Flat Johnson lucky to escape with draw vs. Castenada

By Justin Hackman


Tureano Johnson D8 Fernando Castenada: After sitting on the shelf for more than 17 months, Tureano Johnson looked to rebound from a twelfth-round stoppage loss to Sergiy Derevyanchenko in August 2017.  On Saturday in Indio, California, Johnson and Fernando Castaneda (26-13, 17 KOs) got well acquainted with one another from the opening bell, fighting at close range.  After looking flat early, Johnson’s trainer Andre Rozier pleaded with him to use the jab and make things easier on himself.  Amidst fleeting moments of success, Johnson would continually find himself back on his heels, and right in on Castaneda’s chest as Rozier had warned against.  Whether this was a result of ring rust, stubbornness or perhaps a bit of both, this style played right into the hand of journeyman Castaneda, who timed Johnson’s head movement well on the inside, consistently landing thudding uppercuts and hooks.  “Box!” is what Rozier yelled to his fighter going into the eighth and final round.  But Castaneda found himself in a separate reality than Johnson desired, going after Johnson hard against the ropes with the ref watching closely.  Johnson survived the onslaught by tying his man up and moving as much as his deflated legs would allow.  After the final bell, it was Castaneda who appeared to get the better of Johnson, but had to settle for a split draw by scores of 77-75 (Johnson), 77-75 (Castaneda) and 76-76.  Johnson is now 20-2-1 with 14 KOs while Castaneda finds himself with a record of 26-13-1 and 17 KOs. source: dazn