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John Lester Johnson

W L D
35 16 1
24 KOs 3 KOs
last 6


bouts 52 rating
rounds 326 ranking
KOs 32%
 
global ID 39884
birth nameJohn Leslie Johnson
born 1893-08-13
death date1968-03-27 / age 74
debut1912-06-03 / age 18
divisionheavyweight
height5′ 11½″   /   182cm
residence
New York, New York, USA
birth place
Suffolk, Virginia, USA

newspaper decisions
bouts rounds won lost drawn
75 220 5 13 5

Career Record

75 total bouts, view in calendar
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Win
L
Loss
D
Draw
N
No Contest
S/P
Scheduled/Pending
Date lbs opponent
op. record 
lbs
result 
rounds location
Les Kennedy
18
2
0
 L 
PTS10/10
Wilmington Bowl, Wilmington, California, USA
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Walter Hoffman
7
5
4
 W  
PTS10/10
Orange Belt A.C., San Bernardino, California, USA
referee: Freddie Gilmore
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Neal Clisby
32
15
13
 L 
PTS10/10
Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA
Part of an "All Negro Card."
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Long Tom Hawkins
22
16
5
 W  
DQ4/10
Pasadena, California, USA
Hawkins punched Johnson after the bell had rung.
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Chief Metoquah
19
12
2
 W  
PTS10/10
10th Street Arena, Modesto, California, USA
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Neal Clisby
28
14
13
 L 
PTS10/10
Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA
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186Long Tom Hawkins
21
14
5
230
 W  
PTS10/10
Coliseum, San Diego, California, USA
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180Benny Hill
11
11
12
180
 W  
TKO4/10
10th Street Arena, Modesto, California, USA
Hill suffered a cut lip
referee: Toby Irwin
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181½Roy Cliffe
16
12
5
182½
 W  
KO1/10
National Hall, San Francisco, California, USA
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Sailor Joe Hughes
30
31
20
 W  
KO6/10
Dreamland Rink, San Francisco, California, USA
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Ralph Smith
13
2
2
 L 
PTS6/6
Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, USA
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184Tiny Jim Herman
47
13
11
226
 W  
PTS6/6
Crystal Pool, Seattle, Washington, USA
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Tony Fuente
39
10
3
 L 
DQ4/10
Civic Auditorium, Fresno, California, USA
referee: Eddie White
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George Cook
19
24
5
 W  
TKO7/10
Auditorium, Oakland, California, USA
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George Cook
19
24
4
 D 
PTS8/8
Dreamland Rink, San Francisco, California, USA
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Tony Fuente
36
6
3
 L 
DQ3/10
Arena, Vernon, California, USA
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Bob Roper
42
26
8
 W  
PTS10/10
Arena, Vernon, California, USA
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Sammy Olson
21
12
8
 W  
PTS10/10
National Hall, San Francisco, California, USA
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Ray Bennett
3
3
2
 W  
KO2/12
Commonwealth Sporting Club, New York, New York, USA
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Battling Gahee
13
11
3
 W  
KO11/12
Idora Park, Youngstown, Ohio, USA
From the Pittsburgh Post. This fight did not occur on August 11, as previously shown.
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Battling Davenport
2
1
0
 W  
KO4/12
Covington, Kentucky, USA
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Tut Jackson
46
7
3
 W  
KO4/12
Idora Park, Youngstown, Ohio, USA
From the Pittsburgh Post.
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178¾Ray Bennett
2
2
1
208
 W  
PTS12/12
15th Regiment Armory, New York, New York, USA
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180¼Jamaica Kid
7
9
2
173¾
 L 
PTS12/12
15th Regiment Armory, New York, New York, USA
New York State National Guard Light Heavyweight Title
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Silent Puryear
1
2
0
 L 
DQ2/6
National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
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Kid Norfolk
63
15
4
 L 
NWS12/12
Covington, Kentucky, USA
Newspaper decision from the Pittsburgh Post.
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Mexican Joe Lawson
1
3
0
 W  
KO4/12
Oak Hill Auditorium, Youngstown, Ohio, USA
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Rough House Ware
11
16
3
 W  
KO3/15
Jamaica A.C., Jamaica, Queens, New York, USA
Ware was battered through the ropes and counted out while he was prostrate on the floor.
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Battling Gahee
8
5
2
 W  
KO9/12
Riverside Arena, Covington, Kentucky, USA
Cincinnati Enquirer. The pair was scheduled to meet in another 12-rounder at Covington Ky.'s Riverside Arena on July 17 1922.
referee: Charley Feeney
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Kid Norfolk
54
13
4
 L 
NWS10/10
Roller Palace Rink, Detroit, Michigan, USA
Newspaper decision from the Detroit Free Press (Herb Goldman). This was a dismal fight for eight rounds, with Johnson doing little except falling into clinches. Things livened up in the last two rounds when the promoter threatened to not pay the participants.
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Battling Jim McCreary
7
4
1
 L 
DQ8/10
Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
referee: Joe O'Connor
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Battling Jim McCreary
6
3
1
 L 
PTS10/10
Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
McCreary and Johnson got into a brawl after the fight ended and Johnson was knocked out of the ring.
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185Kid Norfolk
45
13
4
182
 L 
KO1/10
Convention Hall, Rochester, New York, USA
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Kid Norfolk
45
12
4
 W  
DQ3/10
Flower City A.C., Rochester, New York, USA
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Fred Fulton
51
7
0
 L 
KO8/12
Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
According to the Boston Globe, Fulton used Johnson as a punching bag.
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Kid Norfolk
40
12
4
 L 
PTS15/15
Lyric Theater, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
From Baltimore newspapers (Laurence Fielding).
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Harry Wills
33
5
2
 L 
NWS8/8
Jersey City, New Jersey, USA
Wills defends his World 'colored' heavyweight title claim
Wills won the newspaper decision. (Bridgeport Standard Telegram)
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Sailor Grande
21
11
8
 L 
NWS10/10
Harlem S.C., New York, New York, USA
Newspaper decision from New York City newspapers (Jack Kincaid).
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Porky Dan Flynn
31
9
9
 W  
NWS10/10
Harlem S.C., New York, New York, USA
Newspaper decision from New York City newspapers (Jack Kincaid). Flynn was down for a 2-count in round two.
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Jim Savage
18
9
0
 W  
KO1/10
Harlem S.C., New York, New York, USA
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Jack Keating
6
6
0
 W  
TKO5/10
Vanderbilt A.C., Brooklyn, New York, USA
Keating substituted for George Ashe.
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Jack Herrick
10
14
13
 D 
NWS10/10
Olympia Boxing Club, New York, New York, USA
Newspaper decision from New York City newspapers (Jack Kincaid).
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Sailor Grande
20
10
8
 L 
NWS10/10
Brown's Gym A.A., Far Rockaway, Queens, New York, USA
Newspaper decision from New York City newspapers (Jack Kincaid).
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Sailor Grande
20
10
8
 L 
NWS10/10
Fairmont A.C., Bronx, New York, USA
Newspaper decision from New York City newspapers (Jack Kincaid).
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Larry Williams
14
7
0
 W  
KO3/10
Brown's Gym A.A., Far Rockaway, Queens, New York, USA
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170Jack Dempsey
19
1
5
181
 D 
NWS10/10
Harlem S.C., New York, New York, USA
Newspaper decision from New York City newspapers (Jack Kincaid).
Opinions as to the winner were divided. For instance, one report said that "Dempsey failed to live up to the reputation that he earned in Salt Lake city, and was an easy mark for the local boxer." But another said "Neither boxer was ever in danger, but at the finish Johnson was very tired from the heavy punishment he received in the mid-section and around the head." The weights mentioned varied from one newpaper to another, but the ones listed look most probable.
referee: Billy 'Kid' McPartland
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Harry Wills
23
4
2
 L 
NWS10/10
Harlem S.C., New York, New York, USA
Wills won the newspaper decision per the New York Times, and Brooklyn Eagle. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported that after taking many hard blows from Wills in the first two rounds, Johnson only wanted to stay the limit.
referee: Billy 'Kid' McPartland
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Cleve Hawkins
6
5
2
 W  
NWS10/10
Harlem S.C., New York, New York, USA
Newspaper decision from the New York Times, and from other New York City newspapers (Jack Kincaid).
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George Kid Cotton
7
8
1
 W  
TKO7/12
Unity Cycle Club, Lawrence, Massachusetts, USA
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Bill Tate
4
5
0
 W  
DQ9/10
Vanderbilt A.C., Brooklyn, New York, USA
Tate was disqualified for stalling.
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182Dave Mills
5
5
5
188
 W  
NWS10/10
Vanderbilt A.C., Brooklyn, New York, USA
Newspaper decision from New York City newspapers (Jack Kincaid).
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Anastasio Penalver
2
1
0
 W  
KO1/10
Havana, Cuba
 W  
KO
1/10

Havana, Cuba
Grudge rematch. After their first bout, Penalver threatened to hit Johnson with a stone as he left the arena and Havana police intervened to prevent a street fight.
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John Budinich
6
0
0
 W  
KO1/10
Teatro Politeama, Havana, Cuba
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Dave Mills
5
4
5
 W  
PTS10/10
Havana, Cuba
 W  
PTS
10/10

Havana, Cuba
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Bill Scott
22
13
4
 L 
DQ8/10
Havana, Cuba
 L 
DQ
8/10

Havana, Cuba
Buffalo Courier
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170Anastasio Penalver
2
0
0
170
 W  
KO2/10
Havana, Cuba
 W  
KO
2/10

Havana, Cuba
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Harry Wills
20
3
2
 L 
PTS20/20
Tommy Burns Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Wills did not fight Battling Jim Johnson on this date, as previously shown here. This fight is from the New Orleans Times-Picayune (Jack Kincaid).
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Dave Mills
5
3
5
 W  
KO10/10
Havana, Cuba
 W  
KO
10/10

Havana, Cuba
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Bill Tate
2
4
0
 D 
NWS10/10
Pioneer Sporting Club, New York, New York, USA
Newspaper decision from the New York Times, and from other New York City newspapers (Jack Kincaid).
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177Joe Jeannette
69
9
7
194
 L 
NWS10/10
Pioneer Sporting Club, New York, New York, USA
Jeannette won the newspaper decision. (Washington Post). New York City newspapers (Jack Kincaid) also reported Jeannette to be the winner.
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Bill Tate
2
4
0
 W  
NWS10/10
Vanderbilt A.C., Brooklyn, New York, USA
Newspaper decision from the Brooklyn Eagle (Paul Zabala).
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Gunboat Washingtondebut
 W  
KO2/10
Olympia Boxing Club, New York, New York, USA
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Ed Buttsdebut
 W  
TKO2/10
New Polo A.C., New York, New York, USA
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Silas Green
4
2
0
 D 
NWS6/6
Stadium A.C., New York, New York, USA
Newspaper decision from New York City newspapers (Jack Kincaid).
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Bob Lee
3
8
0
 W  
KO1/10
Fairmont A.C., Bronx, New York, USA
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Willie Langford
1
0
0
 L 
NWS10/10
Olympic A.C., New York, New York, USA
Newspaper decision from New York City newspapers (Jack Kincaid).
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177George Robinson
9
1
2
 L 
NWS10/10
Olympia Boxing Club, New York, New York, USA
Reported as Joe Robinson (New York Times). Newspaper decision from New York City newspapers (Jack Kincaid).
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Bob Lee
2
6
0
 W  
KO3/10
Olympia Boxing Club, New York, New York, USA
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Bill Watkins
2
4
0
 W  
NWS10/10
Liberal A.C., Staten Island, New York, USA
Newspaper decision from the Boston Globe, and from New York City newspapers (Jack Kincaid).
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170Sam Langford
80
7
21
185
 L 
KO1/10
Atlantic Garden A.C., New York, New York, USA
Langford defends world 'colored' heavyweight title claim.
At the gong, Johnson began prancing and stamping around the ring like a horse with the blind staggers. Langford was compelled to take long-distance swings and the only place he could reach was his opponents left kidney, which he did until Johnson went down.
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Bill Watkins
2
4
0
 L 
NWS10/10
St. Nicholas Arena, New York, New York, USA
Newspaper decision from the New York Times, and from other New York City newspapers (Jack Kincaid).
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Bob Lee
1
5
0
 W  
KO3/10
Atlantic Garden A.C., New York, New York, USA
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173Joe Jeannette
60
8
6
192½
 L 
NWS10/10
Atlantic Garden A.C., New York, New York, USA
Newspaper decision for Jeannette from New York City newspapers (Jack Kincaid) and Philadelphia Inquirer. Johnson was floored for a 9-count in the 2nd round.
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George Robinson
8
1
2
 D 
NWS10/10
Olympia Boxing Club, New York, New York, USA
Newspaper decision from the New York Times, and from other New York City newspapers (Jack Kincaid).
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Bartley Madden
1
0
0
 L 
NWS4/4
Central Institute, Newark, New Jersey, USA
Newspaper decision provided by Jack Kincaid, unidentifed Newark newspaper.
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