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Harold Johnson (boxer)

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Harold Johnson
Harold Johnson 1954b.jpg
Johnson in 1954
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Real nameHarold Johnson
Nickname(s)Hercules
Weight(s)Light Heavyweight
Middleweight
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Reach74 in (188 cm)
NationalityAmerican
Born(1928-08-09)August 9, 1928
Manayunk, Pennsylvania
DiedFebruary 19, 2015(2015-02-19) (aged 86)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights88
Wins76
Wins by KO32
Losses11
Draws0
No contests1

Harold Johnson (August 9, 1928 – February 19, 2015) was a professional boxer. He held the World Light Heavyweight Championship from 1962 to 1963.

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Boxing career

Johnson was born in Manayunk, Philadelphia. He started boxing while serving in the United States Navy and turned professional in 1946. He won his first twenty-four fights before losing a ten-round decision to Archie Moore in 1949. Moore would be Johnson's biggest career rival. Johnson rebounded with four straight victories, including a ten-round decision win against future Hall of Fame inductee Jimmy Bivins.[1]

Johnson's father, Phil Johnson, was also a professional boxer. Phil and Harold Johnson became the first father/son combination to not only fight the same fighter, but lose to him as well. Both suffered third-round knockout defeats at the hands of future World Heavyweight Champion Jersey Joe Walcott in 1936 and 1950, respectively. Harold lost after suffering an injury to the intervertebral disc in the small of his back.[2]

After five consecutive wins, Johnson resumed his rivalry with Archie Moore, fighting Moore three times in a row between September 1951 and January 1954. All three went the ten-round distance. Johnson lost the rematch, won the rubber match and lost the fourth bout.

In 1952, Johnson split two fights with Bob Satterfield, losing the first by decision and winning the second by knockout, and won a decision over heavyweight contender Nino Valdez. The following year, he defeated former World Heavyweight Champion Ezzard Charles by a split decision. Johnson would finally get a title shot eight years into his career in his fifth and final fight against Archie Moore in 1954. Moore was making the third defense of the World Light Heavyweight Championship. In an exciting fight, Johnson knocked Moore down in the 10th round and was ahead on the scorecards after 13 rounds. But Moore rallied, knocking Johnson down and stopping him in the 14th round.[3]

Johnson outpointed Julio Mederos over ten rounds in 1954. The following year, they had a rematch in Philadelphia. Johnson collapsed after the second round and was carried from the ring on a stretcher. Tests later revealed that Johnson had been drugged with a barbiturate. As a result, the Governor of Pennsylvania suspended boxing in the state for 114 days and instructed the Pennsylvania Athletic Commission to launch a probe. Johnson said he started feeling ill in his dressing room after eating an orange that had been given to him by a stranger who said he was a long-time admirer. A chemical analysis of a piece of the orange showed no trace of a drug or barbiturate. The probe never did uncover who drugged Johnson or how the drug was administered. However, the commission ruled that Johnson knew he was not in condition to fight and should've reported that fact to commission officials on duty that night. He was suspended for six months and his purse was forfeited.[4]

When the National Boxing Association (NBA) withdrew recognition of Archie Moore as World Light Heavyweight Champion for failure to defend, Johnson defeated Jesse Bowdry in 1961 by a ninth-round technical knockout to capture the vacant NBA title. In his first title defense, Johnson stopped Von Clay in two rounds. After defeating second-ranked heavyweight contender Eddie Machen by a ten-round decision in a non-title bout, Johnson successfully defended his title for a second time with a split decision victory over 4th-ranked light heavyweight contender Eddie Cotton.

Johnson gained universal recognition as World Light Heavyweight Champion when he defeated Doug Jones in 1962 by a decision in fifteen rounds. He successfully defended the undisputed title once, outpointing Gustav Scholz in Berlin, then lost it to Willie Pastrano by a fifteen-round split decision in 1963.[5] Johnson would never fight for a title again and retired in 1971 with a record of 76–11 with 32 knockouts.

Johnson was inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame in 1992 and the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1993.

Johnson was named the 7th greatest light heavyweight of the 20th century by the Associated Press in 1999.[6] Three years later, The Ring magazine ranked Johnson 7th on the list "The 20 Greatest Light Heavyweight of All-Time" and 80th on the list "The 80 Best Fighters of the Last 80 Years."[7] Johnson died at the age of 86 on February 19, 2015.[8]

Professional boxing record

76 Wins (32 knockouts, 44 decisions), 11 Losses (5 knockouts, 6 decisions)
Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Loss 76–11 United States Herschel Jacobs TKO 3 March 30, 1971 United States Sunnyside Gardens, Queens, New York City Referee stopped the bout at 0:24 of the third round due to a cut over Johnson's right eye.
Win 76–10 United States Johnny Alford UD 10 June 11, 1968 United States Miami Beach Convention Hall, Miami Beach, Florida
Win 75–10 Germany Lothar Stengel PTS 10 February 3, 1968 Germany Festhalle Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Hesse Stengel was down in the second and fifth rounds.
Win 74–10 United States Eddie "Bossman" Jones PTS 10 August 7, 1967 United States Silver Slipper, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 73–10 United States Herschel Jacobs UD 10 May 1, 1967 United States New Orleans Municipal Auditorium, New Orleans, Louisiana 7–1, 7–3, 6–3.
Win 72–10 Finland Pekka Kokkonen PTS 10 December 6, 1966 Austria Stadthalle, Vienna
Loss 71–10 United States Johnny Persol UD 10 January 7, 1966 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City 4–5, 4–5, 3–6.
Win 71–9 United States Hank Casey KO 8 April 20, 1964 United States Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, California
Win 70–9 United States Henry Hank UD 10 December 6, 1963 United States The Blue Horizon, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Loss 69–9 United States Willie Pastrano SD 15 June 1, 1963 United States Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada Lost WBA, WBC, The Ring, and lineal light heavyweight titles
Win 69–8 United States Tommy Merrill TKO 9 March 19, 1963 United States Catholic Youth Center, Scranton, Pennsylvania
Win 68–8 Germany Gustav Scholz UD 15 June 23, 1962 Germany Olympiastadion, Westend, Berlin Retained NBA, The Ring, and lineal light heavyweight titles
Win 67–8 United States Doug Jones UD 15 May 12, 1962 United States Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Retained NBA and lineal light heavyweight titles
Won vacant The Ring light heavyweight title
Win 66–8 United States Eddie Cotton SD 15 August 29, 1961 United States Sick's Stadium, Seattle, Washington Retained NBA light heavyweight title
Won vacant lineal light heavyweight title
Win 65–8 United States Eddie Machen PTS 10 July 1, 1961 United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 64–8 United States Von Clay TKO 2 April 24, 1961 United States Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Retained NBA light heavyweight title
Win 63–8 United States Jesse Bowdry TKO 9 February 7, 1961 United States Miami Beach Convention Hall, Miami Beach, Florida Won vacant NBA light heavyweight title
Win 62–8 United States Clarence Floyd UD 10 May 4, 1960 United States Philadelphia Convention Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Win 61–8 United States Sonny Ray TKO 10 November 11, 1959 United States Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois
Win 60–8 United States Johnny York TKO 6 August 4, 1959 United States Wahconah Park, Pittsfield, Massachusetts
Win 59–8 United States Rudy Watkins KO 6 December 15, 1958 United States Cambria A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Win 58–8 United States Howard King UD 10 December 3, 1958 United States Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois
Win 57–8 United States Ollie Wilson TKO 2 April 15, 1958 United States Foot Guard Hall, Hartford, Connecticut
Win 56–8 United States Bert Whitehurst UD 10 January 17, 1958 United States Syracuse War Memorial Arena, Syracuse, New York
Win 55–8 United States Sid Peaks KO 5 December 17, 1957 United States Toledo, Ohio
Win 54–8 United States Wayne Bethea UD 10 September 10, 1957 United States Philadelphia Convention Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Win 53–8 United States Clarence Hinnant KO 1 May 31, 1957 United States St. Nicholas Arena, New York City
Win 52–8 United States Bob Satterfield UD 10 March 12, 1957 United States Miami Beach Auditorium, Miami Beach, Florida
Win 51–8 United States Bert Whitehurst PTS 10 December 8, 1956 United States Portland Exposition Building, Portland, Maine
Loss 50–8 Cuba Julio Mederos TKO 2 May 6, 1955 United States Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Tests revealed that Johnson had been drugged. Some sources list this bout as a no contest
Win 50–7 United States Paul Andrews KO 6 February 11, 1955 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City
Win 49–7 United States Marty Marshall UD 10 December 22, 1954 United States Detroit Olympia, Detroit, Michigan
Win 48–7 Cuba Julio Mederos UD 10 December 7, 1954 United States Miami Beach Auditorium, Miami Beach, Florida
Loss 47–7 United States Oakland Billy Smith KO 2 October 8, 1954 United States Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Loss 47–6 United States Archie Moore TKO 14 August 11, 1954 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City For The Ring and lineal light heavyweight title
Win 47–5 United States Paul Andrews MD 10 March 17, 1954 United States Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois
Win 46–5 United States Charley Doc Williams TKO 8 February 15, 1954 United States Miami Beach Auditorium, Miami Beach, Florida
Win 45–5 United States Jimmy "The Spoiler" Slade SD 10 January 29, 1954 United States St. Nicholas Arena, New York City 5–4, 7–3, 4–5.
Win 44–5 United States Chubby Wright UD 10 November 19, 1953 United States Hershey Sports Arena, Hershey, Pennsylvania 9–1, 7–2–1, 6–4.
Win 43–5 United States Henry Hall UD 10 November 7, 1953 United States Milwaukee Auditorium, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 6–2, 8–1, 8–1.
Win 42–5 United States Ezzard Charles SD 10 September 8, 1953 United States Shibe Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 6–3, 4–5, 7–3.
Win 41–5 United States Toxie Hall UD 10 May 11, 1953 United States Dinner Key, Miami, Florida
Win 40–5 United States Billy Gilliam UD 10 March 21, 1953 United States Toledo Sports Arena, Toledo, Ohio
Win 39–5 United States Jimmy "The Spoiler" Slade UD 10 January 16, 1953 United States St. Nicholas Arena, New York City 5–4, 10–0, 7–3.
Win 38–5 Cuba Nino Valdes UD 10 November 24, 1952 United States Boxing From Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, New York 8–1, 10–0, 10–1.
Win 37–5 United States Bob Satterfield KO 2 October 6, 1952 United States Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Satterfield knocked out at 1:58 of the second round.
Win 36–5 United States Leonard Morrow KO 3 September 16, 1952 United States Toledo, Ohio Morrow knocked out at 1:55 of the third round.
Loss 35–5 United States Bob Satterfield SD 10 August 6, 1952 United States Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois 49–51, 52–48, 46–54.
Win 35–4 United States Clarence Henry SD 10 March 17, 1952 United States Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Loss 34–4 United States Archie Moore UD 10 January 29, 1952 United States Toledo Sports Arena, Toledo, Ohio 53–46, 53–46, 56–44.
Win 34–3 United States Archie Moore UD 10 December 10, 1951 United States Arena, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 5–4, 5–4, 6–4.
Loss 33–3 United States Archie Moore UD 10 September 24, 1951 United States Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 5–4–1, 6–3–1, 6–3–1.
Win 33–2 United States Chubby Wright UD 10 July 23, 1951 United States Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Win 32–2 United States Elkins Brothers TKO 10 June 18, 1951 United States Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Referee stopped the bout at 1:53 of the tenth round.
Win 31–2 United States Chuck Hunter PTS 8 February 9, 1951 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City
Win 30–2 United States Dusty Wilkerson KO 4 January 22, 1951 United States Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Wilkerson knocked out at 2:04 of the fourth round.
Win 29–2 United States Harry Daniels KO 2 December 18, 1950 United States Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Loss 28–2 United States Jersey Joe Walcott KO 3 February 8, 1950 United States Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Johnson counted out at 1:03 of the third round after collapsing due to a back injury.
Win 28–1 United States Bert "Chocolate Kid" Lytell PTS 10 December 7, 1949 United States Dayton, Ohio
Win 27–1 United States Jimmy Bivins UD 10 October 26, 1949 United States Philadelphia Convention Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 5–4, 6–4, 6–4.
Win 26–1 United States Henry Hall UD 10 July 25, 1949 United States Borchert Field, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 7–2, 10–0, 9–0.
Win 25–1 United States Henry Hall UD 10 June 16, 1949 United States Milwaukee Auditorium, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Loss 24–1 United States Archie Moore UD 10 April 26, 1949 United States Philadelphia Convention Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Win 24–0 Chile Arturo Godoy UD 10 February 23, 1949 United States Philadelphia Convention Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Win 23–0 United States Lee Willard KO 7 December 14, 1948 United States Philadelphia Convention Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Win 22–0 United States Jim Holden PTS 8 November 9, 1948 United States Allentown, Pennsylvania
Win 21–0 Portugal Agostinho Guedes TKO 3 September 28, 1948 United States Philadelphia Convention Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Referee stopped the bout at 2:16 of the third round.
Win 20–0 United States Vernon Williams PTS 8 May 13, 1948 United States Waltz Dream Arena, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 19–0 United States Kenny Harris UD 10 March 29, 1948 United States Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Win 18–0 United States Kenny Harris UD 8 March 1, 1948 United States Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Win 17–0 United States Kid Wolfe PTS 8 December 11, 1947 United States Waltz Dream Arena, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 16–0 United States Herbie Katz KO 1 November 24, 1947 United States Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Win 15–0 United States Jimmy Moore KO 5 November 6, 1947 United States Waltz Dream Arena, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 14–0 Eddie Beazley TKO 1 October 6, 1947 United States Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Win 13–0 United States Al Pinel PTS 6 August 4, 1947 United States Philadelphia Municipal Stadium, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Win 12–0 United States Tommy Ruth KO 6 July 8, 1947 United States Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Ruth knocked out at 1:17 of the sixth round.
Win 11–0 United States Fred Lester TKO 8 May 26, 1947 United States Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Referee stopped the bout at 1:52 of the eighth round.
Win 10–0 United States Leon Szymurski TKO 3 April 28, 1947 United States Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Win 9–0 United States Tony Gillo PTS 6 March 10, 1947 United States Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Win 8–0 Joe Van Loan TKO 2 February 17, 1947 United States Philadelphia Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Win 7–0 United States Jim Holden KO 4 February 10, 1947 United States William Allen High School, Allentown, Pennsylvania
Win 6–0 United States Chappie Manning PTS 6 January 24, 1947 United States Reading Armory, Reading, Pennsylvania
Win 5–0 United States Frank Lowry TKO 2 January 10, 1947 United States Cambria A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Win 4–0 United States Randy Ingram KO 4 October 25, 1946 United States Cambria A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Win 3–0 United States Jack Simon KO 4 September 25, 1946 United States Allentown, Pennsylvania
Win 2–0 United States Charles Lester KO 2 August 20, 1946 United States Pennsylvania
Win 1–0 United States Joe Riley KO 2 July 30, 1946 United States Wilmington, Delaware

See also

References

  1. ^ The Boxing Register: International Boxing Hall of Fame Official Record Book. Books.google.com. Retrieved June 20, 2014.
  2. ^ "Pug Collapses In Third Round Of Walcott Mix". News.google.com. February 9, 1950. Retrieved June 20, 2014.
  3. ^ "Moore Decks Johnson, Craves Shot at Marciano". News.google.com. August 12, 1954. Retrieved June 20, 2014.
  4. ^ "Suspension Ordered for Harold Johnson". News.google.com. July 7, 1955. Retrieved June 20, 2014.
  5. ^ "Pastrano Wins Title With Upset Decision". News.google.com. June 2, 1963. Retrieved June 20, 2014.
  6. ^ "Boxing's Best of the Century". Boxing.about.com. March 12, 2014. Retrieved June 20, 2014.
  7. ^ "Ring Magazine's 80 Best Fighters of the Last 80 Years". Boxing.about.com. June 6, 2014. Retrieved June 20, 2014.
  8. ^ "Harold Johnson passes". Fightnews.com. February 19, 2015. Archived from the original on February 20, 2015. Retrieved February 20, 2015.

External links

Achievements
Preceded by
Archie Moore
Stripped
NBA-WBA Light Heavyweight Champion
February 7, 1961 – June 1, 1963
The NBA became the WBA on August 23, 1962
Succeeded by
Willie Pastrano
Preceded by
Archie Moore
Vacated
World Light Heavyweight Champion
May 12, 1962 – June 1, 1963
Preceded by
Inaugural Champion
WBC Light Heavyweight Champion
February 14, 1963 – June 1, 1963
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