Nobody has ever given a thing to former light heavyweight world champion Glen Johnson. Any success he has had in boxing, the "Road Warrior" has earned, including a knockout win against Roy Jones and a victory in his first fight with Antonio Tarver, performances that garnered him 2004 Fighter of the Year honors.
Johnson has spent a career fighting in other fighter's hometowns, where he has been deprived of numerous decisions he's deserved, such as in England against Clinton Woods, who got a gift draw and split-decision win against him in light heavyweight title bouts, and in Germany against Sven Ottke in a super middleweight title bout.
Now 39, but still competing on a high level -- he lost a very debatable decision to young Chad Dawson in April in a title fight -- all Johnson wants is what he rightfully deserves. That means a big fight. He's always been willing to face all comers, but he'd most like to fight light heavyweight champ Joe Calzaghe, although Calzaghe is contemplating retirement.
Besides being a top-notch fighter, Johnson is also a personable guy with a great sense of humor. So he's written Santa Claus a tongue-in-cheek letter and circulated it to media members in an effort to tweak Calzaghe -- whose injuries forced him to withdraw from previously scheduled bouts against Johnson -- into giving him a fight.
Here is what Johnson, who will headline on ESPN2's "Friday Night Fights" against Daniel Judah in a Feb. 27 rematch of a 2003 draw, had to say:
It's that time of year again, when I know you're getting tons and tons of letters from people around the world asking for gifts this holiday season. I've got to be honest with you though -- with the exception of a horrible injustice done to me in Florida on April 12, I've had a great year. I knocked out Hugo Pineda and Aaron Norwood, was crowned people's champion again after the robbery against Chad Dawson, and I've got good friends and a great team around me.
Considering that Santa, I truly believe it's better to give than to receive, so I'd like you to give the following to my friend Joe Calzaghe:
• Some old calendars, to remind him of the number of times he's pulled out of fights with me in the past. Hint: it's more than once.
• Some gold polish, so he can shine up his championship belts and keep them shiny in case he decides to put them at risk against me.
• A pack of tissues to dry his tears when he talks about the decline of boxing, when he can fight me and help revive the passion in our sport.
• A DSL or cable Internet connection, so he can read what boxing fans are saying about the fight they really want to see.
• A DVD copy of Dawson vs. Tarver I, so he can replay it and see what will happen in Dawson-Tarver II in March.
• Running shoes, so he can be comfortable whether he jogs off into the sunset or trains for his fight with me.
• A new suit, hat, and sunglasses -- the suit and hat to wear at our prefight press conference, and the sun glasses for the post fight press conference.
• A trans-Atlantic phone card, so he doesn't have the pay for the call when he contacts my promoter, Seminole Warriors Boxing, to tell them that he's going to take this fight.
• Good Luck, in his new career, if he decides not to fight me, as there really is no one else for him to fight.
Come on Joe, let's do this for the sport, and let's leave boxing with a classic fight that your fans in Wales will never forget.
The people's light heavyweight champ
Calzaghe has already said he won't give Bernard Hopkins a rematch and that he is not interested in facing Dawson. So, if Calzaghe decides against retiring and wants to fight a farewell fight in Wales, I'd like to see him face Johnson. I know one thing: Johnson sure has no trouble going on the road.