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Johnny Bratton
Global ID11090
sexmale
birthdate 1927-09-09
death date 1993-08-15 (65)
divisionwelterweight
stanceorthodox
height5′ 10″   /   178cm
aliasHoney Boy Bratton
country USA
residenceChicago, Illinois, USA
birth placeLittle Rock, Arkansas, USA
won 60 (KO 34) + lost 24 (KO 3) + drawn 3 = 87
rounds boxed 650 KO% 39.08
 
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dateopponentW-L-Dlast 6location
1955-03-17Del Flanagan71-9-2
Auditorium, Saint Paul, Minnesota, USALTKO910
Ring doctor stopped the bout because Bratton was cut over both eyes and because he appeared "dazed and didn't know where he was."
Gate: $19,396. Attendance: 6,871

1954-10-25Chico Varona65-19-3
St. Nicholas Arena, New York, New York, USALUD1010
referee: Ray Miller 2-7 | judge: Harold Barnes 2-7 | judge: Americo Schiavone 4-6
1954-02-24Johnny Saxton43-2-1
Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USALUD1010
referee: Joe Sweeney 1-9 | judge: Zach Clayton 1-9 | judge: Pete Tomasco 1-9
1953-11-13Kid Gavilan95-13-4
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USALUD1515
referee: Frank Gilmer 65-85 | judge: Ed Hintz 67-83 | judge: William O'Connell 68-82
World Welterweight Title
Bratton suffered a severe whipping and would have been justified in giving up the fight after twelve rounds.

1953-10-07Al Wilson23-11-2
Coliseum, Baltimore, Maryland, USAWSD1010
According to Joe Poodles, Sr., in The Ring. December 1953, page 60, Bratton "was lucky to get the decision..The Chicago kayo artist seemed to loaf his way through the fight while the ever-aggressive Wilson let Bratton get away with his clever boxing." The official round-by-round scorecards were 6-3-1 and 7-2-1 in favor of Bratton and 5-3-2 for Wilson.
1953-06-09Danny Womber42-17-11
Forum, Montreal, Quebec, CanadaWUD1010
judge: Johnny Gow 6-2 | judge: Rene Ouimet 7-2 | judge: Leon Germain 8-2
1953-05-07Livio Minelli57-14-8
Arena, Cleveland, Ohio, USAWUD1010
referee: Tony LaBranch 5-3 | judge: Herb Williams 6-2 | judge: John Sayanek 7-2
1953-04-14Al Wilson22-9-2
Ridgewood Grove, Brooklyn, New York, USAWUD1010
referee: Harry Kessler 7-1 | judge: Bobby Dawson 6-3 | judge: Charley Shortell 6-3
1953-03-20Bobby Jones34-18-8
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWKO510
time: 2:52 | referee: Ray Miller 0-3 | judge: Frank Forbes 0-4 | judge: Young Otto 2-2
1953-02-23Tuzo Portuguez35-12-5
Eastern Parkway Arena, Brooklyn, New York, USAWKO510
time: 2:46 | referee: Jim Freeman
1952-12-05Ralph Tiger Jones23-5-2
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USALUD1010
referee: Harry Kessler 3-5 | judge: Harold Barnes 2-8 | judge: Bill Healy 2-7
1952-10-31Joe Miceli37-10-4
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWTKO810
time: 0:18 | referee: Harry Kessler 4-3 | judge: Artie Aidala 4-3 | judge: Jack Gordon 3-3
Miceli down in the 1st and 7th rounds.
1952-09-10Ralph Zannelli94-48-7
Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, USAWUD1010
Zannelli was down in the 2nd. The scoring was 57-43, 57-43, and 62-38.
1952-08-25Irvin Steen40-15-6
Eastern Parkway Arena, Brooklyn, New York, USAWTKO310
time: 1:11 | referee: Eddie Joseph
1952-07-28Laurent Dauthuille45-11-4
Forum, Montreal, Quebec, CanadaWTKO310
time: 2:15 | referee: Tony Mancini
Dauthuille was unable to continue after he suffered a badly fractured rib.
1952-06-18Rocky Castellani42-6-4
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USALSD1010
referee: Norm McGarrity 46-54 | judge: E. Allen Frankel 48-52 | judge: William O'Connell 51-49
1952-05-23Del Flanagan54-5-2
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWSD1010
referee: Al Berl 4-5 | judge: Bert Grant 6-4 | judge: Joe Agnello 7-5
Flanagan was down in the 6th for a nine count. Agnello's scorecard was 5-5 in rounds, but went to supplemental scoring, which favored Bratton.
1952-05-01Pierre Langlois53-8-2
Forum, Montreal, Quebec, CanadaWTKO410
time: 2:30 | referee: Leo Fisher
Langlois' manager asked the referee to stop the bout after his fighter had been floored for a nine count in the fourth round. He had also been down for a nine-count in the first round.
1952-03-28Rocky Castellani41-6-3
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USALUD1010
referee: Ruby Goldstein 3-6 | judge: Joe Agnello 3-7 | judge: Frank Forbes 4-5
1952-02-20Vic Cardell58-13-6
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USAWSD1010
referee: Frank Sikora | judge: Franklin Spike McAdams 48-52 | judge: Jim McManus 51-49 | judge: Frank Sikora 53-47
1952-01-28Bobby Rosado43-13-2
Rhode Island Auditorium, Providence, Rhode Island, USAWKO810
1951-12-27Livio Minelli55-10-8
Arena, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USAWSD1010
referee: Dauber Jaeger 3-6 | judge: Richard Lewis 5-3 | judge: Harry Zaidens 5-3
1951-11-28Kid Gavilan77-12-3
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USADPTS1010
referee: Bill Doty 52-48 | judge: Franklin Spike McAdams 50-50 | judge: John Bray 48-52
Attendance: 7,397
1951-10-15Wilbur Wilson15-10-0
Valley Arena, Holyoke, Massachusetts, USAWKO810
time: 1:25 | referee: Jack Dekkers
1951-05-18Kid Gavilan72-12-3
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USALUD1515
referee: Ruby Goldstein 5-8 | judge: Arthur Schwartz 4-11 | judge: Joe Agnello 4-11
National Boxing Association World welterweight title
Bratton's jaw was broken within the first five rounds
1951-04-18Don Williams53-7-1
Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan, USAWTKO410
referee: Bobby Watson
A badly cut eye forced the stoppage
1951-03-14Charley Fusari64-8-1
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USAWSD1515
referee: Tommy Gilmore 78-72 | judge: Ed Hintz 77-73 | judge: John Bray 74-76
vacant National Boxing Association World welterweight title
Attendance: 6,954. Gate: $42,022.
Fusari was down for a four-count in the 4th round and a nine-count in the 10th.

1951-01-24Bobby Dykes73-9-6
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USAWTKO110
time: 2:20 | referee: Johnny Behr
Dykes was down three times; Attendance: 3,777
1951-01-09Sammy Mastrean33-24-1
Rainbo Arena, Chicago, Illinois, USAWKO310
time: 2:27
1950-12-13Lester Felton42-4-2
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USAWTKO310
time: 1:36
Felton was down in the first round. According to The Ring, Felton never had a chance.
1950-11-27Holly Mims18-7-4
Coliseum, Baltimore, Maryland, USALUD1010
1950-11-22Johnny Cesario72-7-3
St. Nicholas Arena, New York, New York, USAWTKO310
referee: Petey Scalzo
Cesario was down once in the 1st and three times in the 3rd. The third knockdown triggered an automatic stoppage just after the end of the 3rd round.
1950-11-06Holly Mims17-7-4
Coliseum, Baltimore, Maryland, USALUD1010
1950-01-20Ike Williams106-12-3
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USALTKO810
referee: Norm McGarrity
Bratton quit with a broken jaw.
1950-01-04Gene Hairston28-5-1
St. Nicholas Arena, New York, New York, USAWTKO210
time: 1:26 | referee: Ray Miller
Bout stopped because of a badly cut lip suffered by Hairston.
1949-11-18Gaby Ferland71-12-6
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USAWTKO210
time: 2:18
Bout was stopped with Ferland staggering on his feet following two knockdowns. In all, he was floored nine times in the fight.
1949-09-15Chuck Taylor32-15-3
Marigold Gardens Outdoor Arena, Chicago, Illinois, USAWTKO210
time: 2:59 | referee: Johnny Behr
Taylor was knocked down six times in the 1st round, and three times in the 2nd round.
1949-04-08Roman Alvarez50-18-4
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USAWTKO510
1949-03-29Frankie Vigeant28-8-4
Civic Auditorium, Seattle, Washington, USAWTKO410
1949-02-25Chester Rico66-19-8
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USAWTKO510
1949-01-17Ike Williams96-10-3
Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USALUD1010
referee: Charlie Daggert 4-5 | judge: Leo Costella 2-6 | judge: Harry Lasky 3-7
This was a rousing battle. The decision was round-by-round, the referee favoring Williams 5-4-1, Judge Costella having it 6-2-2, and Judge Lasky scoring it 7-3. Williams won the first round, but Bratton took the next three decisively. Williams came out punching in round five and turned the tide. In the sixth, Bratton suffered a cut left eyebrow, and a cut on the right eyebrow in the ninth. Williams dominated the fight from rounds four through nine. The tenth round was sensational and about even. Attendance was 8015 and the gross gate was $31,017.
1949-01-07Melvin Bartholomew25-24-9
Coliseum Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana, USAWPTS1010
1948-12-03Joe Brown26-10-5
Coliseum Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana, USAWKO410
time: 2:58
1948-11-29Bobby Lee22-9-4
Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USADPTS1010
referee: Charlie Daggert 5-5 | judge: Dave Howard 5-5 | judge: Leo Costella 4-5
1948-10-29Bernard Docusen51-3-5
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USALUD1010
referee: Tom Kenneally | judge: John Bray | judge: Jim McManus
1948-09-15Luigi Valentini15-8-3
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USAWTKO710
1948-07-19Frankie Abrams39-16-6
Marigold Gardens, Chicago, Illinois, USAWUD88
1948-07-06Jackie Solomon7-2-1
Marigold Gardens, Chicago, Illinois, USAWKO110
time: 1:05
Solomons was knocked down twice
1948-01-23Beau Jack70-11-4
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USALTKO810
time: 2:47 | referee: Johnny Behr
Bratton suffered a broken jaw in this fight and was forced to quit, although he appeared to be winning the bout when it was stopped.
1948-01-05Livio Minelli34-3-5
Convention Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USALSD1010
1947-11-12Phil Palmer51-12-7
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USAWTKO710
time: 1:15
1947-10-06Gene Burton33-6-7
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USALUD1010
referee: Tommy Thomas 48-52 | judge: Jim McManus 42-58 | judge: James Lynch 47-53
1947-08-04Herbie (Biff) Jones29-5-1
Griffith Stadium, Washington, District of Columbia, USAWKO810
referee: Eddie La Fond
(Washington Post)
1947-06-06Gene Burton29-6-7
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USALUD1010
referee: Davy Miller | judge: Arthur Oberg | judge: George Kenny
1947-05-16Sammy Angott84-24-7
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USALUD1010
referee: Johnny Behr 49-51 | judge: Ed Hintz 46-54 | judge: Frank Clark 49-51
1947-02-18Danny Kapilow46-7-6
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USAWSD1010
referee: Tommy Thomas 52-48 | judge: Jack Ripple 52-48 | judge: R.A. Goudic 48-52
1947-01-24Morris Reif49-9-1
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USAWUD1010
referee: Norm McGarrity 60-40 | judge: Harold Marovitz 58-42 | judge: James Lynch 59-41
1946-12-20Willie Joyce72-19-9
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USAWUD1010
referee: Walter Brightmore 56-44 | judge: Franklin Spike McAdams 54-46 | judge: Jack Ripple 54-46
1946-10-31Willie Joyce71-18-9
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USAWSD1010
referee: Johnny Behr 48-52 | judge: Harold Marovitz 52-48 | judge: Arthur Oberg 53-47
Bratton possessed a "spit-fire left hand." "The action, without a clinch throughout the ten rounds, was so furious that the fans, who paid a gross gate of $39,067, were in an uproar all the way." (AP)
1946-10-18Richard Polite35-12-1
Pelican Stadium, New Orleans, Louisiana, USAWTKO310
1946-09-23Eddie Lander35-13-7
Marigold Gardens Outdoor Arena, Chicago, Illinois, USAWUD1010
1946-08-14Roy Cadle1-2-0
Comiskey Park, Chicago, Illinois, USAWTKO512
time: 2:26 | referee: Norm McGarrity
1946-08-01Bill Eddy23-8-2
Rainbo Arena, Chicago, Illinois, USAWMD1010
referee: Davy Miller 50-50 | judge: Howard Walsh 52-48 | judge: GW Christoph 53-47
1946-05-03Pedro Firpo28-35-6
Coliseum Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana, USAWKO110
1946-04-12Freddie Dawson39-3-2
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USAWUD1010
referee: Tommy Thomas | judge: James Lynch | judge: Harold Marovitz
1946-01-20Ike Williams68-9-2
Coliseum Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana, USALPTS1010
1945-12-14Chalky Wright159-37-18
Coliseum Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana, USALUD1010
referee: Eddie Brown
1945-11-11Cleo Shans65-37-20
Coliseum Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana, USAWPTS1010
1945-11-02Cleo Shans65-37-19
Coliseum Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana, USADPTS1010
1945-10-26Candy McDaniels3-0-0
Coliseum Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana, USAWTKO610
1945-08-10Dave Castilloux87-14-3
Auditorium, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USALPTS1010
According to The Ring, November 1945, page 62, Castilloux suffered the first knockdowns of his career, going down for a nine-count and a four-count (at the bell) in the first round. After that he outboxed Bratton.
1945-07-30Joey Barnum20-11-5
Marigold Gardens Outdoor Arena, Chicago, Illinois, USALPTS88
1945-07-20Melvin Johnson6-4-1
White City Arena, Chicago, Illinois, USAWPTS88
1945-05-14Melvin Bartholomew11-9-6
Marigold Gardens, Chicago, Illinois, USAWKO410
1945-03-26Patsy Spataro24-14-7
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USAWPTS88
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