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‘Reno’ coming off a draw in last bout

After his last fight finished in a draw, on February 9, Bahamian professional boxer Tureano “Reno” Johnson has begun preparation for his next scheduled contest. He is set to fight in May, and looks to remain active in the ring after not fighting all of last year.

Johnson took on Mexican fighter Fernando Castaneda at Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California, USA. It was not the result he anticipated, but he was glad it was not a loss.

“I thank God that it was not a loss,” he said. “I had an opportunity to see what I did wrong and the necessary adjustments that I need to make. I had been off for roughly a little over a year, and I am excited to be back, to represent my country as always. I will work diligently toward achieving my goal of becoming a world champion,” he added.

At 35, Johnson is at an age when most fighters start to wind down their careers. Two Saturdays ago represented the first time back in the ring for him after he tore his biceps in 2017 against Sergiy “The Technician” Derevyanchenko, of the Ukraine.

He was set to fight Canadian David Lemieux in December of last year, but the fight was cancelled.

Bahamian Super Middleweight champion Johnson said: “Last year was very tumultuous for me. In 2017, I got a very tough loss against a viable opponent and tore my biceps in the process. That had me out of commission for quite some time, so I was not able to capitalize on the opportunity of being able to fight for the relevant number of times that I needed to. It was frustrating mentally and disappointing.”

His scheduled bout in May is set to be in Las Vegas, Nevada. An opponent is yet to be determined, but through his promoter, Golden Boy Promotions, Johnson is determined to fight on a regular basis in 2019.

“My promoter’s objective and primary focus this year to have me fight consistently, I am very much prepared to do that. If you want to be the best, you must beat the best, and I can only accomplish that by putting the almighty God first in every decision I make. God has been good to me, and I thank him daily, not just for my life but also this gift that he has given me — the gift of boxing,” said Johnson. “I am looking to fight as many times as my body allows, but realistically the promoters make that call, depending on TV dates, and so on.”

Johnson said some adjustments had to be made in training.

“Ultimately, training and preparation is ongoing year-round. I run, I shadow box and I train. I am an athlete and have to stay in shape,” he said.

Johnson has a record of 20-2-1 (14KOs). He said it is a very expensive venture to be a professional boxer, but one that he is prepared to endure in order to realize his goal.

“One training camp, at a minimum, can cost around $16,000 to 20,000, and $35,000 to 50,000 maximum for 12 to 16 weeks of training. For that reason, we are constantly seeking sponsorship. My team can present a proposal whereby I can be a brand ambassador for various companies, where I can wear a company’s logo so companies are able benefit from their investment,” he said.

He thanked his support system that includes his wife, Natania Johnson, who is also his managing co-ordinator; his daughter, Tatiana; mother, Ikenna Johnson, and dad, Erwin Johnson, for their continued love and support. He also thanked Apostle Phalmon Ferguson and the Family of United Faith Ministries; his coaches, Andre Rozier, Terrence Simpson and Gary Stark; sponsors Aquapure, K.S. Moses and the Food Kingdom, and the entire Bahamas for supporting him.

Johnson still holds the World Boxing Association’s (WBA) International Middleweight and World Boxing Council’s (WBC) Silver Middleweight titles. He hopes to add a world title to that collection in the not-too-distant future.

Simba French

Sports Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Simba joined The Nassau Guardian in 2012 as a technical producer for Guardian Radio 96.9 FM. He joined the Editorial Department as a sports reporter in 2018. Simba has covered a wide range of sports stories, including the 2018 CARIFTA in Nassau, Bahamas.
Education: College of the Bahamas, BA Media Journalism
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