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Johnny Wilson

W L D
48 21 2
29 KOs 3 KOs
last 6


bouts 72
rounds 550
KOs 29%
 
global ID 11328
aliasGiovanni Francesco Panica
born 1893-03-23
death date1985-12-08 / age 92
debut1912-10-05 / age 19
divisionmiddleweight
stancesouthpaw
height5′ 9″   /   175cm
reach
72″   /   183cm
residence
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
birth place
New York, New York, USA

newspaper decisions
bouts rounds won lost drawn
100 282 14 8 6

Career Record

date lbs opponent lbs
record 
location
result 
rounds
1926-10-04
159Maxie Rosenbloom164½39 8 6
Motor Square Garden, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
LUD10/10
 L 
UD
10/10
  
According to the Pittsburgh Post, Rosenbloom won every round.
1926-09-24
160¼Chief Halbran1709 10 2
Armory, Stamford, Connecticut, USA
W KO5/10
 W  
KO
5/10
  
referee: Jim Keefe
Halbran down three times in the bout.
1926-08-27
160Maxie Rosenbloom164¼37 7 6
Coney Island Stadium, Brooklyn, New York, USA
LPTS12/12
 L 
PTS
12/12
  
1926-06-10
Rocky Marion0 1 1
Richmond, Virginia, USA
W KO5/10
 W  
KO
5/10
  
1925-04-17
164½Harry Greb168½86 6 3
Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
LPTS10/10
 L 
PTS
10/10
  
This was a "sizzling battle," much the best of the three between Greb and Wilson. It was closely fought and even on rounds, but Greb's rounds were much more decisive and he got the decision.
1924-12-09
159½Tiger Flowers159½73 8 3
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA
LTKO3/10
 L 
TKO
3/10
  
time: 2:55   referee: Eddie Purdy
1924-09-17
Jock Malone52 7 3
Auditorium, Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA
LNWS10/10
 L 
NWS
10/10
  
Popular verdict - a win for Malone (World Almanac)
1924-07-29
159½Jock Malone154½52 6 3
Braves Field, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
W TKO6/10
 W  
TKO
6/10
  
referee: Joe O'Connor   judges: Jim HarmonJohn T. Glackin
1924-02-12
161½Tommy Loughran17015 3 1
Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
LPTS10/10
 L 
PTS
10/10
  
1924-01-29
161Pal Reed159½39 15 3
Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
W PTS10/10
 W  
PTS
10/10
  
referee: Jack Sheehan   judges: Pat MoranJohn T. Glackin
1924-01-18
159¼Harry Greb158½70 5 2
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA
LUD15/15
 L 
UD
15/15
  
referee: Patsy Haley   judges: Billy JohEddie Purdy
World Middleweight Title
According to Boxing Blade, this was a close fight, but the decision met with "the approval of the fans." Wilson made his best showing in the early rounds, taking the 1st, 3rd, and 5th. After that, Greb came on and the 7th round was probably his best one. Greb also did very well in the 8th, 10th, and 15th. Wilson's best late round was the 12th. Most of the others were "about fifty-fifty." This was not one of Greb's better efforts.
1923-12-18
160Pat McCarthy16523 11 4
Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
W RTD3/10
 W  
RTD
3/10
  
referee: Johnny Brassil   judges: Pat MoranWilliam T. McDermott
1923-11-16
162½Pal Reed16039 13 2
Arena, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
W PTS10/10
 W  
PTS
10/10
  
referee: Johnny Brassil   judges: Pat MoranWilliam T. McDermott
1923-10-19
163George Robinson17051 36 10
Arena, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
W PTS10/10
 W  
PTS
10/10
  
referee: Jack Sheehan   judges: William T. McDermottJohn T. Glackin
1923-08-31
158Harry Greb15867 3 2
Polo Grounds, New York, New York, USA
LUD15/15
 L 
UD
15/15
  
referee: Jack O'Sullivan   judges: Frankie MaddenCharles F. Mathison
World Middleweight Title
The Pittsburgh Post reported that Greb did not fight in his usual cyclonic style. Evidently fearing disqualification he boxed in orthodox style. Wilson punched mainly for the body, winning the 10th, 14th, and 15th rounds. Greb took all of the others. The 8th was Harry's best round, and next to that the second. Greb won beyond argument even though he fought flat-footed. He was too quick and busy for the plodding Wilson. Nevertheless, it was not of Harry's better showings. (This is from the report of Regis Welsh.) Some writers thought that Greb still used a lot of rough tactics. One writer thought that the fight was close. All accounts showed that it was an ordinary fight, lacking thrills. Neither man was ever in danger of being stopped.
1923-06-22
Eddie Carterdebut
Airport, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA
W NWS8/8
 W  
NWS
8/8
  
This is the correct date for this bout--Wilson won the newspaper decision per the Philadelphia Inquirer.
1922-07-04
Al Demarisdebut
Fair Grounds Arena, Rutland, Vermont, USA
W KO4/8
 W  
KO
4/8
  
1922-04-21
KO Jaffe3 8 0
Hazleton, Pennsylvania, USA
W TKO4/10
 W  
TKO
4/10
  
Wilson was knocked down in the second round. "As the fourth began, Jaffe fell on his knees and with Wilson ready to put over a K.O., the referee called off the proceedings." Boston Globe
1921-09-05
159Bryan Downey154½36 3 8
Boyle's Thirty Acres, Jersey City, New Jersey, USA
DNWS12/12
 D 
NWS
12/12
  
referee: Jim Savage
World Middleweight Title
Wilson and Downey "fought twelve tame rounds to a draw." (Newark Advocate & Trenton Times (INS))
Downey was recognized as champ in Ohio; Wilson was the recognized champ everywhere else.
1921-07-27
Bryan Downey36 2 8
League Park, Cleveland, Ohio, USA
W DQ7/12
 W  
DQ
7/12
  
referee: Jimmy Gardner
Bout fought at catchweights with no official weigh-in After the bout, Downey's manager claimed Downey had weighed 154 in the afternoon and stated that Wilson weighed about 172. Wilson was floored three times in the seventh. As Wilson arose from the last knockdown, Downey hit him with a punch that knocked him out. The referee disqualified Downey, but the Cleveland and Ohio commissions disagreed with the result and recognized Downey as winning by 7th round kayo. Downey was recognized as Middleweight champion in Ohio from this point.
1921-07-15
162George Robinson161½45 28 9
Arena, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
W PTS10/10
 W  
PTS
10/10
  
referee: George F. Freeman   judges: Herman NickersonJim Harmon
1921-05-25
Joe Chip19 8 5
Roller Palace Rink, Detroit, Michigan, USA
W NWS10/10
 W  
NWS
10/10
  
Wilson "ten pounds overweight" won the newspaper decision. (Decatur Daily Review) According to the Detroit Free Press (Herb Goldman), Wilson administered a "terrific lacing" to Chip. Wilson made a very impressive showing and looked like a real champion.
1921-03-17
158Mike O'Dowd159¼46 3 2
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA
W SD15/15
 W  
SD
15/15
  
referee: Johnny McAvoy
NYSAC World middleweight title
World Middleweight Title Judges split, so referee McAvoy's vote decided it for Wilson. Judge Jack Roulette voted for O'Dowd and Judge Tommy Shortell for Wilson.
1921-02-10
158Navy Rostan1561 6 0
Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA
W KO2/10
 W  
KO
2/10
  
World Middleweight Title
1921-01-17
162Joe Chip15819 7 5
Motor Square Garden, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
W NWS10/10
 W  
NWS
10/10
  
Wilson won the newspaper decision. (Sandusky Star Journal) Newspaper decision from the Pittsburgh Post which reported that Wilson won six rounds, Chip two, and two were even. This was not an 8-rounder.
1920-12-09
George Robinson43 23 9
Mount Royal Arena, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
LNWS10/10
 L 
NWS
10/10
  
Robinson was reported to have won the newspaper decision in the Boston Globe. Robinson was down once, Wilson twice.
Wilson brought his own referee: J. Trokas of Salem, MA. Montreal Gazette
1920-08-02
Steve Choynski4 3 0
Bison Stadium, Buffalo, New York, USA
W KO5/10
 W  
KO
5/10
  
referee: Dick Nugent
1920-07-20
Young Fisher16 14 0
Arena, Syracuse, New York, USA
LNWS10/10
 L 
NWS
10/10
  
(Syracuse Herald)
1920-07-01
157¾Soldier Bartfield149½38 6 1
1st Regiment Armory, Newark, New Jersey, USA
W NWS12/12
 W  
NWS
12/12
  
World Middleweight Title
"Two papers gave the decision to the champion by a shade, one gave it to Bartfield and another called it a draw." (Sandusky Star Journal) The Boston Globe, New York Times and Chicago Tribune all had Wilson winning the fight. The Washington Post had Bartfield winning.
1920-05-06
156Mike O'Dowd159½41 2 1
Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
W PTS12/12
 W  
PTS
12/12
  
referee: Hector McInnes
World Middleweight Title
1920-04-07
Pal Reed20 2 0
Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
W PTS12/12
 W  
PTS
12/12
  
Source: Boston Globe.
1920-03-08
Billy Murray59 14 9
Casino Hall, Lynn, Massachusetts, USA
W TKO2/12
 W  
TKO
2/12
  
Source: Boston Globe. The date of this fight is often incorrectly shown as March 9, 1920.
1919-12-25
Jack London1 4 0
Webster, Massachusetts, USA
W KO2/10
 W  
KO
2/10
  
1919-10-20
Young Ahearn23 10 4
Fenway A.A., Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
W KO1/10
 W  
KO
1/10
  
1919-08-25
Young Ahearn23 9 4
Fenway A.A., Boston, Massachusetts, USA
W KO6/10
 W  
KO
6/10
  
Wilson used a body attack to knock out Ahearn. A left to the body ended the fight.
1919-07-19
Young Ahearn23 9 3
O'Sullivan Park, Lawrence, Massachusetts, USA
DPTS12/12
 D 
PTS
12/12
  
This was a bad decision--Wilson won the fight. He struck the referee in anger after the draw was announced. (Boston Globe) According to the Boston Globe, Wilson's opponent was the well known middleweight, Young Ahearn. Previously, his opponent was shown as "Jake Ahern." Ahearn's name was actually Jacob Woodward; "Ahern" is just a misspelling.
1919-07-03
George Robinson39 16 8
Maplewood Park, Bangor, Maine, USA
W NWS12/12
 W  
NWS
12/12
  
Wilson won the newspaper decision according to the Boston Globe.
1919-05-12
Young Fisher15 8 0
Fenway A.A., Boston, Massachusetts, USA
W PTS12/12
 W  
PTS
12/12
  
Source: Boston Globe. Wilson won easily.
1919-05-05
Pat McCarthy4 3 3
Fenway A.A., Boston, Massachusetts, USA
W PTS10/10
 W  
PTS
10/10
  
1919-05-02
Cyclone Scott1 6 3
Brockton, Massachusetts, USA
W KO3/10
 W  
KO
3/10
  
Source: the Boston Globe.
1919-04-17
Pat McCarthy4 3 2
Lawrence, Massachusetts, USA
DPTS10/10
 D 
PTS
10/10
  
This appears to have been McCarthy's first fight after military service.
1918-05-06
Augie Ratner14 3 0
Douglas A.C., Chelsea, Massachusetts, USA
W PTS12/12
 W  
PTS
12/12
  
1918-04-15
Leo Houck40 7 3
Douglas A.C., Chelsea, Massachusetts, USA
W PTS12/12
 W  
PTS
12/12
  
Source: Boston Globe. This fight did not occur on March 27, 1918, as was shown here previously.
1918-04-10
Frank Carbone11 6 2
Rollo Rink, Newport, Rhode Island, USA
LDQ1/12
 L 
DQ
1/12
  
Wilson was disqualified for punching low.
1918-03-11
Leo Houck39 7 3
Douglas A.C., Chelsea, Massachusetts, USA
LPTS12/12
 L 
PTS
12/12
  
Source: Boston Globe. Houck closed strongly to pull out a victory.
1918-03-05
Pinky Crosby1 1 1
Freeman's Hall, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USA
W KO2/10
 W  
KO
2/10
  
1918-01-28
Victor Dahl7 5 1
Douglas A.C., Chelsea, Massachusetts, USA
W KO1/12
 W  
KO
1/12
  
1917-12-14
Art Magirl53 8 9
Rollo Rink, Newport, Rhode Island, USA
W TKO3/12
 W  
TKO
3/12
  
1917-11-16
Jack Savage7 10 2
Camp Devens, Ayer, Massachusetts, USA
W PTS12/12
 W  
PTS
12/12
  
From the Boston Globe.
1917-10-19
Victor Dahl6 3 0
Rollo Rink, Newport, Rhode Island, USA
W PTS12/12
 W  
PTS
12/12
  
1917-07-28
Roddy MacDonald19 8 8
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
LPTS15/15
 L 
PTS
15/15
  
This was the fourth and last of the fights between Wilson and MacDonald. Source: Michel Gladu, Repentigny Quebec.
1917-04-27
Al Nelson8 4 3
Manchester, New Hampshire, USA
W KO1/10
 W  
KO
1/10
  
1917-04-19
Carl Hertz11 5 8
Commercial A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, USA
W PTS10/10
 W  
PTS
10/10
  
1917-04-13
Jack Savage5 10 2
Garde d'Honneur Hall, Fitchburg, Massachusetts, USA
DNWS10/10
 D 
NWS
10/10
  
Newspaper decision from the Fitchburg Daily Sentinel
1917-03-21
Joe White18 4 6
North Shore A.C., Beverly, Massachusetts, USA
LDQ3/12
 L 
DQ
3/12
  
1917-02-23
Al Nelson7 4 3
Bangor, Maine, USA
W NWS12/12
 W  
NWS
12/12
  
1917-01-19
George Robinson22 5 5
Commercial A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, USA
LPTS10/10
 L 
PTS
10/10
  
1916-12-25
Al Rogers27 15 12
Bangor, Maine, USA
W NWS12/12
 W  
NWS
12/12
  
Source: Daily Kennebec Journal (2 six-round bouts)
1916-12-15
Jack Savage5 7 0
Rollo Rink, Newport, Rhode Island, USA
W PTS12/12
 W  
PTS
12/12
  
Saturday, December 16, 1916 Paper: Pawtucket Times
1916-12-06
Roddy MacDonald17 7 8
Marieville Gardens, North Providence, Rhode Island, USA
W PTS10/10
 W  
PTS
10/10
  
Acadian Recorder, December 8, 1916. This was the third of four fights between Wilson and MacDonald.Thursday, December 7, 1916 Paper: Pawtucket Times
1916-10-17
Battling McFarland4 4 0
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
W KO9/10
 W  
KO
9/10
  
This bout is in Wilson's published records. The location and date are uncertain, although it is a reasonable guess that the fight occurred in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
1916-09-19
Roddy MacDonald15 6 8
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
W PTS12/12
 W  
PTS
12/12
  
Source: Boston Globe (Luckett Davis). This was the second of four fights between Wilson and MacDonald.
1916-08-10
Roddy MacDonald15 5 7
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
W TKO12/12
 W  
TKO
12/12
  
From McDonald's record, by Michel Gladu (Repentigny, Quebec).
1916-07-28
Joe Farren5 8 5
Commercial A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, USA
W KO3/10
 W  
KO
3/10
  
Source: Boston Globe (Luckett Davis).
1916-05-30
Frankie Notter5 4 0
20th Century A.C., Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA
W NWS12/12
 W  
NWS
12/12
  
(Boston Globe)
1916-04-26
Silent Martin21 5 1
Rhode Island A.C., Thornton, Rhode Island, USA
LPTS12/12
 L 
PTS
12/12
  
Martin handed Wilson a sound licking.
1916-04-05
Battling McFarland4 3 0
Marieville Gardens, North Providence, Rhode Island, USA
W KO9/12
 W  
KO
9/12
  
Result from the Boston Globe.
1916-03-29
Jack Donnellydebut
Rhode Island A.C., Thornton, Rhode Island, USA
W TKO8/10
 W  
TKO
8/10
  
Source: Boston Globe (Luckett Davis).
1916-03-21
Joe White17 3 5
North Shore A.C., Beverly, Massachusetts, USA
LDQ4/10
 L 
DQ
4/10
  
Source: Jack Kincaid, Boston newspapers.
1916-02-24
Tommy Robson4 2 0
Unity Cycle Club, Lawrence, Massachusetts, USA
LPTS12/12
 L 
PTS
12/12
  
1916-02-22
Joe White16 3 5
Lenox A.C., Gloucester, Massachusetts, USA
LPTS10/10
 L 
PTS
10/10
  
1916-01-26
Bill Fleming8 3 1
Rhode Island A.C., Thornton, Rhode Island, USA
LPTS12/12
 L 
PTS
12/12
  
1916-01-25
Johnny Mello2 2 1
Hippodrome, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
W KO3/8
 W  
KO
3/8
  
Reported by Jack Kincaid. Also, reported in the Boston Globe.
1916-01-21
KO Sweeney19 3 5
Hibernian Hall, Roxbury, Massachusetts, USA
W PTS12/12
 W  
PTS
12/12
  
1916-01-11
Ritchie Jasper13 10 8
Hippodrome, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
W TKO2/8
 W  
TKO
2/8
  
From the Boston Globe (Luckett Davis).
1915-06-30
Battling McFarland1 0 0
Providence, Rhode Island, USA
LPTS12/12
 L 
PTS
12/12
  
Source: Boston Globe (Luckett Davis).
1915-05-27
163KO Sweeney16915 2 5
American A.C., Harlem River Casino, New York, New York, USA
W NWS10/10
 W  
NWS
10/10
  
Consensus of New York City newspapers was a win for Wilson. This was the opening program for the American A.C., which operated at the Harlem River Casino.
1915-05-01
Mike Mazie6 1 0
Irving A.C., Brooklyn, New York, USA
DNWS10/10
 D 
NWS
10/10
  
Consensus of Brooklyn newspapers is for a draw. (Jack Kincaid)
1915-04-17
Young Kid Broad13 14 5
Atlantic Garden A.C., New York, New York, USA
W KO5/10
 W  
KO
5/10
  
Source: New York City newspapers (Jack Kincaid).
1915-03-19
Billy Bushdebut
Vanderbilt A.C., Brooklyn, New York, USA
W NWS10/10
 W  
NWS
10/10
  
Consensus of Brooklyn newspapers shows Wilson winning from Billy Bush (Jack Kincaid).
1915-03-16
Chic Nelson0 1 1
Brown's Gym, New York, New York, USA
W NWS10/10
 W  
NWS
10/10
  
Wilson was consensus winner according to New York City newspapers (Jack Kincaid). This fight occurred at Brown's Gymnasium in Manhattan, not at Brown's facility at Rockaway (as shown here previously), which operated only in the summer months.
1915-02-22
Red Tuckerdebut
Olympic A.C., New York, New York, USA
W KO1/10
 W  
KO
1/10
  
Source: New York City newspapers (Jack Kincaid).
1915-01-09
KO Sweeney12 2 4
Fairmont A.C., Bronx, New York, USA
DNWS10/10
 D 
NWS
10/10
  
Wilson and Sweeney did not fight on January 9, 1914, as shown here previously. That was a duplicate of this fight, which has been verified as occurring on January 9, 1915. Consensus of New York newspapers was that the result was a draw (Jack Kincaid).
1914-10-05
Frank Carbone0 0 2
Olympic A.C., New York, New York, USA
W NWS10/10
 W  
NWS
10/10
  
Wilson won the newspaper decision (New York Times).
1914-08-29
Joe Fox0 1 0
St. Nicholas Arena, New York, New York, USA
W KO3/10
 W  
KO
3/10
  
Source: New York City newspapers (Jack Kincaid).
1914-08-21
Walter McGirr1 2 0
New Polo A.C., New York, New York, USA
W TKO4/10
 W  
TKO
4/10
  
Source: New York City newspapers (Jack Kincaid).
1914-05-27
Westside Jimmy Duffy2 3 0
Sharkey A.C., New York, New York, USA
DNWS10/10
 D 
NWS
10/10
  
(New York Times)
1914-04-11
Jimmy Fryer5 1 2
National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
LDQ4/6
 L 
DQ
4/6
  
Source: Philadelphia Public Ledger (Paul Zabala).
1914-04-03
Jimmy Fryer5 1 2
Empire A.C., New York, New York, USA
W NWS10/10
 W  
NWS
10/10
  
Newspaper decision from the New York Times. (Wilson met Fryer only twice, on April 3 and April 11, 1914. The other, undated, entry that previously appeared here was actually a duplication of the April 11 fight.)
1914-02-23
Fighting Kennedy4 7 2
Olympic A.C., New York, New York, USA
LNWS10/10
 L 
NWS
10/10
  
Consensus newspaper decision from New York City newspapers (Jack Kincaid).
1913-12-08
156Fighting Kennedy1444 7 2
Olympic A.C., New York, New York, USA
LNWS10/10
 L 
NWS
10/10
  
(New York Times)
1913-10-27
Sailor Donaghydebut
Queensboro A.C., Queens, New York, USA
W KO2/10
 W  
KO
2/10
  
From New York City newspapers (Jack Kincaid). In published records, Donaghy's name is usually misspelled as "Donahue."
1913-09-20
Young Battling Nelsondebut
Irving A.C., Brooklyn, New York, USA
DNWS10/10
 D 
NWS
10/10
  
Consensus newspaper decision from Brooklyn newspapers (Jack Kincaid).
1913-09-05
Young McCartney18 2 0
Nonpareil A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
LNWS6/6
 L 
NWS
6/6
  
Newspaper decision from the Philadelphia Public Ledger (Paul Zabala).
1913-08-16
Fighting Kennedy4 6 2
Fairmont A.C., Bronx, New York, USA
LNWS10/10
 L 
NWS
10/10
  
New York City newspaper decision consensus was in favor of Kennedy (Jack Kincaid).
1913-02-04
Young Victor1 0 0
Hillside A.C., Belleville, New Jersey, USA
W NWS6/6
 W  
NWS
6/6
  
Newspaper decision from New York City newspapers (Jack Kincaid).
1913-01-18
Paul Dixondebut
Clermont Avenue Rink, Brooklyn, New York, USA
LTKO5/10
 L 
TKO
5/10
  
From Brooklyn newspapers (Jack Kincaid). This was a promotion of the Royale A.C.
1912-11-01
Willie Collins2 2 0
Culver A.C., Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York, USA
NNC6/10
 N 
NC
6/10
  
From Brooklyn newspapers (Jack Kincaid).
1912-10-08
144Charley Smith147½1 0 0
Washington Park A.C., Brooklyn, New York, USA
LNWS10/10
 L 
NWS
10/10
  
Newspaper decision consensus from New York City newspapers (Jack Kincaid).
1912-10-05
151½Johnny 'Kid' Alberts142½5 6 1
National A.C., Brooklyn, New York, USA
LTKO7/10
 L 
TKO
7/10
  
From Brooklyn newspapers (Jack Kincaid). Unverified fights for Wilson, almost all supposedly from his early career, are listed in his biography (above).
W
Win
L
Loss
D
Draw
N
No Contest
S
Scheduled/Pending
 event
 tape
 bout
 Encyclopaedia
verified
unverified
unsanctioned