Marvin Johnson (boxer)
|Representing the United States|
Marvin Johnson (born April 12, 1954) is an American former boxer who was a 3-time light-heavyweight champion of the world. As an amateur, Johnson fought in the 1972 Olympics in Munich, winning a bronze medal, and made his way up the professional ranks in the light heavyweight division soon thereafter. His nickname is "Pops".
- Won the 1971 National Golden Gloves Light Heavyweight Championship, March 22 at Fort Worth Texas.
- Won the 1971 National AAU Light Heavyweight (178 lb.) Championship.
- Won The 1972 National Golden Gloves Middleweight (165 lb.) Championship, March 20 at Minneapolis, Minnesota.
- Represented the United States at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games, earning a bronze medal in the 165 pound class, after he was knocked out in the second round of a semifinal by eventual gold medalist Vyacheslav Lemechev of the Soviet Union.
- 1st round bye
- Defeated Ewald Jarmer (West Germany) 5-0
- Defeated Alejandro Montoya (Cuba) 5-0
- Lost to Vyacheslav Lemeshev (Soviet Union) TKO by 2
Johnson lost to Matthew Saad Muhammad and Lottie Mwale in the build-up but won a world title—the WBC light heavyweight version—from fellow southpaw Mate Parlov of Yugoslavia with a 10th-round KO in Italy in December 1978, then lost that same title the following April, in front of his hometown Indianapolis fans, in a rematch to Muhammad in what was perhaps 1979's Fight of the Year for many observers. Johnson was in control in the early going, but the Philadelphia fighter hung in there, and came back to wear down Johnson, stopping him in the eighth round, despite bleeding severely from the nose and from cuts around his eyes. Franklin also beat Johnson earlier—in 1977—by 12th-round KO for a minor title.
Johnson would again win a belt later that year—the WBA version—by fighting the rugged Victor Galindez from Argentina in New Orleans as part of a three-fight 'card' that included two title bouts (Antuofermo-Hagler I and Benitez-Leonard) staged in Las Vegas. After a see-saw battle through the first ten rounds, Johnson nailed—and floored—Galindez with one of his fabled 'over-the-top-from-underneath' left hands, and the title changed hands when the champion's corner surrendered after Galindez hit the canvas.
Again, it was down and out for Johnson in his first title defense when, on the Tate-Weaver undercard in Knoxville in March 1980, Eddie Mustafa Muhammad (née Gregory) outworked, outhustled, and outclassed Johnson en route to an 11th-round TKO.
Things looked bleak when Johnson fought the up-and-coming Michael Spinks in early 1981—just before Spinks dethroned Johnson's latest conqueror, Mustafa Muhammad. Johnson was off to a promising start, but the 1976 Olympian Spinks landed his famous "Spinks jinx" that put Johnson out for good in the fourth round.
Johnson recovered and proceeded to win 16 straight fights, defeating good fighters like Prince Charles Williams along the way, and in February 1986 would again be before his Indianapolis fans, fighting Leslie Stewart of Trinidad and Tobago for the WBA light heavyweight title that became vacant when Spinks abdicated to become a heavyweight. Stewart gave Johnson some fits, but cuts would take their toll on Stewart and were the reason that the fight was stopped in the seventh round, thus making Johnson the first ever three-time champion in the division. An injury postponed his first defense against Jean-Marie Emebe of Cameroon, but the two would hook up in Indianapolis in September of that year. It was the first time that Johnson would both enter and leave the ring as champion—he was the winner by 13th-round TKO.
Next, it was on to Trinidad for a rematch with Stewart on May 23, 1987. However, it was all Stewart this time, as he floored Johnson several times in the first few rounds, and while Johnson always regained his feet and was never counted out he did tell his cornermen after eight rounds that 'enough was enough,' and by doing so became an ex-champ for a third time.
Johnson retired after that bout.
Professional boxing record
|43 Wins (35 knockouts, 8 decisions), 6 Losses (5 knockouts, 1 decision) |
|Loss||23-1||Leslie "Laventille Tiger" Stewart||RTD||8||23/05/1987||Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago||WBA World Light Heavyweight Title. Johnson could not come out for the ninth round.|
|Win||24-2||Jean Marie Emebe||TKO||13||20/09/1986||Indianapolis, Indiana, United States||WBA World Light Heavyweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 1:41 of the 13th round..|
|Win||18-0||Leslie "Laventille Tiger" Stewart||TKO||7||09/02/1986||Indianapolis, Indiana, United States||WBA World Light Heavyweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 0:56 of the seventh round.|
|Win||7-18||Frank Lux||KO||4||04/12/1985||Indianapolis, Indiana, United States|
|Win||3-4||Raleigh Searcy||KO||4||11/10/1985||Terre Haute, Indiana, United States|
|Win||29-4-1||Eddie Davis||TKO||5||21/04/1985||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||USBA Light Heavyweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 0:59 of the fifth round.|
|Win||16-4||Charles "Hollywood" Henderson||TKO||2||17/01/1985||Merrillville, Indiana, United States||Referee stopped the bout at 1:55 of the second round.|
|Win||8-11-2||Eddie Collins||KO||2||13/12/1984||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||Referee stopped the bout at 1:35 of the second round.|
|Win||12-3-2||"Prince" Charles Williams||UD||10||08/11/1984||Indianapolis, Indiana, United States||99-90, 99-91, 100-89.|
|Win||16-6||Johnny Davis||UD||10||30/08/1984||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||19-2||Jerome Clouden||TKO||5||14/06/1984||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||22-4||Eddie Gonzales||KO||4||26/03/1984||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||13-7||Elvis Parks||KO||4||18/01/1984||Indianapolis, Indiana, United States|
|Win||14-2||Mike Brothers||TKO||10||21/11/1983||Chicago, Illinois, United States|
|Win||29-8||Andros Ernie Barr||KO||8||25/02/1983||Nassau, Bahamas|
|Win||10-1||Alvino "Killer" Manson||KO||1||14/10/1982||Indianapolis, Indiana, United States||Manson knocked out at 1:00 of the first round.|
|Win||10-21||"Young" Darnell Hayes||TKO||2||06/04/1982||Danville, Illinois, United States||Referee stopped the bout at 1:55 of the second round.|
|Loss||15-0||Michael "Jinx" Spinks||KO||4||28/03/1981||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||Johnson knocked out at 1:22 of the fourth round.|
|Win||--||Rick Nash||KO||3||28/01/1981||Indianapolis, Indiana, United States|
|Win||2-3||Eddie Straight||KO||1||15/01/1981||Indianapolis, Indiana, United States|
|Win||12-14-1||Dave Lee Royster||KO||4||09/09/1980||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||Royster knocked out at 2:51 of the fourth round.|
|Loss||35-4-1||Eddie Mustafa Muhammad||TKO||11||31/03/1980||Knoxville, Tennessee, United States||WBA World Light Heavyweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 2:43 of the 11th round.|
|Win||55-7-4||Victor Galindez||KO||11||30/11/1979||New Orleans, Louisiana, United States||WBA World Light Heavyweight Title. Galindez knocked out at 0:20 of the 11th round.|
|Win||33-33-2||Carlos Marks||PTS||10||20/09/1979||Indianapolis, Indiana, United States|
|Loss||22-3-2||Matthew Saad Muhammad||TKO||8||22/04/1979||Indianapolis, Indiana, United States||WBC World Light Heavyweight Title.|
|Win||22-1-1||Mate Parlov||TKO||10||02/12/1978||Marsala, Sicilia, Italy||WBC World Light Heavyweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 2:33 of the tenth round.|
|Win||15-1-1||Jerry Celestine||PTS||10||15/09/1978||New Orleans, Louisiana, United States|
|Loss||7-0||Lottie Mwale||PTS||8||17/06/1978||Belgrade, Serbia|
|Win||32-3||Johnny "The Mad" Baldwin||UD||10||24/05/1978||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States|
|Win||10-0-1||Eddie Davis||KO||7||03/04/1978||Indianapolis, Indiana, United States|
|Win||0-6||Roberto Reynosa||KO||1||31/01/1978||Indianapolis, Indiana, United States|
|Win||35-13-1||Billy "Dynamite" Douglas||TKO||5||01/11/1977||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States||Referee stopped the bout at 2:35 of the fifth round.|
|Win||4-1||Johnny Fields||KO||1||28/09/1977||Cleveland, Ohio, United States||Fields knocked out at 2:52 of the first round.|
|Loss||15-3-2||Matthew Saad Muhammad||TKO||12||26/07/1977||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States||NABF Light Heavyweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 1:12 of the 12th round.|
|Win||22-15-3||Tom "The Bomb" Bethea||KO||4||22/04/1977||Indianapolis, Indiana, United States||Bethea knocked out at 2:50 of the fourth round.|
|Win||8-6||Johnny Townsend||PTS||10||21/02/1977||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States|
|Win||7-2||Vandell "Big Boy" Woods||PTS||10||30/11/1976||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States|
|Win||4-2-1||Wayne McGee||TKO||1||14/09/1976||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States|
|Win||19-36-4||Harold Carter||TKO||2||15/04/1976||Indianapolis, Indiana, United States|
|Win||36-17-4||"Sugar" Ray "The Magnificent" Anderson||TKO||6||03/04/1976||Indianapolis, Indiana, United States|
|Win||36-25-3||Eddie "Red Top" Owens||KO||3||13/11/1975||Indianapolis, Indiana, United States|
|Win||23-8||Paul Cardoza||KO||4||17/04/1975||Indianapolis, Indiana, United States|
|Win||22-6-2||Gary Summerhays||PTS||10||29/01/1975||Indianapolis, Indiana, United States|
|Win||6-3||"Iron" Jim Adams||KO||1||11/12/1974||Indianapolis, Indiana, United States|
|Win||2-0||Johnny Words||TKO||6||12/11/1974||Indianapolis, Indiana, United States||Referee stopped the bout at 2:40 of the sixth round.|
|Win||2-15||Ted Paxton||KO||2||17/07/1974||Chicago, Illinois, United States|
|Win||1-0||Chuck Warfield||TKO||5||30/10/1973||Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States|
|Win||0-2-1||Al "Hoss" Byrd||KO||1||17/09/1973||Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States|
|Win||4-8||Sylvester Wilder||KO||2||22/05/1973||Indianapolis, Indiana, United States||Wilder knocked out at 1:30 of the second round.|
Life After Boxing
Johnson currently serves as a pitchman for a local car dealership sometimes (humorously) threatening or abusing his fellow pitchmen with his boxing skills.
|WBC Light Heavyweight Champion
2 Dec 1978–22 Apr 1979
|WBA Light Heavyweight Champion
30 Nov 1979–31 Mar 1980
|WBA Light Heavyweight Champion
9 Feb 1986–23 May 1987