Nicknamed Gentleman and The Road Warrior, Johnson is the former IBF & The Ring light heavyweight champion. He is well known for his shocking KO victory over Roy Jones Jr.
Johnson arrived in southern Florida from Jamaica at the age of 15. He would not begin boxing as an amateur until a few years later. Glen “The Road Warrior” Johnson was a late bloomer of the sport, starting at 20 years old in Miami, Florida at an emerging police boxing gym. Johnson compiled an amateur record of 35-5 and was a two-time Florida State Golden Gloves Champion, once at 165 and at the other at 178-pounds.
Johnson won his first 32 professional fights before challenging Bernard Hopkins for the IBF middleweight title in 1997. He was stopped on his feet in the 11th round.
He added eight more to his tally of losses, many of them debatable decisions where Johnson was adjudged to have lost to the hometown fighter. He journeyed to England and suffered a controversial draw versus Clinton Woods, but defeated him in a rematch by unanimous decision to win the IBF light heavyweight world title. His next fight came against former champion Roy Jones Jr. In an upset, he knocked Jones out in the ninth round of their September 2004 fight.
The subsequent split decision victory over Antonio Tarver that December made him The Ring light heavyweight boxing champion. He was chosen the 2004 fighter of the year by the Boxing Writer’s Association of America.
Johnson lost the light heavyweight title to Antonio Tarver in the rematch. He then challenged old foe Woods once again for the IBF title. This time Woods beat him by a split decision. He then came back and defeated former champion Montell Griffin in May 2007.
Johnson lost a unanimous decision to Chad Dawson on April 12, 2008, for the WBC light heavyweight title. On November 7, 2009, Johnson lost a rematch with Dawson via unanimous decision in Hartford, CT. The judges scores were 115-113, 115-113 and 117-111 for Dawson.
Johnson often prepares for his fights at Danny Hawk’s Normandy Gym in Miami Beach, FL.
On August 7, 2010 Johnson challenged Tavoris Cloud for the IBF light heavyweight title but lost a close decision 116-112 from all 3 judges despite landing more punches according to CompuBox.
Glen Johnson joined the Super Six World Boxing Classic replacing Mikkel Kessler due to Kessler eye injury. Glen Johnson defeated Allan Green by a knockout in the eighth round, on November 6, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada and with that win proceeded to the Semi-Final of the Super 6 Tournament where he faced Carl Froch for a place in the Super 6 Final and WBC world super-middleweight title. Johnson Lost the fight by Majority decision with one judge scoring the contest a draw and the remaining two judges scoring in favour of Froch.