JAMES TONEY AND GLEN JOHNSON PUT IT ALL ON THE LINE IN HIGH PROFILE TELEVISED BOUTS
Though the coming of fall signifies a change in the seasons, there is no change in the philosophy of Goossen Tutor Promotions as the leaves turn color and the temperature drops a few degrees. In fact, the heat gets turned up this week as two of Goossen Tutor’s finest, James “Lights Out” Toney and “Gentleman” Glen Johnson, look to set the boxing world on fire in two high-stakes battles.
First, on Thursday, September 23, in a bout to be televised live (8pm and 11pm) on Fox Sports Net’s “Best Damn Sports Show Period” from the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California, Toney (67-4-2, 43 KOs), a three-division world champion and current #1 WBC heavyweight contender, will look to add the IBA and WBC Continental Americas titles to his trophy case when he squares off against unbeaten Rydell Booker (22-0, 12 KOs) in a bout that has seen its share of heated face offs in the days leading up to the opening bell.
“With the tickets sold out, the fans at home are in for a two-hour coaster ride of fun and fights, two words that normally don't go together in boxing,” said Dan Goossen. “James is determined to let the fans see and then decide who is the best damn heavyweight in the world today. To top it off, The Best Damn Sports Show Period’s on air talent - headed by the always clever (and most of the time crazy) Tom Arnold and unflappable host Chris Rose, along with former basketball great and now funnyman John Salley, and Brian Cox - will give their twist on the night’s action, even though they will be sitting closer to the ring then they might prefer.”
If that’s not enough world-class boxing action, on Saturday, September 25, HBO’s World Championship Boxing will televise the IBF world light heavyweight championship bout between champion Glen Johnson (40-9-2, 27 KOs) and challenger Roy Jones Jr. (49-2, 38 KOs), live from the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tennessee. The bout airs live at 7:15pm (PT) / 9:15pm (CT) / 10:15pm (ET).
“Glen Johnson's journey to the IBF light heavyweight championship has been one of the most memorable stories in my career,” said Goossen of “Gentleman Glen.” “Now facing Roy Jones, Jr., a victory pushes Glen into the once forbidden treasures few dared to travel against Jones. Going into Saturday's bout we have three possible holders of the title of best 175 pounder: Antonio Tarver, a young 35 year old; Glen Johnson, a hungry 35 year old; and Roy Jones, Jr. a rich 35 year old. By Sunday morning, the young and hungry should be the only ones left standing.”
It may be September, but the heat is on.