Johnson’s boxing vacation
Guardian Sports Reporter
Published: Aug 15, 2013
When the average person thinks of vacation, they usually think of the time away from their profession filled with fun, loads of rest and relaxation. But for Taureano Johnson, the definition of vacation simply means more training.
Running twice a day, a vigorous beach and cardio workout and let’s not forget hitting the gym. This is Johnson’s idea of rest and relaxation, or better yet, stepping outside of the ring. His training has intensified over the last four months. It’s a decision he made the day he took a break from professional boxing.
“Things have gotten a whole lot better,” said Johnson. “While I am enjoying my time away from the ring, I train. Yes, I am on vacation but it doesn’t mean I am taking a break from training. As a boxer there’s no vacation and training is a lifestyle. You can play all the other sports, but you can’t play boxing. This is the lifestyle I live and that is what I do best. Training is a part of my life.”
Johnson was hoping to take just two months off and return to the ring. But the injury to his hand, in his last fight with Willie Fortune was too severe and required weeks of therapy. Johnson and Fortune stepped into the ring on February 22, 2013. The eight round bout that took place in the Morongo Casino Resort and Spa, in Cabazon, California, was handed to Johnson. That win was the 14 for Johnson who made his professional debut in 2010. The Bahamian fighter has a blemish free win/loss record of 14 (Knockouts 10). The two fights prior to Fortune were Technical Knockouts (TKO) recorded in the third and first round on Morla Jose and Jonali Reyes, respectively.
He added: “It has been a long and weary path for me, the road to recovery. I cannot wait to get back into the ring and handle business. My last fight wasn’t what I expected, in terms of business. We were under the impression that I was supposed to be fighting for a title, unfortunately we weren’t able to come to an agreement. I was more than willing to take the fight. I agreed upon the circumstances that were presented to me. I stepped into the ring and did what I had to do. I knew I was going to win. If it wasn’t going to a knockout, I knew I was going to win every round. Right now it isn’t even about the win/loss record. Fighters now know the nature of Taureano and when they hear my name, they are afraid. Who won’t be afraid? People out there they aren’t suicidal anymore.
“Right now, we were looking forward to fighting Jermaine ‘Choo Choo’ Mackey at home; we are trying to capture all of the titles that he has. You know the business part of boxing is a very controversial one, very difficult to get things on the streamline. But we are looking forward to getting a fight here for the Bahamian titles. As for myself, I was hoping that this fight would have taken place already. As you know, on a logical term we are looking at four or five months.”
Johnson said he will continue to enjoy his vacation, which many people may frown upon. But for him, the long runs on Goodman’s Bay and cardio workouts are the best way to relax.