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Johnson flew under the radar in 2013 and most boxing fans were blissfully unaware of the fact that he fought twice in "comeback" bouts, first in April against somebody named Junior Ramos in the Dominican Republic where Johnson stopped his overmatched opponent in the second. Then in December, Johnson defeated Bobby Gunn by eight round unanimous decision in Pennsylvania. It's now evident that Johnson can no longer beat the best but he remains willing to fight them, and that is why fans still pay good money to see him fight against more or less hand picked opponents while Johnson tries to maneuver himself into one or two more big fights, most notably a rematch with 49 year old current IBF light heavyweight champion Bernard "The Alien" Hopkins - a fighter no stranger to advanced age.
With Johnson in the main event, CES Classic Entertainment and Sports put on and entertaining night of boxing in spite of the fact that it was originally supposed to be former World Welterweight Champion Ricardo Mayorga making an appearance and not Johnson. When a promotional contract squabble with Don King derailed Rhode Island casino fans of the chance to see man smoke a cigarette in the ring, Johnson, Clarendon, Jamaica, 180, was brought in to entertain fans and he did his job. Too bad the matchmaker didn't. Johnson's CES opponent was Jaime Velasquez, Pawtucket, RI, 180, 11-6-2, 6 KO's. Incredibly, Velasquez had not fought since 1999 and he last won a fight in 1998, when Johnson was a spry 29 years of age. That was during the Clinton Administration for anyone keeping score at home.
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Toka Kahn Clary TKO2 Carlos Fulgencio - Top Rank prospect Kahn Clary, Providence, RI, 127, was a house of fire, wearing out Carlos Fulgencio, 128, 19-13-1, 12 KO's, Miami, FL, in the first round with ripping left and rights to the head and body. By the second, Fulgencio couldn't take it to the body any longer and Kahn scored three knockdowns with an overwhelming attack downstairs before the referee waved the fight over at 1:10 with Fulgencio on the canvas. Kahn looked impressive and goes to 10-0, 7 KO's. The 21 year old prospect fights again soon in Vegas, and he is one to keep a very close eye on.
On The Undercard:
Thomas Falowo WDQ3 Jaison Palomeque - Coming off a tough decision loss in his last fight seven months ago to Chris Chatman, "The Souljah" showed some ring rust early before his jelly belly opponent got tired which allowed Falowo a chance to start walking Palomeque down, which he did, scoring a knockdown in the second. "I caught him on the button with a straight ring on the inside, and he went down." At the bell to end the round, Palomeque, 159, Cartagena, Columbia, 14-8-1 9 KO's, wobbled back to his corner on unsteady legs. After a delay in the corner to argue with the ring doctor, they finally let Palomeque come out for the third but he was dog tired when he was disqualified for a blatant knee to the abdomen at 1:57 of the round. Falowo goes to 11-2, 7 KO's but can't take much satisfaction in a win like that.
Falowo, 164, a hard working full time pharmacy tech from Pawtucket, RI talked to KO Digest at the CES afterparty about his strange night in the ring. "Mentally it was a little difficult getting back in the groove of things. My conditioning wasn't a problem but I felt a little different. I wasn't hurt by the knee but I was shocked and it caught me off guard."
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Alvin Varmall Jr TKO3 Andre Ward - Opening bout, cruiserweights. Not that Ward was pesky with jabs and right crosses but Varmall, LaPlace, LA, 2-0, 2 KO, 198, ran through him like Mike Tyson, busted up his left eye and finished him off with a barrage of punches punctuated by a left hook in the third round to go to 2-0 , 2 KO's. Ward, Washington DC, 198, 1-2-4, 1 KO was game and he made his man work in there but he just couldn't keep Varmall off of him and he could hardly see him through that nasty left eye.
KO Digest Ringside Report by Jeffrey Freeman
Photos Courtesy of Pattee Mak