Green-Johnson: is Allan about to get whipped again?
Photo credit Tom Casino/Showtime: By Dan Ambrose: Allan Green (29-2, 20 KO’s) was badly outclassed in his last fight in the Super Six tournament against Andre Ward, losing an embarrassing 12 round decision in June on Showtime. Although Ward looked excellent as usual, Green looked simply awful, much worse than you can even possibly imagine a fighter looking in such a high profile fight. Showtime wanted Green to step in as the replacement for Jermain Taylor, and as it turned out, it might have been a really poor choice of fighters.
Green may have been better known by U.S boxing fans compared to some of the alternative choices, but most of Green’s previous fights on Showtime were against limited 2nd tier opposition. To be sure, Green looked good when matched softly, but looked less than impressive when he was put in with guys like Edison Miranda and Tarvis Simms. Showtime should have taken a good look at those two fights when they were deciding on using Green to replace Taylor.
Now, Green will be facing 41-year-old Glen Johnson (50-14-2, 24 KO’s) on Saturday night in their stage 3 Super Six bout at the MGM Grand, in Las Vegas, Nevada. The fight will be shown on the undercard of the Juan Manuel Lopez vs. Rafael Marquez card. Johnson may be up there in age at 41, but he’s still fighting really well for his age and capable of beating some of the best fighters in the light heavyweight division. Johnson will be fighting out of his division on Saturday by moving down in weight at 168, but he’s reportedly having no problems making the weight and is motivated to make it to the semifinals of the Super Six tournament.
This doesn’t look good for Green, because he’s never beaten anyone in the class of Johnson before during his career, and he’s not known for being able to throw a lot of punches the same way that Johnson typically does. Outside of Green scoring a lucky knockout, I think he’s in deep trouble here. I don’t see him beating Johnson and think this may end up to be almost as bad a mismatch as Green’s loss to Ward.
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