Johnny Wilson
Global ID11328
birthdate 1893-03-23
death date 1985-12-08 (92)
height5′ 9″   /   175cm
reach72″   /   183cm
aliasGiovanni Francesco Panica
country USA
residenceBoston, Massachusetts, USA
birth placeNew York, New York, USA
won 48 (KO 29) + lost 21 (KO 3) + drawn 2 = 72
rounds boxed 550
Newspaper Decisions won 14 : lost 8 : drawn 6
rounds boxed 282
Total Bouts 100 KO% 29

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dateopponentW-L-Dlast 6location
1926-10-04Maxie Rosenbloom39-8-6
Motor Square Garden, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USALUD1010
According to the Pittsburgh Post, Rosenbloom won every round.
1926-09-24Chief Halbran9-10-2
Armory, Stamford, Connecticut, USAWKO510
referee: Jim Keefe
Halbran down three times in the bout.
1926-08-27Maxie Rosenbloom37-7-6
Coney Island Stadium, Brooklyn, New York, USALPTS1212
1926-06-10Rocky Marion0-1-1
Richmond, Virginia, USAWKO510
1925-04-17Harry Greb86-6-3
Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts, USALPTS1010
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.
1924-12-09Tiger Flowers73-8-3
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USALTKO310
time: 2:55 | referee: Eddie Purdy
1924-09-17Jock Malone52-8-3
Auditorium, Saint Paul, Minnesota, USALNWS1010
Popular verdict - a win for Malone (World Almanac)
1924-07-29Jock Malone52-7-3
Braves Field, Boston, Massachusetts, USAWTKO610
referee: Joe O'Connor | judge: Jim Harmon | judge: John T. Glackin
1924-02-12Tommy Loughran15-3-1
Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts, USALPTS1010
1924-01-29Pal Reed39-15-3
Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts, USAWPTS1010
referee: Jack Sheehan | judge: Pat Moran | judge: John T. Glackin
1924-01-18Harry Greb70-5-2
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USALUD1515
referee: Patsy Haley | judge: Billy Joh | judge: Eddie 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.

1923-12-18Pat McCarthy23-11-4
Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts, USAWRTD310
referee: Johnny Brassil | judge: Pat Moran | judge: William T. McDermott
1923-11-16Pal Reed39-13-2
Arena, Boston, Massachusetts, USAWPTS1010
referee: Johnny Brassil | judge: Pat Moran | judge: William T. McDermott
1923-10-19George Robinson51-36-10
Arena, Boston, Massachusetts, USAWPTS1010
referee: Jack Sheehan | judge: William T. McDermott | judge: John T. Glackin
1923-08-31Harry Greb67-3-2
Polo Grounds, New York, New York, USALUD1515
referee: Jack O'Sullivan | judge: Frankie Madden | judge: Charles 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.

1923-06-22Eddie Carter
Airport, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USAWNWS88
This is the correct date for this bout--Wilson won the newspaper decision per the Philadelphia Inquirer.
1922-07-04Al Demaris
Fair Grounds Arena, Rutland, Vermont, USAWKO48
1922-04-21KO Jaffe3-8-0
Hazleton, Pennsylvania, USAWTKO410
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
1921-09-05Bryan Downey36-3-8
Boyle's Thirty Acres, Jersey City, New Jersey, USADNWS1212
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.

1921-07-27Bryan Downey36-2-8
League Park, Cleveland, Ohio, USAWDQ712
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.
1921-07-15George Robinson45-28-9
Arena, Boston, Massachusetts, USAWPTS1010
referee: George F. Freeman | judge: Herman Nickerson | judge: Jim Harmon
1921-05-25Joe Chip19-8-5
Roller Palace Rink, Detroit, Michigan, USAWNWS1010
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.
1921-03-17Mike O'Dowd46-3-2
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USAWSD1515
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.
1921-02-10Navy Rostan1-6-0
Kenosha, Wisconsin, USAWKO210
World Middleweight Title
1921-01-17Joe Chip19-7-5
Motor Square Garden, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS1010
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.
1920-12-09George Robinson43-23-9
Mount Royal Arena, Montreal, Quebec, CanadaLNWS1010
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

1920-08-02Steve Choynski4-3-0
Bison Stadium, Buffalo, New York, USAWKO510
referee: Dick Nugent
1920-07-20Young Fisher16-14-0
Arena, Syracuse, New York, USALNWS1010
(Syracuse Herald)
1920-07-01Soldier Bartfield38-6-1
1st Regiment Armory, Newark, New Jersey, USAWNWS1212
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.

1920-05-06Mike O'Dowd41-2-1
Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts, USAWPTS1212
referee: Hector McInnes
World Middleweight Title
1920-04-07Pal Reed20-2-0
Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts, USAWPTS1212
Source: Boston Globe.
1920-03-08Billy Murray59-14-9
Casino Hall, Lynn, Massachusetts, USAWTKO212
Source: Boston Globe. The date of this fight is often incorrectly shown as March 9, 1920.
1919-12-25Jack London1-4-0
Webster, Massachusetts, USAWKO210
1919-10-20Young Ahearn23-10-4
Fenway A.A., Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts, USAWKO110
1919-08-25Young Ahearn23-9-4
Fenway A.A., Boston, Massachusetts, USAWKO610
Wilson used a body attack to knock out Ahearn. A left to the body ended the fight.
1919-07-19Young Ahearn23-9-3
O'Sullivan Park, Lawrence, Massachusetts, USADPTS1212
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.
1919-07-03George Robinson39-16-8
Maplewood Park, Bangor, Maine, USAWNWS1212
Wilson won the newspaper decision according to the Boston Globe.
1919-05-12Young Fisher15-8-0
Fenway A.A., Boston, Massachusetts, USAWPTS1212
Source: Boston Globe. Wilson won easily.
1919-05-05Pat McCarthy4-3-3
Fenway A.A., Boston, Massachusetts, USAWPTS1010
1919-05-02Cyclone Scott1-6-3
Brockton, Massachusetts, USAWKO310
Source: the Boston Globe.
1919-04-17Pat McCarthy4-3-2
Lawrence, Massachusetts, USADPTS1010
This appears to have been McCarthy's first fight after military service.
1918-05-06Augie Ratner14-3-0
Douglas A.C., Chelsea, Massachusetts, USAWPTS1212
1918-04-15Leo Houck42-7-3
Douglas A.C., Chelsea, Massachusetts, USAWPTS1212
Source: Boston Globe. This fight did not occur on March 27, 1918, as was shown here previously.
1918-04-10Frank Carbone11-6-2
Rollo Rink, Newport, Rhode Island, USALDQ112
Wilson was disqualified for punching low.
1918-03-11Leo Houck41-7-3
Douglas A.C., Chelsea, Massachusetts, USALPTS1212
Source: Boston Globe. Houck closed strongly to pull out a victory.
1918-03-05Pinky Crosby1-1-1
Freeman's Hall, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USAWKO210
1918-01-28Victor Dahl7-5-1
Douglas A.C., Chelsea, Massachusetts, USAWKO112
1917-12-14Art Magirl53-8-9
Rollo Rink, Newport, Rhode Island, USAWTKO312
1917-11-16Jack Savage7-10-2
Camp Devens, Ayer, Massachusetts, USAWPTS1212
From the Boston Globe.
1917-10-19Victor Dahl6-3-0
Rollo Rink, Newport, Rhode Island, USAWPTS1212
1917-07-28Roddy MacDonald19-8-8
Halifax, Nova Scotia, CanadaLPTS1515
This was the fourth and last of the fights between Wilson and MacDonald. Source: Michel Gladu, Repentigny Quebec.
1917-04-27Al Nelson8-4-3
Manchester, New Hampshire, USAWKO110
1917-04-19Carl Hertz11-5-8
Commercial A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, USAWPTS1010
1917-04-13Jack Savage5-10-2
Garde d'Honneur Hall, Fitchburg, Massachusetts, USADNWS1010
Newspaper decision from the Fitchburg Daily Sentinel
1917-03-21Joe White18-4-6
North Shore A.C., Beverly, Massachusetts, USALDQ312
1917-02-23Al Nelson7-4-3
Bangor, Maine, USAWNWS1212
1917-01-19George Robinson22-5-5
Commercial A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, USALPTS1010
1916-12-25Al Rogers27-15-12
Bangor, Maine, USAWNWS1212
Source: Daily Kennebec Journal (2 six-round bouts)
1916-12-15Jack Savage5-7-0
Rollo Rink, Newport, Rhode Island, USAWPTS1212
Saturday, December 16, 1916 Paper: Pawtucket Times
1916-12-06Roddy MacDonald17-7-8
Marieville Gardens, North Providence, Rhode Island, USAWPTS1010
Acadian Recorder, December 8, 1916. This was the third of four fights between Wilson and MacDonald.Thursday, December 7, 1916 Paper: Pawtucket Times
1916-10-17Battling McFarland4-4-0
Halifax, Nova Scotia, CanadaWKO910
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.
1916-09-19Roddy MacDonald15-6-8
Halifax, Nova Scotia, CanadaWPTS1212
Source: Boston Globe (Luckett Davis). This was the second of four fights between Wilson and MacDonald.
1916-08-10Roddy MacDonald15-5-7
Halifax, Nova Scotia, CanadaWTKO1212
From McDonald's record, by Michel Gladu (Repentigny, Quebec).
1916-07-28Joe Farren5-8-5
Commercial A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, USAWKO310
Source: Boston Globe (Luckett Davis).
1916-05-30Frankie Notter4-4-0
20th Century A.C., Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USAWNWS1212
(Boston Globe)
1916-04-26Silent Martin21-5-1
Rhode Island A.C., Thornton, Rhode Island, USALPTS1212
Martin handed Wilson a sound licking.
1916-04-05Battling McFarland4-3-0
Marieville Gardens, North Providence, Rhode Island, USAWKO912
Result from the Boston Globe.
1916-03-29Jack Donnelly
Rhode Island A.C., Thornton, Rhode Island, USAWTKO810
Source: Boston Globe (Luckett Davis).
1916-03-21Joe White17-3-5
North Shore A.C., Beverly, Massachusetts, USALDQ410
Source: Jack Kincaid, Boston newspapers.
1916-02-24Tommy Robson4-2-0
Unity Cycle Club, Lawrence, Massachusetts, USALPTS1212
1916-02-22Joe White16-3-5
Lenox A.C., Gloucester, Massachusetts, USALPTS1010
1916-01-26Bill Fleming8-3-1
Rhode Island A.C., Thornton, Rhode Island, USALPTS1212
1916-01-25Johnny Mello2-2-1
Hippodrome, Boston, Massachusetts, USAWKO38
Reported by Jack Kincaid. Also, reported in the Boston Globe.
1916-01-21KO Sweeney19-3-5
Hibernian Hall, Roxbury, Massachusetts, USAWPTS1212
1916-01-11Ritchie Jasper13-10-8
Hippodrome, Boston, Massachusetts, USAWTKO28
From the Boston Globe (Luckett Davis).
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