Sinnette wants former IBF champ
By STEPHON NICHOLAS Monday, July 16 2012
Former IBF light heavyweight champion, Glen Johnson, has emerged as a possible opponent for Trinidad and Tobago’s Kirt Sinnette in the highly anticipated independence card scheduled for August 30.
Johnson, who lost to Andrzej Fonfara of Poland on Friday called it quits on his career but yesterday Boxu Potts, Special Adviser, Trinidad and Tobago Boxing Board of Control, revealed that the burly Jamaican-born boxer could return to the ring for one last hurray.
Johnson has been in the ring an astonishing 70 times with 51 victories, 17 losses and two draws.
His experience in combat could prove crucial against Sinnette if the fight goe ahead as the TT boxer has just 22 pro fights with 21 wins and one defeat.
At a press conference last week, it was announced that Cuban Luis Garcia and American Chris Henry were put forward by the WBC as the two possible challengers to Sinnette.
“There has been a new development,” Potts stated yesterday, “Glen Johnson has been thrown into the equation. The fight has been approved by the WBC who have given their blessing. Chris Henry has some legal issues and may not come and Garcia is a tentative yes.
But Sinnette wants to fight Johnson as he is a big name. He’s fought Chad Davidson and Bernard Hopkins and Sinnette believes it is a bigger name for his resume and would do more for him and the fight.
Of the three names put forward, he is the biggest and we would do everything possible to make it happen,” Potts declared.
The special adviser has taken an active role in the 38-year-old Sinnette’s career and is hoping to guide him towards success.
“I don’t seem him fighting for world titles past the next three years so I want to make everything happen in the next six months.
He’s given me the authority to advise him and take his career forward. He has to trust me and work with me,” Potts continued.
The former promoter noted that with him solely at the helm, Sinnette will be able to achieve his full potential.
“When there are too much cooks stirring a pot they get hungry when the food is finally cooked and it messes up a fighter’s career. I feel he has had too much cooks in his kitchen,” he continued.
Questioned whether the 38-year-old is a worthwhile investment at this stage of his career, a defiant Potts was adamant that the fight-hander has a legitimate shot at glory.
“He is the highest contender in all our male fighters and he is the closest contender to a world title.
I’ve seen Kevin Placide, Ria Ramnarine, Lorissa Rivas and others get a chance at a world title so why shouldn’t he as a former Olympian get his chance too,” Potts pointed out.
The flamboyant boxing personality cited former world champ George Foreman who fought with success well into his forties before retiring at age 48 as proof that age is no hindrance.
“Forty-year-olds and 30-year-olds are the new 20s in boxing. The science is more skill than youth,” he concluded.