QUOTE (KYLE THEEE SPINKS FAN @ Jul 7 2009, 06:05 PM)
I haven't been that impressed with Solis yet. He seems to come in overweight, and just doesn't seem to be the answer in the heavyweight division. Johnson has a wonderful jab, and some excellent boxing skills. I've thought this guy has been pretty good for the last few years, and now he'll get a decent fight out of it. I see Johnson dominating the fight with his long jab and footwork. Maybe I'm overrating Johnson, but I think he's really good. Good matchmaking though, I'm sick of seeing young heavyweights just climb their way through the ranks fighting bums.
I was anxious to see Johnson fight Monte Barrett a while back but Barrett couldn't fight and Johnson beat Devin Vargas on short notice. I think Johnson has a nice jab but he's still green. What's bad here is that you look at almost every prospect and say that he "just doesn't seem to be the answer in the heavyweight division." It's infuriating. You know, Greg Page never really materialized in the fashion that he should have, and was expected to, but people would be falling all over themselves about him in this era. Same for a guy like Pinklon Thomas, or a focused Tim Witherspoon (pre-Don King debacle), or Tony Tubbs. These are guys from the maligned musical belts era in the mid-1980s, and yet they put the division to shame now.
Back to this fight, I'll take Johnson, but I'm not all too excited about the result. One of these guys needs to step up and make a big move. Arreola (with HBO's apparent backing), Johnson, Povetkin, someone... ANYONE... just DO SOMETHING! My goodness, we've got John Ruiz calling out Chris Arreola about comments made at a press conference. The more I see the ridiculous state of the division right now, the more respect I'm starting to have for the Quiet Boring Man. At least he's got the stones to fight someone.