It looks like the Super Six World Boxing Classic tournament is slowly falling to pieces. What started out as a pretty good idea to match the best half dozen super middleweights in the world against each other has suffered from fighters retiring or being injured.
However, there are still some decent bouts to be fought. One of them includes Glen Johnson -- added as a replacement for Mikkel Kessler -- against Allan Green of Tulsa, Oklahoma, who replaced Jermain Taylor.
Even though Johnson (50-14-2, 34 KOs), a native of Jamaica, is 41 now, he’s still a decent enough boxer who shows a lot of energy and endurance in the ring to go along with experience. The 31-year-old Green (29-2, 20 KOs) on the other hand, often looks lazy, tires out, and generally doesn’t live up to his potential in many of his bouts. But it could still be an interesting and entertaining fight when the two slug it out at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Nov. 6.
Green has fought once in the tournament and lost a unanimous decision to Andre Ward in June. He was completely dominated in that particular fight. Green has fought some decent fighters in his career, but Ward has been his toughest opponent to date. He also lost a decision to Edison Miranda in March of 2007 in an exciting bout where both men were dropped.
This will be Johnson’s debut in the tournament, and he’s coming off a 12-round unanimous decision loss to Tavoris Cloud in August. However, Johnson’s been fighting as a light heavyweight for the last 10 years now. His loss to Cloud was for the IBF title in that division and he’s also been decisioned twice by Chad Dawson in bouts for the WBC Light Heavyweight Championship.
Johnson’s been in with some of boxing’s best over the years, including Antonio Tarver, Clinton Woods, and Bernard Hopkins. His shining moment came back in 2004 as he knocked out Roy Jones Jr. for the IBF light heavyweight title.
Both Johnson and Green have decent punching power, but they’re not known as speed demons by any stretch of the imagination. Johnson is better defensively and has shown he can take a punch with the best of them. Green’s chin is questionable and there’s no doubt Johnson possesses more heart and determination. Having said that, Green probably has a slight edge in both speed and one-punch power.
Dropping down in weight to 168 lbs. could affect Johnson. But if he fights his usual fight, which is basically non-stop punching, he should take this one by decision or a late stoppage, unless he has aged drastically since his last fight in August.
Johnson is favored on Bet365.com with odds of -188 while Green is at +150. 5Dimes.com is also taking wagers on the fight.