GLEN JOHNSON'S AMAZING CAREER CONTINUES ON JULY 13'S ESPN2 SHOW
Press Release: Tickets are now on sale for ESPN2 Friday Night Fights' July 13th swhow, to be held at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago. The event will be headlined by a ten-round light heavyweight clash between former world champion Glen "The Road Warrior" Johnson and Chicago's "Polish Prince", Andrzej Fonfara. The co-feature is a ten round welterweight battle between former world lightweight champion Jose Luis Castillo [assuming he can make weight] and Ivan Popoca. Tickets can be obtained through Ticketmaster.com, 8 Count Productions at 312-226-5800 or the venue at 312-413-5740.
Said promoter Dominic Pesoli of 8 Count Productions, "It's an honor to bring Glen Johnson and Jose Luis Castillo to Chicago for their first time in their brilliant careers. Fonfara and Popoca are both very excited to test their skills against these former world champions and future Hall of Famers on July 13th at the UIC Pavilion."
Stated co-promoter Leon Margules of Warriors Boxing, "Glen Johnson has always accepted challenges to fight anywhere in the world against any opponent. Along with being a world champion, Glen truly has earned the nickname Road Warrior. Against a hard-hitting young lion like Fonfara in his hometown, Johnson once again proves that he is always willing to travel anywhere for the toughest challenges."
Compiling a record of 51-16-2 with 35 knockouts, Johnson holds wins against numerous boxing legends and former world champions including Roy Jones, Antonio Tarver, Clinton Woods and Chicago's Montell Griffin.
In 2010 and 2011, Johnson participated in the Super Six Super Middleweight Tournament, knocking out Allan Green in the eighth round on November 6, 2010. Against Fonfara, Johnson will look to get back in the win column after Johnson lost two battles in 2011 against Carl Froch and Lucian Bute.
Just 24 years old, Fonfara (21-2) has built a reputation in the vast Chicago Polish community and among local boxing fans as a hard punching, all-action fighter with dynamite knockout power in both hands. Drawing huge crowds to all of his fights at the UIC Pavilion, Fonfara has won his last nine in a row all by knockout, eight of which have come at the downtown Chicago venue. In his last start on March 16th, Fonfara stopped ex-world titlist Byron Mitchell in the third round.
A native of Mexicali, Mexico, Castillo has faced and beaten a long line of outstanding fighters, he is perhaps best known for what many boxing writers believe is the greatest fight in the sports' illustrious history, the epic first bout against Diego Corrales on May 7, 2005 in Las Vegas. Drilling Corrales to the canvas twice in the 10th round, Castillo was stopped moments later while upright against the ropes.
Corrales, 63-11-1, also battled boxing's finest, Floyd Mayweather Jr. twice in 2002, losing a very close, controversial decision both times. Castillo won his first title against Stevie Johnston on June 17, 2000. Other former champions and contenders that Castillo has defeated over his sensational career include Joel Casamayor, Julio Diaz, Juan Lazcano, Cesar Bazan, Jorge Paez and Rolando Reyes.
Born in Guerrero, Mexico, the upset minded Popoca, 15-1-1, returns to action at the UIC Pavilion where he is undefeated, winning six in row in 2009-2010 including a war over Jose Luis Soto Karass on May 29, 2010.
In his last outing on April 15, 2011, Popoca lost to Ruslan Provodnikov in a bout also broadcast on ESPN Friday Night Fights from Temecula, California. Fighting evenly over the first seven rounds, the bout was awarded to Provodnikov in the eighth as referee Pat Russell stopped the bout.