Not long after Paul Johnson began his career as a professional boxer, he learned a lesson all too familiar to many of his predecessors in the racket: A boxer may command his own destiny inside the ring, but outside it he holds little sway. It was 1980, and Johnson had signed on for a bout at the Prom, a then-popular fight venue on University Avenue in St. Paul. As he stepped into the ring, Johnson, a middleweight, boasted a decent record--seven wins, three losses--and a reputation for coming out swinging. "In the first round, I hit the guy with a right hand and hurt him bad," he recalls. "One of my old trainers was working the guy's corner, and he must have said something to him, because then he came out in the second round and I got knocked on my butt.... More >>>