andre Ward deals with rough fighters like Johnson and that will give us a better idea of how Ward would handle Johnson.

A fight with Arthur Abraham would be highly interesting and a fight with Carl Froch would probably be exciting but really ugly. It's pretty clear Johnson shouldn’t be the favorite but he is a very live dog.

The Juan Manuel Lopez-Rafael Marquez fight is now the Fight Of The Year frontrunner and was a hell of a scrap. They went back and forth, and they left nothing back in the ring.

What we learned from this fight was Lopez is that special type of fighter that leaves it all in the ring every time he fights and isn’t afraid to take a chance to go for a knockout.

He is truly an elite fighter and has swayed my opinion as far as a fight between him and Yuriorkis Gamboa goes. After that brawl last night it is clear he will do anything to win and can take a massive punch.

He doesn’t always have the smartest game plan and it gets him into trouble, but he is fun to watch. More importantly we learned Marquez has a lot left in the tank.

He was fighting above his best weight and had Lopez hurt and if it wasn’t for a referee timeout to take a point away from Lopez he may well have knocked Lopez out.

On HBO, Zab Judah eked his way to a very close win over the tough, powerful, but limited Lucas Matthysse. It remains to be seen, but it appears Judah isn’t the fighter he once was.

He looked slow and was getting hit often and not responding well to it at all. He could have over trained, but his next fight out will tell us a lot about him.

In my favorite result of the night, perennial underdog Gilberto Keb Baas (34-20-4 21 KO) upset Omar Nino for the WBC light flyweight title.

Interestingly enough, this was the second time he beat Nino in the pro ranks. He upset Nino earlier in his career when he was an unbeaten prospect. This was his third shot to win the title and he took advantage.

At 33 years old, he becomes a titlist and he has the most losses of any title holder by six losses. This proves that on the right night any fighter can win and take home a title. Congratulations to Gilberto Keb Baas.

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