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Bute-Johnson: Will it be Home Sweet Home for Lucian against the ‘Road Warrior’

Glen Johnson Lucian ButeBy Peter Wells: Every fighter claims that fighting away from their homeland does not bother them, but very few fighters can claim that boast more than Jamaican born Glengoffe Johnson.

Despite residing out of Miama, Florida, he has thought most of his championship fights in the other fighters American back yard. He hasn’t actually fought in Miami since 2007.

Once again the ‘Road Warrior’ sets off to his opponents back yard, where he’ll fight Canadian International Boxing Federation (IBF) Super Middleweight champion Lucian Bute in Quebec City. The Canadian is unbeaten in 29 fights, but since not fighting outside of Canada – except a couple times in the USA very early in his career and twice in Romania where he was born – he hasn’t made as big a name for himself as he would have liked after a successful reign as IBF champion.

But he did spark a lot of talk for the wrong reasons when he wasn’t to be involved in the Showtime Super Middleweight Super Six final, where many believed he could have made it all the way. He was left to fight what fighters he could find which included: Fulgencio Zuniga (W TKO 4), Librado Andrade (W KO 4), Edison Miranda (W TKO 3), Jesse Brinkley (W KO 9), Brian Magee (W TKO 10) and Jean Paul Mendy (W KO 4). All those knockout victories just prove that he hasn’t been mixing with the type of opposition a 31 year old should be taking on.

As for Glen Johnson, after fighting at Light Heavyweight since 2001 – racking up a whole load of impressive victories including, Clinton Woods (W PTS), Roy Jones Jr (W KO 9), Antonio Tarver (W PTS) and Montell Griffin (W TKO 11) and plenty more. Last year after his 14th defeat – but don’t be mistaken all those defeats have been against World Champions or top 10 fighters – to IBF Light Heavyweight ruler Tavoris Cloud he was offered a place in the Super Six replacing Mikkel Kessler. He then defeated the once promising Allan Green, in 8 rounds. But then in the Semi-Finals he met his match once again when defeated on points by Carl Froch.

Somehow it just seems that the 42 year old builds momentum but it then disappears with one defeat. Lucian seems in a league of his own at the moment and you have to feel that only those two left in the Super Six – Andre Ward and Carl Froch and maybe Mikkel Kessler – have the beating of the Canadian.

Glen has great punch resistant having only been stopped once at the hands of the legend Bernard Hopkins. He also possess great pressure and a big punch that can test any fighters chin. Lucian is the pick to play it safe early and try to wear the older man down. Glen still has enough quality to make it a competitive fight but Lucian has the extra skills to take a close but unanimous points verdict.

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