Clinton Woods would consider coming out of retirement to fight old foe Glen Johnson if they: “Show me the money.”
The former IBF lightheavyweight champion’s former promoter Dennis Hobson received a call recently from Johnson’s manager, asking about the chances of a re-match. Woods deems it unlikely - unless something in the order of half a million pounds is on the table.
Woods, 41, retired in 2009 with a won 42 (KO 25) lost 5 drawn 1 sheet.
Woods beat Johnson over 12 rounds at Bolton Arena, on points, to defend his IBF light title in 2006, he lost to him over the same distance in 2004 (Ponds Forge) and the pair tied at Hillsborough Leisure Centre a year earlier.
For years, it was a dream of Woods to finalise the series. The 45 year old Miami-based Jamaican is still campaigning and has a diverse won 54 + lost 18 + drawn 2 record. He boxed last month.
Speaking on video at thestar.co.uk, Woods stated: “It would take a lot of money. Most boxers come out of retirement because they are skint. I am not. I have a nice life. There has been talk about me coming out of retirement to fight Johnson again, but it would have to be a big bag of money because even though I love boxing I don’t love it that much to fight for peanuts.”
Wouldn’t boxing after such a gap from sport be foolhardy? “I wouldn’t fight any young bucks” he said. “I have seen a couple of Johnson’s last fights he has got nothing that he used to have. His last big fight was when he lost to me when I was world champion, he has deteriorated.
“I haven’t campaigned but I am in the gym every day, I am still as fresh as a daisy.”
Woods admits his wife Natalia “would make a bigger mess of my face” if the ended his retirement.
But he would seriously think about the challenge if half a million pounds, net, fell into his lap.
“I didn’t make that big a money when I boxed so how can they entice me now? I would still get excited about fighting Johnson again, but it would take a lot of money.”
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