Middleweight Tureano Johnson (18-1, 13 KOs) of Nassau in the Bahamas, has signed on with Golden Boy Promotions. Golden Boy’s roster includes Saul “Canelo” Alvarez who will challenge Miguel Cotto for the world middleweight championship and also IBF middleweight titlist David Lemieux. Johnson (18-1) suffered his only loss, a tenth-round stoppage against Curtis Stevens in 2014. He currently trains in Georgia.
“At this point in my career, it is important for me to stay focused on my goals which are to fight, to provide for my family, to make my Country proud, but ultimately to do what I was born to do to become a World Champion,” said Tureano Johnson. “I have had many good offers but this decision was made based on my purpose, for I believe boxing is not a sport, it’s a lifestyle. For that reason and with a new team trainer, Tyrone Jones, new manager Garcia O Staley Sr. from Titanium Sports and Entertainment, and promoter Golden Boy Promotions, I would say I made a Golden decision, the legacy lives.”
“Tureano Johnson has proven himself to be a top contender in the middleweight division,” said Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. “This year, the middleweight division has catapulted itself back into the forefront of boxing with a caliber of talent reminiscent of legendary fighters like Carlos ‘Escopeta’ Monzon, ‘Marvelous’ Marvin Haggler and Bernard ‘The Alien’ Hopkins. Johnson has demonstrated his ability to become a champion and with Golden Boy Promotions at his side, he has the opportunity to grow into a top middleweight of this era.”
Boasting an amateur career of more than 300 fights, Johnson, [formerly with Gary Shaw Productions] accumulated many accolades early in his career including the best boxer award at the Caribbean Amateur Boxing Association Championships four times.
In 2008, Johnson advanced to the quarterfinals in Beijing, China. At the age of 26, Johnson made his professional debut in 2010 and quickly amassed 18 wins with his some of his best triumphs happening in 2014, including an unanimous decision against the previously undefeated Mike Gavronski in July; an 87-second knockout of Valerio Marte in November and a sixth-round stoppage of Humberto Toledo in December. Johnson opened up 2015 with a victory over Alex Theran in January.
It would be great to see Johnson get a shot at Golovkin if the bigger names aren’t pressed to do so. Johnson would be a good matchup for Golovkin.