Leavander Johnson

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Leavander Johnson

Name: Leavander Johnson
Alias: Hook
Birth Name: Leavander William Johnson
Hometown: Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA
Birthplace: Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA
Died: 2005-09-22 (Age:35)
Stance: Orthodox
Height: 175cm
Reach: 178cm
Pro Boxer: Record
Amateur Boxer: Record

Trainer: Bill Johnson

On June 17, 2005 Leveander Johnson captured the vacant IBF lightweight title with a 7th round TKO over Stefano Zoff in Milan (Milano), Italy. This was Johnson's fourth attempt at capturing a version of the World Lightweight Title. He was stopped in the 8th round in 1994 by Miguel Angel Gonzalez for the WBC belt; he was also stopped in seven rounds by Orzubek Nazarov for the WBA belt in 1997; and in his 3rd attempt he was stopped in the 11th round in 2003 by Javier Jauregui for the vacant IBF belt.

Johnson did win the less recognized IBO lightweight title in 1995, when he stopped Fabian Hector Tejeda in the 6th round; Johnson never defended this belt.

On September 17, 2005, Johnson defended his IBF lightweight title against Jesus Chavez, on the Barrera-Peden undercard in Las Vegas, Nevada. Johnson was never in the fight and was dominated, taking a pounding in the later rounds, before referee Tony Weeks stopped the bout in the 11th round. Following the fight Johnson collapsed and was diagnosed with blood clot on the brain, and was induced into a coma. He was rushed into the hospital where he did make progress for a couple of days. However, his condition showed no signs of improvement, and with his organs failing, his family decided to remove care. On September 22, 2005, Leavander Johnson died. He was survived by four children, who were at his side as he died.

Preceded by:
Julio Diaz
IBF Lightweight Champion
2005 Jun 17 – 2005 Sep 17
Succeeded by:
Jesus Chavez