"He's a tall, very aggressive guy. He comes forward. I go forward as well, so there will be an explosion in the middle of the ring and we'll see who backs up first. I saw a few fights of him on tape. He's strong and exciting. I'm excited for the challenge. I'm looking forward to it. It should be a fan favorite," stated former light heavyweight champion Glen Johnson, who talked about his upcoming July 13 return to the ring on ESPN. Check it out!
DK: Glen, how is everything going? How is training camp?
GJ: It is going good, man. We did a lot of sparring. We feel sharp. We're settled down now. We're already on weight. We're doing final tune-ups for training right now.
DK: You're coming back from an injury on your elbows. How are they doing?
GJ: Elbows are doing great. No issues with them. They healed nicely. They feel stronger than ever. I have a lot of confidence in them and I'm looking forward to putting on a great fight on ESPN.
DK: You're in your 40's and some guys like Antonio Tarver and Bernard Hopkins have proven that 40 is the new 20. You've beaten some guys that are a lot younger, and even in fights you haven't been victorious, you've showed yourself well. How have you been able to sustain such a high level for so long?
GJ: You know, I train hard. I stay active. I feel blessed. I feel like I take care of myself. I'm going good right now. I'm just thankful I'm still able to do it as well as I can at this stage and at this age. Bernard Hopkins is a great fighter. He's representing 40's very well. He's a guy I hope to fight next. That would make an exciting fight. Who is the best 40+ guy out there right now?
DK: You are fighting on ESPN next Friday, July 13. How much longer do you want to fight?
GJ: I don't know the answer to that. I take it one fight at a time and I go from there. Right now, I'm feeling good and I just want to get in the ring and turn the good feeling into a good fight. I'm really looking forward to fighting again.
DK: Tell us about your opponent, Andrzej Fonfara.
GJ: He's a tall, very aggressive guy. He comes forward. I go forward as well, so there will be an explosion in the middle of the ring and we'll see who backs up first. I saw a few fights of him on tape. He's strong and exciting. I'm excited for the challenge. I'm looking forward to it. It should be a fan favorite.
DK: You are known as "The Road Warrior" and you're fighting a guy, who lives in Chicago, in Chicago. Has it ever bothered you to have to be the guy who always fights on the opponent's home turf?
GJ: It used to bother me, but now I'm kind of used to it. I take it as a challenge. I like to challenge myself. It keeps me motivated to take care of business.
DK: Is this going to be your first visit to Chicago?
GJ: Actually, this is my 4th visit to Chicago, but it's my first time going when it's warm. (Laughing) Every time I go there, it's freezing; should be a lot more pleasant than in the past.
DK: I know you're a big Miami Heat fan, as am I, and you are a season ticket holder, so I know you were enjoying the victory in the NBA Finals.
GJ: Oh yeah. There's nothing like it. The only thing sweeter for me is me winning the championship myself, and I'm working on getting back there myself.
DK: Alright Glen, as always, we appreciate the time. Any final thoughts for the fans?
GJ: Definitely want to thank the fans for supporting me, and I appreciate the support. I know we have had some disappointing nights sometimes, but you guys stuck with me. You guys are the best fans out there.