Froch doubts Johnson can walk through his punches
By Scott Gilfoid: Former IBF light heavyweight champion Glen Johnson (51-14-2, 35 KO’s) has made a career of walking down opponents, walking through their shots in order to get close enough to hammer them with his powerful looping shots to the head and powerful body punches. Johnson seems to never stop coming forward to land his hard punches, and the only fighters that have been able to beat him are ones with superb boxing skills like Chad Dawson, Bernard Hopkins and Antonio Tarver, to name a few. On June 4th, Johnson faces a slower fighter in WBC super middleweight champion Carl Froch (27-1, 20 KO’s) at the Boardwalk Hall, in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Froch is under the impression that he’s going to be able to slow Johnson down and halt his forward progress with his punches. In an article at the dailystar.co.uk, Froch said “If Johnson thinks he can walk through my shots, more fool him.”
I think Froch may be the one that made be a bit foolish if he thinks that Johnson will stop his tracks and fight the same way that Arthur Abraham did in his recent loss to Froch. That win seems to have given Froch a massive amount of confidence that he didn’t have previously after getting beaten by Mikkel Kessler. Johnson won’t be slowed down by Froch’s jabs or power shots. He’ll pick off most of the shots, and take whatever leaks through his guard.
But once he’s in close, Johnson will unload on Froch with some savage shots that Froch is going to have problems taking. This fight could end early if Johnson is able to get Froch to trade with him. If Froch runs, I can see it possibly going to distance. But I don’t think Froch will run. He’ll taste Johnson’s power, lose his temper and start slugging it out with Johnson and make it easy on the 42-year-old to land his big power shots to take Froch out.
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