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Battling Jim Johnson
Global ID11646
sexmale
birthdate 1887-09-02
death date 1918-11-06 (31)
divisionheavyweight
stanceorthodox
height5′ 10½″   /   179cm
country USA
residenceEast Orange, New Jersey, USA
birth placeDanville, Virginia, USA
won 24 (KO 20) + lost 16 (KO 3) + drawn 7 = 49
rounds boxed 466
Newspaper Decisions won 8 : lost 16 : drawn 7
rounds boxed 252
Total Bouts 80 KO% 25
 
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dateopponentW-L-Dlast 6location
1918-08-27Joe Jeannette82-10-8
Newark, New Jersey, USANCND88
Exact date unknown.
1918-08-22Sam Langford108-15-24
Lafayette A.C., Saint Louis, Missouri, USADNWS88
1918-08-05Sam Langford107-15-24
Atlantic City S.C., Atlantic City, New Jersey, USALNWS88
Philadelphia Inquirer
1918-07-16Kid Norfolk36-11-4
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USALNWS44
Norfolk won the "newspaper decision" according to the New York Times. Benefit for the United States War Department's Training Camp Activities Fund to provide athletic equipment for U.S. soldiers; over $20,000 was raised.
1918-06-19Sam Langford106-15-24
Auditorium, Atlanta, Georgia, USALPTS1010
referee: Danny O'Donnell
1917-10-14Sam McVea64-10-8
Broadway Theater, Colon, PanamaLPTS2525
From the Panama Star & Herald. This fight was said to be a "pretty exhibition."
1917-09-16Jeff Clark85-10-11
Broadway Theater, Colon, PanamaWTKO815
Clark was down in the eighth round and suffered a bad battering.
1917-08-12Sam McVea63-10-8
Vista Allegre Bull Ring, Panama City, PanamaLPTS2020
This was an outdoor fight held in a heavy rain.
1917-06-29Tango Kid1-0-0
Vanderbilt A.C., Brooklyn, New York, USALDQ810
Johnson was disqualified for continuous fouling. According to the Brooklyn Daily Eagle he was out of shape and had been losing all the way.
1917-06-01Harry Wills27-5-2
Harlem S.C., New York, New York, USALNWS1010
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle 6/3/1917
1917-02-07Harry Wills27-4-2
Future City A.C., Saint Louis, Missouri, USAWTKO212
"Stopping an intended right uppercut with his elbow won for Battling Jim Johnson, of New York, over Harry Wills, of New Orleans, in their clash at the Future City A.C., as the incident, which occurred in the second round, resulted in a broken wrist for the Southern negro, thereby causing his retirement at the finish of the round." (Lima Daily News)
1917-01-01Sam Langford101-11-24
Academy A.C., Kansas City, Missouri, USALPTS1212
Langford defends his World 'colored' heavyweight title claim. Johnson knocked down twice.
1916-12-12Sam Langford100-11-24
Future City A.C., Saint Louis, Missouri, USALKO1212
time: 2:30
Langford defends his World 'colored' heavyweight title claim
1916-09-15Lowe Simms2-2-4
Boise, Idaho, USAWKO510
1916-08-01Joe Bonds26-8-9
Boise, Idaho, USALPTS1010
1915-12-03Jack Thompson1-2-0
North Side A.C., Kansas City, Missouri, USADPTS1010
referee: Billy Tissue
1915-11-01Jeff Clark77-4-10
Joplin, Missouri, USADPTS1515
1915-10-18Sam Langford95-10-23
National A.C., Denver, Colorado, USALPTS1515
Johnson outweighed Langford by forty pounds.
1915-09-21Soldier Kearns19-6-0
Brooklyn, New York, USANCND10
1915-07-05Harry Wills21-3-2
Sacandaga Park, Gloversville, New York, USALNWS1010
"The big fellows did not show anything interesting and failed to arouse much enthusiasm among the spectators. Wills had the better of the go." Amsterdam Evening Recorder
1915-06-11Sailor Fred Fritts3-4-0
Vanderbilt A.C., Brooklyn, New York, USALNWS1010
New York Times
1915-06-09Sam McVea53-9-5
Gayety Theatre, Montreal, Quebec, CanadaLNWS1010
McVey won according to Lethbridge Herald and Boston Globe
1915-06-08Sam Langford94-9-22
Broadway S.C., Brooklyn, New York, USADNWS1010
Newspaper decision from New York Times (Langford) and Brooklyn Eagle (Johnson)
1915-05-10Joe Jeannette74-9-8
Sohmer Park, Montreal, Quebec, CanadaWNWS1010
Montreal Gazette
1915-05-03Joe Battling Woods1-1-0
Broadway S.C., Brooklyn, New York, USADNWS10
New York Times
1915-04-30Arthur Pelkey19-13-1
Sohmer Park, Montreal, Quebec, CanadaWKO710
1915-04-06Sam Langford94-8-22
135th Street A.C., New York, New York, USALNWS1010
Results from the NY Tribune. The NY Times called it a draw. Langford defends world 'colored' heavyweight title claim
1915-02-20Sam McVea52-9-4
Havana, CubaLPTS2020
1915-01-11Fred Jackson
Pioneer Sporting Club, New York, New York, USAWTKO410
1914-12-10Sam McVea51-9-4
Fairmont A.C., Bronx, New York, USALNWS1010
McVey won the newspaper decision. (Washington Post) as well as the New York Times. Johnson purportedly put on a poor performance according to the New York Times. Once again it was reported widely that McVea was signed to fight Jack Johnson for the title.
1914-11-10Joe Jeannette69-9-6
Atlas A.A., Boston, Massachusetts, USADPTS1212
referee: Patsy Haley
1914-09-15Sam Langford89-8-21
Atlas A.A., Boston, Massachusetts, USADPTS1212
referee: George V. Tuohey
Langford defends world 'colored' heavyweight title claim.
1914-08-12Sam Langford88-8-21
Stadium A.C., New York, New York, USALNWS1010
Newspaper decision for Langford from Robert Edgren (NY Evening World), NY Times, NY Tribune.
Langford defends world 'colored' heavyweight title claim.

1914-08-05Joe Jeannette67-9-6
Stadium A.C., New York, New York, USALNWS1010
New York Times
1914-07-15Joe Jeannette66-9-6
St. Nicholas Arena, New York, New York, USADNWS1010
Atlanta Constitution reported a win for Jeannette, after he was given three minutes to recover from a low blow in the first round, Trenton Evening Times felt the blow in the first round wasn't a foul at all, but a blow to the pit of the stomach, and that in fact Johnson beat Jeannette twice that evening, once by knockout, the other time on points. Report carried in the Calgary Daily Herald supported the foul having been committed in round 1 and said Jeannette outpointed and outpunched the bigger man. Draw according to New York Times
1914-07-01Joe Jeannette66-9-6
St. Nicholas Arena, New York, New York, USALNWS1010
"Jeannette came within an ace of knocking out Jim Johnson in the final session of a tenround bout tonight." (Washington Post)
Buffalo Times

1914-05-19Porky Dan Flynn29-7-7
Atlas A.A., Boston, Massachusetts, USALPTS1212
1914-03-27Sam Langford85-8-21
Empire A.C., New York, New York, USALNWS1010
Langford defends world 'colored' heavyweight title claim
Langford "won by a wide margin" when Johnson "failed to show anything remotely resembling championship ability" (New York Times)

1913-12-19Jack Johnson39-5-7
Premierland, Paris, Paris, FranceDPTS1010
referee: Emile Maitrot
World Heavyweight Title
One ringside report said that the spectators loudly protested that the men were not fighting and demanded their money back. Jack Johnson said he injured his left arm in the third round and could not use it, but ringsiders said he used his left often and likely fractured it when both fell to the mat in the tenth round. Post-fight examination revealed a slight fracture of the radial in his left arm. In August it had been widely reported by Joe Woodman that Johnson had agreed to terms to fight Sam Langford in Paris. Weights per La Presse Tale of the Tape: 97kg Jack Johnson, 101kg Jim Johnson.

1913-06-22Jim Esson
Américan-Park, Bordeaux, Gironde, FranceWKO1
1913-05-26Bob Scanlon13-10-4
London, United KingdomWTKO6
1913-05-03Kid Jackson9-4-0
Arènes du Rond-Point du Prado, Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, FranceWTKO10
1913-04-28Gustave Marthuin4-8-2
London, United KingdomWTKO8
1913-04-03Con O'Kelly6-1-1
Liverpool Stadium, Pudsey Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, United KingdomWKO11
1913-01-21Joe Jeannette53-7-5
Providence, Rhode Island, USALDQ15
1913-01-16Tom Overby5-4-2
Keystone A.A., Allentown, Pennsylvania, USAWKO610
1913-01-01Joe Jeannette53-7-5
Irving A.C., Brooklyn, New York, USALNWS1010
Jeanette ND-W 10 (NYT)
1912-12-01Bill Tate1-1-0
Sharkey A.C., New York, New York, USAWKO210
Reported in the Boston Globe.
1912-11-26Tom Overby5-4-2
Spring Garden A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
Overby down six times (Wilkes-Barre Times-Leader). Both the Philadelphia Item and the Philadelphia Record favored Johnson as the winner. There were only three bouts on this program.
1912-11-12Black Bill22-12-6
Royale A.C., Brooklyn, New York, USAWKO710
1912-10-30Joe Jeannette51-7-5
Forty-Fourth Street A.C., New York, New York, USALNWS1010
Jeanette won the newspaper decision according to the New York Times.
Jeanette won eight rounds, Johnson scored a knockdown in the first round. (Reno Evening Gazette)

1912-09-30Bill Watkins1-3-0
American A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWKO25
Result reported in the Philadelphia Item.
1912-07-19Joe Jeannette45-7-5
Olympia A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
Battling Jim Johnson won the newspaper decision from both the Philadelphia Item and the Philadelphia Record.
1912-05-20Chuck Carleton3-3-0
American A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
Newspaper decision in favor of Johnson from the Philadelphia Item.
1912-04-04Fred Storbeck3-3-1
Liverpool Stadium, Pudsey Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, United KingdomLPTS2020x3
Storbeck was "twice sent to his knees with body punches" in round five, "shaken up" in round six, "down once more" in round nine, and "nearly lifted from his feet" by "a tremendous punch to the ribs" in round 19, but won most of the rounds and received the decision. (Boxing, April 13, 1912)
1912-03-28Tom Cowler14-1-1
London, United KingdomWPTS1515x3
1912-01-29Alf Langford5-2-0
National Sporting Club, Covent Garden, London, United KingdomLDQ320x3
"A sparring contest before the National Sporting Club tonight between the two colored American pugilists, Jim Johnson of Galveston and Alf Langford was a scrambling affair. It was scheduled to go twenty rounds, but Johnson was disqualified in the third." (Washington Post)
1911-12-11Dennis Haugh18-6-4
Old Cosmo Rink, Plymouth, Devon, United KingdomWKO3
1911-12-01'P/O' Matthew 'Nutty' Curran26-8-2
Cosmopolitan Gymnasium, Plymouth, Devon, United KingdomLDQ420x3
Johnson disqualified for hitting and holding.
1911-05-22Alf Langford4-0-0
Sheffield, Yorkshire, United KingdomLKO4
Jaw fracture. La Presse 01-06-1911
1911-02-20Seaman George Pascall
National Sporting Club, Covent Garden, London, United KingdomWKO810x3
1911-01-23Jewey Smith21-12-1
London, United KingdomWTKO1120x3
"Smith twisted his arm and was obliged to withdraw." (The Anaconda Standard) Smith quit on his stool after round 11, complaining of an arm injury. (Halifax Chronicle)
1911-01-07Fred Drummond1-12-1
London, United KingdomWTKO4
1910-11-19Sam McVea38-5-2
Luna Park Skating Rink, Paris, Paris, FranceLKO2125
From Boxing, November 26, 1910, page 90.
1910-10-09Gustave Marthuin
Wonderland, Paris, Paris, FranceWPTS1010
1910-09-01Jim Maher2-5-0
Hippodrome, Paris, Paris, FranceWKO310
From Boxing, 10 September 1910, page 658.
1910-08-07Sam McVea37-5-1
Neuilly, Hauts-de-Seine, FranceDPTS1515
"McVey opened in confident style, with the wide grin of one undertaking an easy task, but this smile faded after the second round, and he set himself for a grim, earnest fight with his quick and tricky oppenent. This Johnson is not only quick, but big and strong as well, and had all the best of the rough work. Sam seldom has had such hustling about. Once he stepped into a right punch that sent him reeling across the ring. It was as much as he could do to put a glove on the elusive Johnson. Johnson early realized that McVey's ripping left hook is his only effective attacking blow. Nine times out of ten he neatly stepped inside it or blocked it with his glove. His guard with his left arm straight out, after the fashion of the old-time champion Heenan, also worried McVey a good deal, for he found it very difficult to get past it." (Washington Post)
1910-05-31Tom Overby2-1-1
Douglas A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USADNWS66
(Philadelphia Record) The Philadelphia Record also considered this fight to be a draw.
1910-05-23Morris Harris11-6-0
Willis A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
Both the Philadelphia Item and the Philadelphia Record reported Johnson as winner of newspaper decision.
1910-05-14Sam Langford58-6-18
National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USALNWS66
Langford defends world 'colored' heavyweight title claim
Langford "had things practically all his own way." (Washington Post) Both the Philadelphia Record and the Philadelphia Item said that Langford won.

1910-04-19Tony Ross13-6-4
Douglas A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USADNWS66
Both the Philadelphia Record and the Philadelphia Item called this fight a draw.
1910-04-14Tom Overby2-0-0
Keystone A.C., Allentown, Pennsylvania, USADPTS1010
This was the official decision given by the Philadelphia Item.
1910-03-29Al Kubiak14-3-1
Douglas A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USADNWS66
Philadelphia Item. reported a draw, as did also the Philadelphia Record.
1910-03-14Charley Stevenson22-5-1
West End A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
Newspaper decision from both the Philadelphia Item and the Philadelphia Record in favor of Battling Jim Johnson.
1910-03-05Tom Overby2-0-0
National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
Washington Times, March 9,1910 reported Overby as the winner, as did also the Philadelphia Item.
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