My Night: Light-heavyweight legend Marvin Johnson on the best performance of his career

WELL, probably the best night for me as far as my boxing career is concerned was the night I knocked Victor Galindez down and was victorious over him. Even the idea of putting him on his back was very unusual because I don’t think he had ever been knocked down. So that made me feel good.

The punch that put him down was a straight left. I was left-handed and the punch wasn’t as straight as I hoped it would be. It was more of an overhand left, but it did what it needed to do.

Although Galindez was known to intimidate his opponents before his fights, he didn’t try to do that with me. What I remember actually was my momma came to that fight and he spoke very politely and respectfully to my momma and kissed her on the hand. That was the only time I saw him really before the fight. He didn’t say anything to me but I remember that. I think it was when we were in a lift leaving the weigh-in. I’ll always remember that he spoke to my momma.

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