Lucian Bute and Glen Johnson are both friends and familiar foes, having sparred for nearly 100 rounds two years ago in preparation for separate title bouts.
Mark “Too Sharp” Johnson: “There was never any pressure being the only black guy anywhere near my weight class. I never ran from it. In fact, I embraced it.”
Lamont Peterson: “This is a dream come true for me. This is my chance right here to win two world titles right here in my home town.”
Undersized heavyweight Eddie Chambers will try to topple another giant when he faces Tony Thompson in October, a fight that could lead to a rematch with Wladimir Klitschko.