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Boxer Johnson focusing on locally-based shows

  • Taureano Johnson.

Published: Sep 07, 2013

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Taureano Johnson wants badly to get former Commonwealth super middleweight champion Jermain Mackey into the ring. His immediate plan though, whether the Mackey match materializes or not, is to orchestrate for his camp to become involved in locally based shows.

Johnson approached The Bahamas Boxing Commission recently to get an idea of the conditions that must be complied with. His intention is to set the foundation for his associates to begin working towards doing shows here at home. It is clear that Johnson is concentrating on taking his career in a new direction.

He has a perfect record of 14-0 with 10 knockouts, but hasn’t fought since February when he won a decision over Willie Fortune at the Morongo Casino in California.

Johnson had nine fights in 2012 and just the one in February, this year. At 29, I think his decision to step back and chart a new career course is an intelligent way to go. The boxing business can be more brutal than the competition in the ring. It is the business side that has derailed many careers.

For the greatest amateur boxer to come out of The Bahamas, it makes sense to take the time to ponder his options. He started his professional career, rather late, following a distinguished amateur campaign that had him climb all the way to the No. 4 ranking in the world as a welterweight in 2008.

The Willie Fortune match was a good one for Johnson. He went in against another fighter with a no-loss record and proved himself against a quality opponent.  Now, he is looking “hard at fighting more” at home.

“I want to fight at home. I have spoken with Meacher Major, and he wants the same. I want badly to fight Jermain Mackey. But, whatever happens, I want to make provisions to get some ring action at home. I have spoken to my people, and they will take the necessary steps,” confirmed Johnson.

One of the difficulties faced by Johnson, Major and others, in putting together shows is the state of the economy. It is not a good market promoters face these days. Companies that once stepped up and provided some level of sponsorship are guarding their economic situations. It is a big risk factor to depend upon the gate, as the numbers have not been sufficient in recent years to offset other promotional expenses, inclusive of the purses for the show participants.

It is encouraging nevertheless, when Johnson and Major continue to show the interests to find associates to bring boxing shows on stream again. The commission has long been of a very flexible inclination towards promoters. That position remains.

Johnson is encouraged to think long and hard before continuing his career. If he is successful in making arrangements to fight from a “Bahamian base” that would be a big positive for the local boxing scene.

Best wishes to you Taureano!

• To respond to this column, kindly contact Fred Sturrup at sturrup1504@gmail.com.

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