Marvin Johnson
Global ID875
birthdate 1954-04-12
divisionlight heavyweight
height5′ 10½″   /   179cm
reach72½″   /   184cm
country USA
residenceIndianapolis, Indiana, USA
birth placeIndianapolis, Indiana, USA
won 43 (KO 35) + lost 6 (KO 5) + drawn 0 = 49
rounds boxed 282 KO% 71.43

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dateopponentW-L-Dlast 6location
1987-05-23Leslie Stewart23-1-0
National Stadium, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad And TobagoLRTD812
referee: Bernie Soto | judge: Julio Roldan 70-80 | judge: Roberto Ramirez Sr. 70-80 | judge: Nicasio L. Drake 69-80
WBA World light heavyweight title
Corner retirement.
1986-09-20Jean-Marie Emebe24-2-0
Market Square Arena, Indianapolis, Indiana, USAWTKO1315
time: 1:41 | referee: Luis Rivera | judge: Humberto Figueroa 117-114 | judge: Roberto Ramirez Sr. 115-113 | judge: Chuck Williams 117-115
WBA World light heavyweight title
1986-02-09Leslie Stewart18-0-0
Market Square Arena, Indianapolis, Indiana, USAWTKO715
time: 0:56 | referee: Franco Priami 58-57 | judge: John Coyle 60-55 | judge: Kazumasa Kuwata 59-55
vacant WBA World light heavyweight title
Bout stopped on cuts.
1985-12-04Frank Lux7-18-0
Market Square Arena, Indianapolis, Indiana, USAWKO410
1985-10-11Raleigh Searcy3-4-0
Hulman Center, Terre Haute, Indiana, USAWTKO410
time: 2:59
Searcy down twice in the fourth round and the referee stopped the fight after the second knockdown.
1985-04-21Eddie Davis29-4-1
Sands Casino Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USAWTKO512
time: 0:59 | referee: Paul Venti
USBA light heavyweight title
1985-01-17Charles Henderson16-4-0
Holiday Star Theatre, Merrillville, Indiana, USAWTKO210
time: 1:55 | referee: Stanley Berg
1984-12-13Eddie Collins8-11-2
Sands Casino Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USAWKO210
time: 1:35 | referee: Larry Hazzard
1984-11-08Charles Williams12-3-2
Tyndall Armory, Indianapolis, Indiana, USAWUD1010
referee: Mike DeFabis | judge: Lance Rhodes 99-90 | judge: Gary Merritt 99-91 | judge: Mike DeFabis 100-89
1984-08-30Johnny Davis16-6-0
Sands Casino Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USAWUD1010
referee: Larry Hazzard | judge: Tony Orlando 7-2 | judge: Harold Lederman 7-3 | judge: Richard F. Murry 8-2
1984-06-14Jerome Clouden20-2-0
Sands Casino Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USAWRTD510
time: 3:00 | referee: Frank Cappuccino
1984-03-26Eddie Gonzales22-4-0
Sands Casino Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USAWKO410
1984-01-18Elvis Parks13-7-0
Indianapolis, Indiana, USAWTKO4
1983-11-21Mike Brothers14-2-0
Americana Congress Hotel, Chicago, Illinois, USAWTKO1010
1983-02-25Andros Ernie Barr28-8-0
Nassau, BahamasWKO8
1982-10-14Alvino Manson10-1-0
Tyndall Armory, Indianapolis, Indiana, USAWKO112
time: 1:00 | referee: Mike DeFabis
1982-04-06Darnell Hayes10-21-0
Civic Center, Danville, Illinois, USAWTKO210
time: 1:55 | referee: Ed Stage | judge: John Naylor | judge: Jim LeBel | judge: R.B. Lorey
1981-03-28Michael Spinks15-0-0
Resorts International, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USALKO410
time: 1:22 | referee: Joe Cortez | judge: Frank Brunette | judge: Milo Savage
1981-01-28Rick Nash0-1-0
Atkinson Hotel, Indianapolis, Indiana, USAWKO3
1981-01-15Eddie Straight2-3-0
Tyndall Armory, Indianapolis, Indiana, USAWTKO110
1980-09-09Dave Lee Royster12-14-1
Resorts International, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USAWKO410
time: 2:51 | referee: Tony Perez
1980-03-31Eddie Mustafa Muhammad35-4-1
Stokley Athletics Center, Knoxville, Tennessee, USALTKO1115
time: 2:43 | referee: Carlos Berrocal 93-97 | judge: Luis Sulbaran 96-98 | judge: Guillermo Bauza 94-99
WBA World light heavyweight title
1979-11-30Victor Emilio Galindez55-7-4
Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana, USAWKO1115
time: 0:20 | referee: Jesus Celis | 4-5 | 5-4 | 6-4
WBA World light heavyweight title
1979-09-20Carlos Marks33-34-2
Market Square Arena, Indianapolis, Indiana, USAWUD1010
1979-04-22Matthew Saad Muhammad22-3-2
Market Square Arena, Indianapolis, Indiana, USALTKO815
referee: George DeFabis | judge: Tom Catterson
WBC World light heavyweight title
1978-12-02Mate Parlov22-1-1
Palazzo Dello Sport, Marsala, Sicilia, ItalyWTKO1015
time: 2:33 | referee: Roland Dakin
WBC World light heavyweight title
1978-09-15Jerry Celestine14-1-1
Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana, USAWSD1010
6-3 | 6-4 | 4-5
1978-06-17Lottie Mwale7-0-0
Red Star Stadium, Belgrade, SerbiaLPTS88
referee: Jozef Vikopv | 74-76 | 75-76 | 75-77
Marvin Johnson went down in both the first and second rounds. Initially, the referee did not count them as knockdowns. However, while considering a protest from Mwale's handlers, the boxing commission overruled the referee and officially deducted points from Marvin Johnson for the knockdoiwns. The initial draw verdict was thus changed to a UD win for Lotte Mwale.
1978-05-24Johnny Baldwin32-3-0
Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWUD1010
referee: Rudy Battle 50-41 | judge: Paul Harris 50-41 | judge: John Stewart 50-41
1978-04-03Eddie Davis10-0-1
Tyndall Armory, Indianapolis, Indiana, USAWTKO710
1978-01-25Ishmael Vargas
Tyndall Armory, Indianapolis, Indiana, USAWKO1
time: 1:15
Vargas entered the fight with a reported record of 14-4. From Indianapolis Star
1977-11-01Billy Douglas35-13-1
Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWTKO510
time: 2:35
1977-09-28Johnny Fields4-1-0
Masonic Auditorium, Cleveland, Ohio, USAWKO110
time: 2:52
1977-07-26Matthew Saad Muhammad15-3-2
Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USALTKO1212
time: 1:12 | referee: Ozzie Sadler 53-49 | judge: Paul Harris 51-51 | judge: Harold Lederman 48-51
NABF light heavyweight title
1977-04-22Tom Bethea22-15-3
Convention Center, Indianapolis, Indiana, USAWKO410
time: 2:50
1977-02-21Johnny Townsend8-6-0
Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWPTS1010
1976-11-30Vandell Woods7-2-0
Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWUD1010
1976-09-14Wayne McGee5-2-1
Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWTKO1
1976-04-15Harold Carter19-36-4
Indiana Roof Ballroom, Indianapolis, Indiana, USAWTKO210
referee: Joe Sgro
1976-04-03Ray Anderson36-17-4
Fairgrounds Coliseum, Indianapolis, Indiana, USAWTKO610
1975-11-13Eddie Owens36-25-3
Tyndall Armory, Indianapolis, Indiana, USAWKO310
1975-04-17Paul Cardoza23-8-0
Convention Exposition Center, Indianapolis, Indiana, USAWKO410
1975-01-29Gary Summerhays22-6-2
Tyndall Armory, Indianapolis, Indiana, USAWUD1010
1974-12-11Jim Adams8-3-0
Tyndall Armory, Indianapolis, Indiana, USAWTKO18
1974-11-12Johnny Words3-1-0
Tyndall Armory, Indianapolis, Indiana, USAWTKO68
time: 2:40 | referee: Mike DeFabis
1974-07-17Ted Paxton2-15-0
High Chaparal, Chicago, Illinois, USAWKO210
1973-10-30Chuck Warfield1-0-0
Memorial Coliseum, Fort Wayne, Indiana, USAWTKO5
1973-09-17Al Byrd0-2-1
Coliseum, Fort Wayne, Indiana, USAWKO18
Byrd entered 0-7, with 5 kayo losses
1973-05-22Sylvester Wilder4-8-0
Tyndall Armory, Indianapolis, Indiana, USAWKO26
time: 1:30
Pro Debut for Johnson, the Olympic Bronze Medallist at Middleweight in Munich 1972. Johnson relied on a wicked left hook, sticking to his conventional southpaw style.


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