Froch: 42-year-old Johnson in the last chance saloon
By Scott Gilfoid: It appears that WBC super middleweight champion Carl Froch (27-1, 20 KO’s) sees 42-year-old Glen Johnson’s age as a weakness for him going into their June 4th Super Six fight at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. This is going to be a big surprise then when Froch finds himself taking punishment against a fighter that is nothing like a typical 42-year-old.
Froch needs to forget Johnson’s age and focus on just trying to come up with a plan to win, because Johnson is going to be a like 30-year-old out there on June 4th. Johnson is a lot like 46-year-old Bernard Hopkins, a fighter that is competing like a person half his age. Johnson is the same kind of guy. He’s looking incredible and seems to be getting better even at 42.
Froch said to BBC Nottingham, “At 42, he knows he’s in the last chance saloon.” I think Froch is dead wrong. Johnson isn’t in the last chance saloon. If he loses the fight, Johnson still has a lot of opportunities at super middleweight and light heavyweight. Johnson can go after Robert Stieglitz, the WBO super middleweight champ, and I can see Johnson easily beating that guy. That’s like saying Froch will be washed up if he loses to Johnson. It’s silly. Froch won’t be washed up. He can always go after Stieglitz or maybe move up to light heavyweight.
I wouldn’t advise Froch to try and fight WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward after Froch is eliminated because that would be even worse than the Johnson fight. And IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute would be too good for Froch. The best bet then would be Stieglitz or a move up in weight to the light heavyweight division. I think Froch might be able to beat WBO light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly. That guy looks mighty vulnerable. Heck, he was staggered last weekend by a weak puncher in Aleksy Kuziemskski. Froch should be able to beat Cleverly no problem.