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Jack Johnson
Global ID1187
sexmale
birthdate 1878-03-31
death date 1946-06-10 (68)
divisionheavyweight
stanceorthodox
height6′ 0½″   /   184cm
reach74″   /   188cm
aliasGalveston Giant
country USA
residenceRaleigh, North Carolina, USA
birth placeGalveston, Texas, USA
birth nameJohn Arthur Johnson
won 55 (KO 35) + lost 11 (KO 6) + drawn 8 = 77
rounds boxed 703
Newspaper Decisions won 15 : lost : drawn 3
rounds boxed 123
Total Bouts 95 KO% 36.84
 
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dateopponentW-L-Dlast 6location
1931-04-28Brad Simmons28-13-3
Wichita, Kansas, USAWKO2
THE RING reported that Johnson made a couple of voodoo passes over Brad, who then went down. Both men were barred from ever again appearing in a Kansas ring.
1931-03-04Brad Simmons27-12-3
Tulsa, Oklahoma, USALPTS1010
1928-07-19Rough House Wilson0-1-0
Douglas Park, Indianapolis, Indiana, USAWDQ310
1928-05-15Bill Hartwell13-6-4
Memorial Hall, Kansas City, Missouri, USALRTD610
referee: Tom Dixon
Johnson, who claimed he broke his hand in the second round, didn't come out for round 7
1928-04-16Bearcat Wright30-7-7
Topeka, Kansas, USALKO510
Johnson held Wright on nearly even terms for four rounds, but in the fifth a solar plexus blow followed by a right uppercut put him down for the full count. (Associated Press)
1926-09-06Brad Simmons15-4-1
101 Ranch Arena, Ponca City, Oklahoma, USALPTS1010
The pair had been scheduled to fight 10 rounds to a decision at Drumright Oklahoma's Baseball Park on August 18 1924. On account of an injury sustained by Johnson the bout was called off and Johnson asked for a postponement until the following Labor Day. As a report of that bout has yet to be found, it is unlikely it was ever held. "Brad Simmons, Drumright heavyweight, was given a decision over Jack Johnson, former world's heavyweight champion, in a ten-round fight staged here. The Drumright man threw every lead he knew only to see them all smothered by Johnson's perfect defense. But Johnson on offense was a disappointment." Location is Enid, OK. Source: AP (Dallas Morning News)
1926-05-30Bob Lawson26-11-2
Coliseum, Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, MexicoLRTD712
Johnson didn't come out for the 8th round after being floored at end of seventh
1926-05-02Pat Lester22-5-3
Bull Ring, Nogales, Sonora, MexicoWPTS1515
1924-02-22Homer Smith30-12-0
St. Denis Theatre, Montreal, Quebec, CanadaWPTS1010
referee: Georges Rivet
A "colossal burlesque," was the general opinion of the 5,000 assembled, with Smith taking the count of nine on several occasions "without apparently being hard hit." Johnson "did not take the fight seriously, other than from the box office end, and his much touted effort to stage a comeback fell by the wayside." Montreal Gazette
1923-05-20Jack Thompson20-10-5
Havana, CubaWNWS1212
"So bad was the bout that the boxing commissioner, sitting at the ringside, fined each fighter $500 for stalling. In the 10th round the referee left the ring (and replaced by promoter Sam Tolan), while a shower of cushions, pop bottles and other missiles were hurled at the boxers." Tacoma News Tribune. Wire Service report states no official decision was rendered.
1923-05-06Farmer Lodge10-8-0
Havana, CubaWKO4
Havana Commmission ruled on May 15 that Lodge was kayoed, not fouled as he claimed. A return match was called for, but Lodge was later declared unfit to box for at least six weeks.
1920-05-17George Roberts
Tijuana, Baja California, MexicoWKO3
1920-04-18Bob Wilson
Mexicali, Baja California, MexicoWKO3
1919-09-28Marty Cutler0-7-0
Mexico City, Distrito Federal, MexicoWKO625
1919-08-10Tom Cowler43-12-2
Plaza de Toros, Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, MexicoWPTS1515x2
The Laredo Times reported that Johnson could have easily knocked out Cowler, but let his opponent go the full distance.
1919-06-22Bob Roper4-1-1
Mexico City, Distrito Federal, MexicoWPTS1010
1919-01-08Jim Flynn
Teatro de la Gran Via, Madrid, Comunidad de Madrid, SpainWKO2
1918-02-05Blink McCloskey26-33-17
Teatro Circo Price, Madrid, Comunidad de Madrid, SpainWRTD620
McCloskey retired after round 6 with an injury to his right hand.
1916-04-23Arthur Cravan
Plaza de Toros Monumental, Barcelona, Cataluña, SpainWKO620
referee: Tony Berton
After this bout Johnson gave an exhibitions with Kid Johnson and his nephew Gus Rhodes, who had boxed 4 rounds before the main event.
This bout was filmed.

1916-03-23Frank Crozier3-4-0
Gran Teatro de Madrid, Madrid, Comunidad de Madrid, SpainWTKO710
Crozier quit after several knockdowns. Johnson wrestled with his nephew afterwards.
1915-04-05Jess Willard20-3-1
Oriental Park, Havana, CubaLKO2645
time: 1:26 | referee: Jack Welsh
World Heavyweight Title
1915-01-10Jack Murray15-7-17
Sociedad Sportiva Argentina, Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal, ArgentinaWKO310
1914-06-27Frank Moran21-6-2
Velodrome d'Hiver, Paris, Paris, FranceWPTS2020
referee: Georges Carpentier
World Heavyweight Title
1913-12-19Battling Jim Johnson19-6-2
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.

1912-07-04Fireman Jim Flynn44-12-14
Las Vegas, New Mexico, USAWDQ945
referee: Wn. W. Smith
World Heavyweight Title
The referee repeatedly warned Flynn for head-butting. (Fight film shows Flynn head-butting, apparently trying to get loose while the taller Johnson constantly holds him at the back of his upper arms. Flynn reportedly hurled racial epithets at Johnson, too.) The sheriff climbed into the ring to stop this bout and referee Smith awarded it to Johnson on a foul.

1910-07-04James J. Jeffries19-0-2
Reno, Nevada, USAWTKO1545
time: 2:20 | referee: Tex Rickard
World Heavyweight Title
Reportedly the first time a venue was constructed specifically for one boxing show. (Promoter & Referee: Tex Rickard. United States President Taft declined Rickard's telegraphed offer to referee.) Tommy Burns, Jake Kilraine, Abe Attell and others were introduced to the crowd of 16,528.

1909-10-16Stanley Ketchel48-3-4
Mission Street Arena, Colma, California, USAWKO1220
referee: Jack Welsh
World Heavyweight Title
1909-09-09Al Kaufman18-1-0
Coffroth's Arena, San Francisco, California, USAWNWS1010
referee: Eddie Smith
World Heavyweight Title
"Jack Johnson had no trouble winning a 'newspaper' decision over Al Kaufman this afternoon in ten rounds. There was an agreement that no decision was to be rendered if both were on their feet at the end. Johnson landed almost at will, while Kaufman got in only two effective blows. It appeared as though Johnson could have ended the fight at any time." (Associated Press)

1909-06-30Tony Ross11-6-2
Duquesne Gardens, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
referee: Jimmy Dime
World Heavyweight Title
Johnson won the newspaper decision. (Washington Post) The Pittsburgh Post did not consider this to be a title fight. Johnson was an easy winner.

1909-05-19Philadelphia Jack O'Brien92-6-14
National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USADNWS66
referee: Jack McGuigan
World Heavyweight Title was at risk because this was a no-decision bout. "Three or four times during the mix-ups, O'Brien was roughed to the floor, and once he got tangled in the ropes." (Philadelphia Inquirer). The Philadelphia Inquirer scored for Johnson. Wilkes-Barre Times Leader had O'Brien winning three rounds, with two even, and 5th round to Johnson (same report was printed in NY Sun and Washington Herald). The NY Times ruled it a draw. Wire reports in multiple newspapers (for example, San Francisco Call) had it a draw. Trenton Times reported that the referee stated he thought O'Brien the winner by a shade. The Sports editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer in May 23 issue wrote: "A half dozen writers, for instance, gave Johnson the credit of having won the bout, but no two of them agreed as to the distance by which he won, and if you read all these accounts you must have come to the conclusion that he won at any distance from a whisker to a city block. And it was the same with the able gentlemen who espoused the O'Brien cause. Some declared that he won all the way, and that but for his willingness to take the initiative there would have been no milling at all, while others gave him the decision solely for the splendid showing he made against such a tremendous physical handicap." The Philadelphia Item stated that O'Brien soundly out-boxed Johnson. All-in-all, it seems that the best choice would be to show it as a draw.
1908-12-26Tommy Burns42-2-8
Sydney Stadium, Sydney, New South Wales, AustraliaWPTS1420
referee: Hugh McIntosh
World Heavyweight Title
Bout halted by the police, per prior agreement; decision awarded by the referee. Both wore 4oz gloves.

1908-07-31Ben Taylor23-13-3
Old Cosmo Rink, Plymouth, Devon, United KingdomWTKO810x2
referee: JT Hulls
Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Saturday 01 August 1908
1907-11-02Fireman Jim Flynn33-8-13
Coffroth's Arena, San Francisco, California, USAWKO1145
time: 1:30 | referee: Billy Roche
Flynn turned to the referee and said "I wish I was as clever as this nigger" a moment before Johnson dropped him. Flynn was revived in his corner. Weights provided by the San Francisco Call.
1907-09-12Sailor Burke13-1-0
Smith's Theater, Bridgeport, Connecticut, USAWNWS66
referee: Danny Walker
Johnson won the newspaper decision. (Fort Wayne Journal Gazette)Burke was knocked down for 9 counts at least once in every round amid cries of fake![According to Bob Edgren]
1907-08-28Charles Cutler1-1-0
Lauer's Park, Reading, Pennsylvania, USAWKO16
Cutler was a protege of John L. Sullivan.
1907-07-17Bob Fitzsimmons63-6-3
Washington S.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWKO26
referee: Billy McCarney
Result from both the Philadelphia Item and the Philadelphia Record.
1907-03-04Bill Lang5-3-1
Richmond Race Course, Melbourne, Victoria, AustraliaWTKO920
referee: Mick McInerey
1907-02-19Peter Felix20-12-7
Gaiety Athletic Hall, Sydney, New South Wales, AustraliaWKO120
time: 2:20
Johnson defends world 'colored' heavyweight title, Felix is Australian Colored Champion
1906-11-26Joe Jeannette6-3-1
Auditorium, Portland, Maine, USADNWS1010
referee: Marty Sullivan
Johnson defends world 'colored' heavyweight title. Johnson 20lbs heavier. The local paper called it a draw, though it also said Johnson was the cleverer boxer and ring general and slightly outclassed Jeannette. Research done by Adam Pollack.
1906-11-08Jim Jeffords20-15-1
Lancaster A.C., Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
The Philadelphia Item reported that Johnson had the better of the fight.
1906-09-20Joe Jeannette6-3-1
Broadway A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
Johnson received the newspaper decision from the Philadelphia Item.
1906-09-03Billy Dunning3-1-2
Millinocket, Maine, USADNWS1010
Newspaper decision from the Boston Daily Globe
1906-06-18Charlie Haghey18-10-7
Gloucester A.C., Gloucester, Massachusetts, USAWKO212
referee: Jack Sheehan
1906-04-26Sam Langford32-4-15
Lincoln A.C., Chelsea, Massachusetts, USAWPTS1515
referee: Martin Flaherty
Johnson defends world 'colored' heavyweight title
Langford was knocked down in round 6

1906-04-16Black Bill11-4-3
Peerless A.C., Pittston, Pennsylvania, USAWKO710
referee: Buck Kelly
7th round KO according to Wilkes-Barre Times, bout held near Pittston. 6th round KO at Wilkes-Barre according to Philadelphia Item.
1906-03-14Joe Jeannette5-1-1
Germania Maennerchor Hall, Baltimore, Maryland, USAWPTS1515
referee: Frederick Sweigert
Johnson defends world 'colored' heavyweight title
1906-02-08Jim McCormick3-5-1
Grand Opera House, Topeka, Kansas, USADPTS1010
"In what was to have been a ten round contest at the Grand Opera house Thursday evening of last week, Jack Johnson punished Big Jim McCormack of Texas so severely that the bout was cut off in the eighth round and called a draw." (Topeka Plaindealer, Feb 16, 1906)
According to Topeka Daily Capital and Topeka Daily State Journal (searched by Adam Pollack) the bout went full 10 rounds.

1906-01-26Bob Kerns2-5-0
Kansas Athletic Association, Topeka, Kansas, USAWKO110
time: 1:10
1906-01-16Joe Jeannette5-1-1
Sharkey A.C., New York, New York, USAWNWS33
Johnson won decisively per Binghamton NY Press
1905-12-02Joe Jeannette3-1-1
National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
Johnson won the newspaper decision from Jeannette (Philadelphia Item).
1905-12-01Young Peter Jackson67-16-21
Eureka A.C., Baltimore, Maryland, USAWNWS1212
Johnson defends world 'colored' heavyweight title
"At its conclusion no decision was given. Johnson had undertaken to knock Jackson out within twelve rounds or take the smaller end of the receipts. He failed to do so." (Durango Democrat) The New York Evening World reported that Johnson twice knocked down Jackson and had administered lots of punishment; Jackson on his part had done little fighting.

1905-11-25Joe Jeannette2-1-1
National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USALDQ26
According to the Philadelphia Item, Jeannette was winning the fight until he was fouled.
1905-07-24Joe Grim16-10-1
National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
referee: Jack McGuigan
Johnson "bested" Grim, "knocking him down more than a dozen times. Grim was down and taking the count when the gong ended the bout." (Fort Wayne Journal Gazette) According to the Philadelphia Item Johnson gave Grim the worst punishment of his career.
1905-07-18Sandy Ferguson28-8-11
Douglas A.C., Chelsea, Massachusetts, USAWDQ715
referee: Bill Crowley
Enraged by Johnson's insulting patter and left-hook to the belly, Ferguson took advantage of a bearhug by Johnson to drive his knee twice into his opponent's groin. Ferguson had taken the first two rounds, round three was even, but Johnson began driving home a wicked left hook to the stomach to take the fifth and sixth, and one or two may have strayed.
1905-07-13Morris Harris7-0-0
Broadway A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWKO13
Johnson fought Harris and Black Bill on the same day in two three-rounders.
1905-07-13Black Bill10-3-2
Broadway A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS33
Johnson fought both Black Bill and Morris Harris on this program.
1905-06-26Jack Munroe10-4-3
National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
Johnson won the newspaper decision. Munroe was at least 20 pounds over his best weight and carried a spare tire.(Fort Wayne Journal Gazette) According to the Philadelphia Item, Jack Johnson "battered" Munroe.
1905-05-09Walter Johnson6-9-5
Knickerbocker A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWKO33
This was Jack Johnson's second fight of the evening. Walter Johnson gave him a tough battle, but Jack knocked him out in round three.
1905-05-09Joe Jeannette0-1-0
Knickerbocker A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS33
Johnson - who attempted to knock out the first of two men on this card - dropped Jeannette three times in round 1, but after that his opponent stuck it out and gave as much as he took. In the end both the New York Evening World and the Washington Times declared it a very even fight. UPDATE: According to a consensus of the Philadelphia newspapers, Johnson won the bout. The Philadelphia Record and Philadelphia Evening Bulletin both awarded the bout to Johnson and the Philadelphia Inquirer account stated that "Johnson seemed unable to get to Jeannette with any of his blows effectively, although the New Yorker took the count more than once to gather his wits about him when the milling got a bit warm."
1905-05-02Black Bill10-2-2
Knickerbocker A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWKO46
Result from the Philadelphia Item was in favor of Johnson. (The Item made no mention of this fight involving the "colored heavyweight title."
1905-04-25Jim Jeffords20-13-1
Knickerbocker A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWKO46
Result was a knockout win for Johnson over Jeffords at the Philadelphia Item.
1905-03-28Marvin Hart21-3-3
Woodward's Pavilion, San Francisco, California, USALPTS2020
referee: Alec Greggains
1904-10-18Denver Ed Martin15-4-0
Hazard's Pavilion, Los Angeles, California, USAWKO220
Johnson defends world 'colored' heavyweight title.
"..Manager McCarey of the Century Athletic Club announced that he would offer a $15,000 guarantee for a match between Jeffries and Johnson..."

1904-06-02Frank Childs40-7-7
Empire A.A., Chicago, Illinois, USAWPTS66
Johnson defends world 'colored' heavyweight title
1904-04-22Sam McVea8-2-0
Mechanic's Pavilion, San Francisco, California, USAWKO2020
referee: Eddie Graney
Johnson defends world 'colored' heavyweight title
According to the San Francisco Call this was poor fight with Johnson dominating until knocking out McVey 20 seconds from the final bell.

1904-02-15Black Bill9-1-1
Lenox A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
Newspaper decision as reported in the Philadelphia Record was in favor of Johnson, however the smaller and lighter Black Bill made it a close fight.
1904-02-06Sandy Ferguson26-7-10
National A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USANCNC56
referee: Jack McGuigan
[According to the NY Evening World, Ferguson had been slated to meet Gus Ruhlin Feb 4th at Chelsea, Mass.] Referee McGuigan left the ring in round 5 because Johnson and Ferguson were deemed to be 'faking.' Johnson and Ferguson were substituting for Kid Carter and Billy Stift. Stift had failed to appear and Carter refused to fight Ferguson, so Johnson stepped up.
1903-12-11Sandy Ferguson24-6-10
Colma, California, USAWPTS2020
referee: Jack Welsh
1903-10-27Sam McVea8-1-0
Hazard's Pavilion, Los Angeles, California, USAWPTS2020
referee: Charles Eyton
Johnson defends world 'colored' heavyweight title
The San Francisco Call reported that McVey - who was floored in rounds 1 and 6 - put up a plucky fight but was 'outgeneraled, outboxed and outclassed.'

1903-07-31Sandy Ferguson21-6-10
Penn Art Club, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
Newspaper decision from the New York Evening World, which reported it to be a tame bout in which Johnson was easily the better of the two. However, the Philadelphia Record considered it close and that Johnson "edged" Ferguson.
1903-05-11Joe Butler38-14-3
Washington S.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWKO36
referee: William H. Rocap
From the Philadelphia Item.
1903-04-16Sandy Ferguson20-5-9
Essex A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, USAWPTS1010
referee: Dan Donnelly
1903-02-26Sam McVea6-0-0
Hazard's Pavilion, Los Angeles, California, USAWPTS2020
Johnson defends world 'colored' heavyweight title
Johnson about 25 pounds lighter than McVey

1903-02-05Denver Ed Martin14-1-0
Hazard's Pavilion, Los Angeles, California, USAWPTS2020
referee: Harry Stuart
Johnson wins world 'colored' heavyweight title.
Johnson had Martin down 4 times in the 11th round, but couldn't finish him.

1902-12-04Fred Russell15-8-3
Hazard's Pavilion, Los Angeles, California, USAWDQ820
referee: Harry Stuart
Russell was disqualified for repeated low blows. Johnson was a late substitute for Sam McVea who was injured in training.
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