2003-11-07 Glen Johnson drew 12 Clinton Woods, Hillsborough Leisure Centre, Sheffield, England - IBF
2003-11-07 Glen Johnson drew 12 Clinton Woods, Hillsborough Leisure Centre, Sheffield, England - IBF. Referee: Ian John-Lewis. Scorecards: 116-112, 113-115, 114-114. In a match that was originally intended to be an eliminator, it assumed full title status at the end of October 2003 when Antonio Tarver opted to return his belt ahead of a WBC title showdown with Roy Jones on 8 November.
Although Johnson (173¾) appeared to win handily it was more to do with him winning rounds on the judges’ cards with plenty to spare, whereas Woods (174) edged or nicked his winning rounds. Contested under the ten-point ‘must’ system, because there were no knockdowns all winning rounds were scored 10-9. To be fair, Johnson looked to be the better craftsman of the two, but Woods, who damaged his left hand, certainly warranted a rematch for his dogged persistence.