Former light heavyweight champion Glen Johnson (49-12-2, 33 KOs) is chomping at the bit to get to current IBO light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson (28-0, 17 KOs) tonight in Hartford, CT. Johnson and Dawson fought in March of 2008 where Dawson won a hard fought unanimous decision, however Johnson closed the bout extremely strong, which left the door open for a rematch. To this date, Johnson insists he won the first fight. “The fight was a very competitive fight,” the man known as the ‘Road Warrior’ told Fightnews. “However, I feel I forced the action and especially in the second half of the fight. I also had him very hurt late in the fight. To beat the champion you’re supposed to take it to them in order to win the title. I felt I did that.”
He continued, “My face was completely clean after the fight while Dawson’s was bruised. I blocked several of his punches throughout the fight. That was something I feel I wasn’t given enough credit for.
“I definitely felt his punches but he he felt mine even more. He was the one who was that was in danger of getting knocked out in the fight, not me. The opportunity was there [for me to knock him out] but he was able to survive it. Be rest assured given the same situation again I will finish the job!”
Johnson’s longtime trainer Orlando Cuellar told Fightnews that the game plan is to stop Dawson tonight. “What I want Glen to do is make all of his punches count,” he said. “What I mean by that is I want all the punches to have meaning. Whether it’s a jab, body shot, etc… Dawson throws a lot of flashy punches to impress the judges that don’t have much on them. I want Dawson to feel every punch that is landed on him by Glen.”
When asked if Johnson can win a decision fighting in Dawson’s backyard, Cuellar responded “We have no plans of finding that out.”
Johnson is supremely confident of victory this time around. “I’m not feeling pressured at all,” he said. “I know from the first fight what must be done this time around. Orlando and I have a solid game plan intact which will lead to my victory over Dawson.”