The three remaining fighters of the original Super Six were impressed this past weekend, as 41-year-old Glen Johnson entered the tournament and knocked out Allan Green. Andre Ward, Carl Froch and Arthur Abraham (who all fight on November 27) shared their thoughts on Johnson's win, which propels him into the Super Six semifinals.
"I think Glen Johnson put on a good show and did what he had to do in his fight with Allan Green. I wasn't shocked by the outcome. I anticipated something like that happening. With the type of fight they had and they pace they fought at, it was hard to tell what impact fighting at 168 had on Glen. With that said, he did what he needed to do on Saturday night and I take my hat off to him."
"I was impressed by Glen Johnson. You could see what experience and class can do inside the ring. It is very remarkable that at the age of 41 he knocks out a young man like Green. That was a strong performance.''
"The win over Allan Green was a good one and the old fella looked game and determined. He made the weight comfortably and seemed happier at 168 pounds. I think Johnson brings a different dimension to the Super Six as a fighter. One thing this tournament has shown is how we're all very different in our approach. We're all very unique in that sense. I like people who come to fight and therefore I'm all in favor of Johnson's inclusion. Ken Hershman has done well to bring ‘The Road Warrior' in at such short notice."
Froch, never one to cut himself short, also offered some thoughts on Allan Green:
"With regards to Green, unfortunately, it's not really worked out for him at all. Maybe he needs to consider a move up in weight to recapture some of his old magic. He is tall and I've often read of his battles with the scales and I think that will be his only way forward now. He's shown in the past he can put it together, but something has been lacking during this tournament for him and maybe light heavyweight is the answer."
Green, by the way, is currently wasting his time with a formal protest of the TKO decision.
Froch and Abraham meet in Helsinki on November 27. Ward, meanwhile, will headline that night on Showtime in a non-tournament bout against Sakio Bika.
Also, make sure you check out Steve Kim's piece at MaxBoxing on the tournament scenarios. I was going to do something, but eh, he already did it.