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Johnson tops Griffin on Wednesday Night Fights

Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Glen Johnson took an 11th round TKO win after Montell Griffin's corner threw in the towel, putting himself back in line for a shot at the IBF light heavyweight title and probably putting the end to the remotely notable portion of Griffin's career.

Griffin's signature defense was on display through five rounds, and he was boxing roughly even with Johnson, who landed the harder shots. After the fifth, though, Johnson took the fight over. Griffin had a cut by his left eye from an incidental headbutt early on, and after that opened up, he seemed to lose momentum.

Johnson stung Griffin repeatedly throughout the fight, and was beginning to rock him when the Griffin camp decided they'd seen enough. Johnson improves to 45-11-2, and Griffin falls to 48-7, without a worthwhile win in three years. If Griffin were to climb back into contention now, it would be a real surprise.

As for Johnson, he looked pretty sharp and like he could still be a serious threat to the titleholders in the division. A fourth fight with Clinton Woods seems like it is on the horizon if Woods can hang on to the IBF belt, and considering their series is at 1-1-1, there's still unsettled business there, to say the least.

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