Marvin Johnson vs. Matthew Saad Muhammad (1st meeting)
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Matthew Saad Muhammad 175 lbs beat Marvin Johnson 175 lbs by TKO at 1:12 in round 12 of 12
- Date: 1977-07-26
- Location: Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
- Referee: Ozzie Sadler 49-53
- Judge: Harold Lederman 51-48
- Judge: Paul Harris 51-51
- Promoter: Russell Peltz
- NABF Light Heavyweight Title (Vacant)
- See also: Marvin Johnson vs. Matthew Saad Muhammad (2nd meeting)
- Fight Poster
- Johnson draws blood from the nose of Franklin in round 2, which continues to bleed throughout the bout.
- Late in round four Franklin stuns Johnson with a series of hard punches, knocking his mouth piece out in the process. The bell ring to save
- Franklin begins to swell under the left eye in round 6.
- An exhausted Johnson finally goes down from a hard series of shots from Franklin. He slumps to the canvas near the ropes and is counted out.
- Both fighters were paid $2,500.
- Dan Rafael of ESPN.com wrote that Saad Muhammad's knockout of Johnson was "his first breakout victory."
- Promoter Russell Peltz said this was "the greatest fight I ever saw."
- From Philly Boxing History: "Matthew Saad Muhammad (then Matt Franklin) and Marvin Johnson waged perhaps the most sensational Spectrum war ever. It was scheduled for 12 rounds with the NABF light heavyweight championship at stake. 6,459 fortunate fans were on hand to watch the grueling, dramatic action. The ebbs and flows of this fight happened in each and every round. Both fighters dished out and received an extraordinary amount of punishment. In the end, Matthew finally knocked out an exhausted Johnson at 1:12 of the 12th."