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John Lester Johnson
Global ID39884
sexmale
birthdate 1893-08-13
death date 1968-03-27 (74)
divisionheavyweight
height5′ 11½″   /   182cm
country USA
residenceNew York, New York, USA
birth placeSuffolk, Virginia, USA
birth nameJohn Leslie Johnson
won 35 (KO 24) + lost 16 (KO 3) + drawn 1 = 52
rounds boxed 326
Newspaper Decisions won 5 : lost 13 : drawn 5
rounds boxed 220
Total Bouts 75 KO% 32
 
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dateopponentW-L-Dlast 6location
1929-05-22Les Kennedy18-2-0
Wilmington Bowl, Wilmington, California, USALPTS1010
1928-11-01Walter Hoffman7-5-4
Orange Belt A.C., San Bernardino, California, USAWPTS1010
referee: Freddie Gilmore
1928-10-09Neal Clisby32-15-12
Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USALPTS1010
Part of an "All Negro Card."
1928-09-20Long Tom Hawkins22-16-5
Pasadena, California, USAWDQ410
Hawkins punched Johnson after the bell had rung.
1928-08-07Chief Metoquah19-12-2
10th Street Arena, Modesto, California, USAWPTS1010
1928-05-22Neal Clisby28-14-12
Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USALPTS1010
1928-05-11Long Tom Hawkins21-14-5
Coliseum, San Diego, California, USAWPTS1010
1927-12-13Benny Hill11-11-12
10th Street Arena, Modesto, California, USAWTKO410
referee: Toby Irwin
Hill suffered a cut lip
1927-09-21Roy Cliffe16-12-5
National Hall, San Francisco, California, USAWKO110
1927-05-13Sailor Joe Hughes30-31-20
Dreamland Rink, San Francisco, California, USAWKO610
1927-01-27Ralph Smith13-2-2
Greenwich Coliseum, Tacoma, Washington, USALPTS66
1927-01-04Tiny Jim Herman47-13-11
Crystal Pool, Seattle, Washington, USAWPTS66
1926-11-30Tony Fuente39-10-3
Civic Auditorium, Fresno, California, USALDQ410
referee: Eddie White
1926-10-06George Cook19-24-5
Auditorium, Oakland, California, USAWTKO710
1926-08-27George Cook19-24-4
Dreamland Rink, San Francisco, California, USADPTS88
1926-04-20Tony Fuente36-6-3
Arena, Vernon, California, USALDQ310
1926-04-06Bob Roper42-26-8
Arena, Vernon, California, USAWPTS1010
1926-01-27Sammy Olson21-12-8
National Hall, San Francisco, California, USAWPTS1010
1925-10-10Ray Bennett3-3-2
Commonwealth Sporting Club, New York, New York, USAWKO212
1924-08-18Battling Gahee13-11-3
Idora Park, Youngstown, Ohio, USAWKO1112
From the Pittsburgh Post. This fight did not occur on August 11, as previously shown.
1923-09-11Battling Davenport2-1-0
Covington, Kentucky, USAWKO412
1923-07-24Tut Jackson46-7-3
Idora Park, Youngstown, Ohio, USAWKO412
From the Pittsburgh Post.
1922-12-26Ray Bennett2-2-1
15th Regiment Armory, New York, New York, USAWPTS1212
1922-12-05Jamaica Kid7-9-2
15th Regiment Armory, New York, New York, USALPTS1212
New York State National Guard Light Heavyweight Title
1922-09-22Silent Puryear1-2-0
National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USALDQ26
1922-06-02Kid Norfolk63-15-4
Covington, Kentucky, USALNWS1212
Newspaper decision from the Pittsburgh Post.
1922-05-24Mexican Joe Lawson1-3-0
Oak Hill Auditorium, Youngstown, Ohio, USAWKO412
1921-10-20Rough House Ware11-16-3
Jamaica A.C., Jamaica, Queens, New York, USAWKO315
Ware was battered through the ropes and counted out while he was prostrate on the floor.
1921-08-31Battling Gahee8-5-2
Riverside Arena, Covington, Kentucky, USAWKO912
referee: Charley Feeney
Cincinnati Enquirer. The pair was scheduled to meet in another 12-rounder at Covington Ky.'s Riverside Arena on July 17 1922.
1921-02-02Kid Norfolk54-13-4
Roller Palace Rink, Detroit, Michigan, USALNWS1010
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.
1921-01-11Battling Jim McCreary7-4-1
Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts, USALDQ810
referee: Joe O'Connor
1920-10-09Battling Jim McCreary6-3-1
Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts, USALPTS1010
McCreary and Johnson got into a brawl after the fight ended and Johnson was knocked out of the ring.
1920-06-14Kid Norfolk45-13-4
Convention Hall, Rochester, New York, USALKO110
1920-06-07Kid Norfolk45-12-4
Flower City A.C., Rochester, New York, USAWDQ310
1920-02-03Fred Fulton51-6-0
Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts, USALKO812
According to the Boston Globe, Fulton used Johnson as a punching bag.
1919-10-03Kid Norfolk40-12-4
Lyric Theater, Baltimore, Maryland, USALPTS1515
From Baltimore newspapers (Laurence Fielding).
1919-06-10Harry Wills33-5-2
Jersey City, New Jersey, USALNWS88
Wills defends his World 'colored' heavyweight title claim
Wills won the newspaper decision. (Bridgeport Standard Telegram)

1916-12-22Sailor Grande21-11-8
Harlem S.C., New York, New York, USALNWS1010
Newspaper decision from New York City newspapers (Jack Kincaid).
1916-11-17Porky Dan Flynn31-9-9
Harlem S.C., New York, New York, USAWNWS1010
Newspaper decision from New York City newspapers (Jack Kincaid). Flynn was down for a 2-count in round two.
1916-10-27Jim Savage18-9-0
Harlem S.C., New York, New York, USAWKO110
1916-10-02Jack Keating6-6-0
Vanderbilt A.C., Brooklyn, New York, USAWTKO510
Keating substituted for George Ashe.
1916-09-21Jack Herrick10-14-13
Olympia Boxing Club, New York, New York, USADNWS1010
Newspaper decision from New York City newspapers (Jack Kincaid).
1916-09-15Sailor Grande20-10-8
Brown's Gym A.A., Far Rockaway, Queens, New York, USALNWS1010
Newspaper decision from New York City newspapers (Jack Kincaid).
1916-09-09Sailor Grande20-10-8
Fairmont A.C., Bronx, New York, USALNWS1010
Newspaper decision from New York City newspapers (Jack Kincaid).
1916-08-25Larry Williams14-7-0
Brown's Gym A.A., Far Rockaway, Queens, New York, USAWKO310
1916-07-14Jack Dempsey19-1-5
Harlem S.C., New York, New York, USADNWS1010
referee: Kid McPartland
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.

1916-04-07Harry Wills23-4-2
Harlem S.C., New York, New York, USALNWS1010
referee: Billy 'Kid' McPartland
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.
1916-02-04Cleve Hawkins6-5-2
Harlem S.C., New York, New York, USAWNWS1010
Newspaper decision from the New York Times, and from other New York City newspapers (Jack Kincaid).
1916-02-03George Kid Cotton7-8-1
Unity Cycle Club, Lawrence, Massachusetts, USAWTKO712
1916-01-24Bill Tate4-5-0
Vanderbilt A.C., Brooklyn, New York, USAWDQ910
Tate was disqualified for stalling.
1915-08-30Dave Mills5-5-5
Vanderbilt A.C., Brooklyn, New York, USAWNWS1010
Newspaper decision from New York City newspapers (Jack Kincaid).
1915-07-06Anastasio Penalver2-1-0
Havana, CubaWKO110
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.
1915-06-25John Budinich6-0-0
Teatro Politeama, Havana, CubaWKO110
1915-04-23Dave Mills5-4-5
Havana, CubaWPTS1010
1915-04-17Bill Scott22-13-4
Havana, CubaLDQ810
Buffalo Courier
1915-03-31Anastasio Penalver2-0-0
Havana, CubaWKO210
1915-03-12Harry Wills20-3-2
Tommy Burns Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana, USALPTS2020
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).
1915-02-27Dave Mills5-3-5
Havana, CubaWKO1010
1915-01-25Bill Tate2-4-0
Pioneer Sporting Club, New York, New York, USADNWS1010
Newspaper decision from the New York Times, and from other New York City newspapers (Jack Kincaid).
1915-01-11Joe Jeannette69-9-7
Pioneer Sporting Club, New York, New York, USALNWS1010
Jeannette won the newspaper decision. (Washington Post). New York City newspapers (Jack Kincaid) also reported Jeannette to be the winner.
1914-12-28Bill Tate2-4-0
Vanderbilt A.C., Brooklyn, New York, USAWNWS1010
Newspaper decision from the Brooklyn Eagle (Paul Zabala).
1914-12-04Gunboat Washington
Olympia Boxing Club, New York, New York, USAWKO210
1914-09-07Ed Butts
New Polo A.C., New York, New York, USAWTKO210
1914-07-15Silas Green4-2-0
Stadium A.C., New York, New York, USADNWS66
Newspaper decision from New York City newspapers (Jack Kincaid).
1914-06-13Bob Lee3-8-0
Fairmont A.C., Bronx, New York, USAWKO110
1914-04-13Willie Langford1-0-0
Olympic A.C., New York, New York, USALNWS1010
Newspaper decision from New York City newspapers (Jack Kincaid).
1913-12-26George Robinson9-1-2
Olympia Boxing Club, New York, New York, USALNWS1010
Reported as Joe Robinson (New York Times). Newspaper decision from New York City newspapers (Jack Kincaid).
1913-12-11Bob Lee2-6-0
Olympia Boxing Club, New York, New York, USAWKO310
1913-10-11Bill Watkins2-4-0
Liberal A.C., Staten Island, New York, USAWNWS1010
Newspaper decision from the Boston Globe, and from New York City newspapers (Jack Kincaid).
1913-09-09Sam Langford80-7-21
Atlantic Garden A.C., New York, New York, USALKO110
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.

1913-08-23Bill Watkins2-4-0
St. Nicholas Arena, New York, New York, USALNWS1010
Newspaper decision from the New York Times, and from other New York City newspapers (Jack Kincaid).
1913-08-05Bob Lee1-5-0
Atlantic Garden A.C., New York, New York, USAWKO310
1913-07-22Joe Jeannette60-8-6
Atlantic Garden A.C., New York, New York, USALNWS1010
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.
1913-06-02George Robinson8-1-2
Olympia Boxing Club, New York, New York, USADNWS1010
Newspaper decision from the New York Times, and from other New York City newspapers (Jack Kincaid).
1912-06-03Bartley Madden1-0-0
Central Institute, Newark, New Jersey, USALNWS44
Newspaper decision provided by Jack Kincaid, unidentifed Newark newspaper.

 
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