“Road Warrior” Keeps Train Rolling!
By Jason Kotar at ringside
Photography by Javiel Centeno
Former light heavyweight champion Glen “Road Warrior” Johnson thoroughly dominated former foe Daniel Judah over ten hard fought rounds to win a convincing unanimous decision at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood , FL. The ESPN2 Friday Night Fights event was promoted by Seminole Warriors Boxing and was a rematch of a disputed draw between both fighters in April 2003.
Johnson (49-12-2, 33 KOs) on this night, made sure there would be no such disappointment as he landed at will against a listless Judah (23-4-3, 10 KOs ).
The fight was almost over before it began in the first round, as Johnson landed a straight right hand to the head of Judah , knocking him into the ropes. Judah , literally out on his feet, was administered a standing eight count by the referee but managed to stay upright long enough to hear the final bell.
Johnson came out in the second round, connecting with thudding lefts and lead rights to the body of Judah with hopes of making it an early night. Judah had no answer on this night, as he resorted to throwing just enough to keep Johnson at bay.
The remaining rounds played out the same as Johnson pressed forward, closing the distance on his rangy southpaw foe. The only constant was that whenever Judah was hurt, he would react by lowering his hands and showboating. This prompted boos from the pro-Johnson crowd.
After the completion of the ten round main event, all three judges saw the fight in favor of the “Road Warrior” by scores of 99-89, 99-90 twice.
With this victory, Johnson (rated WBC #2, WBA #3, IBF #5, WBO #3) hopes to set up a rematch of another disputed loss against current IBF and IBO light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson.
Smith Decisions Gonzalez!
In an entertaining welterweight bout, Antwone Smith (15-1-1, 8 KOs) won a unanimous decision over the previously unbeaten Norberto Gonzalez (16-1, 12 KOs ). The action was fast and furious throughout. Both fighters threw power punches with bad intentions right from the opening bell.
Gonzalez, in his first fight outside of Mexico , hurt Smith in the second round but in his rush to try and finish his opponent, found himself on the receiving end of a straight right that put him on the canvas.
The action continued the following round as the Miami native Smith, opened a cut above the left eye of Gonzalez courtesy of another straight right hand.
The ensuing rounds saw Gonzalez as the busier fighter, while Smith played the role of a counter puncher. Blood continued to pour from Gonzalez as another cut opened below his right eye in the sixth round, this time the cause of a head butt.
Heading down the stretch, Smith picked up the pace, landing the harder blows, stunning Gonzalez once again in the eighth round and final round. In the end all three scorecards read 78-74 for Smith.
O’Connor Decisions Saunders!
Framingham, Ma junior welterweight Danny O’Connor (4-0, 1 KO) won a majority decision over Jamar Saunders (2-2-2, 1 KO). The quickness of the southpaw O’Connor, a 2008 US Olympic alternate, was the difference in the fight.
O’Connor had a good second round, seriously hurting Saunders with a combination of right hooks, left uppercuts, and straight left hands. There were no knockdowns in the fight. The scores were 40-36, 40-36 and 38-38.
Pabon Defeats Arroyo!
Junior welterweight Jesus Pabon (14-1, 8 KOs) won a unanimous decision over Lenin Arroyo (20-9-1, 4 KOs ). The southpaw Pabon was credited with two knockdowns while Arroyo had two points deducted for low blows. Scores were 60-51, 59-51 and 57-53.
Augustama Decisions Deet!
In a wild swinging middleweight fight , Eli Augustama (3-0, 2 KOs ) won a majority decision over a tough William Deet (2-8, 1 KO). Although there were no knockdowns, the action was steady until the final bell. The scorecards read 39-37, 39-37 and 38-38.
Fuentes Stops Brown!
Heavyweight Henry Fuentes (8-0, 5 KOs ) remained perfect with a TKO over Samuel Brown (5-5-2). The southpaw Fuentes scored two knockdowns in the fight, forcing the referee to stop the action at 2:03 of the third round.
Alakhuerdiev Stops Pitt!
Khabib Alakhuerdiev (9-0, 4 KOs ) scored a TKO over Richard Pitt (5-10, 1 KO), knocking him down three times in the first round. The official time was 2:19.
Abdusalamov Defeats Winslow!
Russian Heavyweight Magomed Abdusalamov (3-0, 3 KOs) impressed with a first round knockout of an outmatched Maurice Winslow (3-8-1, 3 KOs ). The referee called a halt to the fight at 1:13 of the first round.