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Harold Johnson Record

Total Fights87
Title Wins3
Title Defenses4
Title-Fight KOs2
KO Wins31
KO Losses5
Harold Johnson Record & Stats
Manayunk, Pennsylvania
Aug 9, 1928
Feb 19, 2015 (86 years)
Jun 18, 1946
Title Fights
31 (35.6%)
178 cm
188 cm
Ape Index
10 cm
Last Fight
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Harold Johnson's Record
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      What is Harold Johnson's boxing record?

      In a professional boxing career spanning 24 years and nine months, Harold Johnson fought 87 times with 76 wins and 11 losses.

      Johnson retired from professional boxing with a record of 76-11, which included two world-championship elevations, three world-title wins, and four successful title defense fights at the light-heavyweight weight division. He had a 35.6% knockouts-to-fights ratio with 31 of his total 87 fights being knockout wins, two of which were in title fights. Johnson suffered five knockout losses in his career, one of which was against Archie Moore in a light-heavyweight title fight.

      His last fight was a 3rd round TKO defeat to Herschel Jacobs on March 30, 1971.

      Some of Johnson's best fights and notable victories include wins over three Hall-of-Famers (Ezzard Charles, Archie Moore, and Jimmy Bivins), Von Clay, Tommy Merrill, Doug Jones, Charley Doc Williams, Gustav Scholz, Bob Satterfield, and Eddie Cotton.

      87Mar 30, 197142Herschel JacobsLossTKO3
      86Jun 11, 196839Johnny AlfordWinUD
      85Feb 3, 196839Lothar StengelWinPTS
      84Aug 7, 196738Eddie JonesWinPTS
      83May 1, 196738Herschel JacobsWinUD
      82Dec 6, 196638Pekka KokkonenWinPTS
      81Jan 7, 196637Johnny PersolLossUD
      80Apr 20, 196435Hank CaseyWinKO8
      79Dec 6, 196335Henry HankWinUD
      78Jun 1, 196334Willie PastranoLoss *SD
      77Mar 19, 196334Tommy MerrillWinTKO9
      76Jun 23, 196233Gustav ScholzWin *UD
      75May 12, 196233Doug JonesWin *UD
      74Aug 29, 196133Eddie CottonWin *SD
      73Jul 1, 196132Eddie MachenWinPTS
      72Apr 24, 196132Von ClayWin *TKO2
      71Feb 7, 196132Jesse BowdryWin *TKO9
      70May 4, 196031Clarence FloydWinUD
      69Nov 11, 195931Sonny RayWinTKO10
      68Aug 4, 195930Johnny YorkWinTKO6
      67Dec 15, 195830Rudy WatkinsWinKO6
      66Dec 3, 195830Howard KingWinUD
      65Apr 15, 195829Ollie WilsonWinTKO2
      64Jan 17, 195829Bert WhitehurstWinUD
      63Dec 17, 195729Sid PeaksWinKO5
      62Sep 10, 195729Wayne BetheaWinUD
      61May 31, 195728Clarence HinnantWinKO1
      60Mar 12, 195728Bob SatterfieldWinUD
      59Dec 8, 195628Bert WhitehurstWinPTS
      58May 6, 195526Julio MederosLossTKO2
      57Feb 11, 195526Paul AndrewsWinKO6
      56Dec 22, 195426Marty MarshallWinUD
      55Dec 7, 195426Julio MederosWinUD
      54Oct 8, 195426Oakland Billy SmithLossKO2
      53Aug 11, 195426Archie MooreLoss *TKO14
      52Mar 17, 195425Paul AndrewsWinMD
      51Feb 15, 195425Charley Doc WilliamsWinTKO8
      50Jan 29, 195425Jimmy SladeWinSD
      49Nov 19, 195325Chubby WrightWinUD
      48Nov 7, 195325Henry HallWinUD
      47Sep 8, 195325Ezzard CharlesWinSD
      46May 11, 195324Toxie HallWinUD
      45Mar 21, 195324Billy GilliamWinUD
      44Jan 16, 195324Jimmy SladeWinUD
      43Nov 24, 195224Niño ValdésWinUD
      42Oct 6, 195224Bob SatterfieldWinKO2
      41Sep 16, 195224Leonard MorrowWinKO3
      40Aug 6, 195223Bob SatterfieldLossSD
      39Mar 17, 195223Clarence HenryWinSD
      38Jan 29, 195223Archie MooreLossUD
      37Dec 10, 195123Archie MooreWinUD
      36Sep 24, 195123Archie MooreLossUD
      35Jul 23, 195122Chubby WrightWinUD
      34Jun 18, 195122Elkins BrothersWinTKO10
      33Feb 9, 195122Chuck HunterWinPTS
      32Jan 22, 195122Dusty WilkersonWinKO4
      31Dec 18, 195022Harry DanielsWinKO2
      30Feb 8, 195021Jersey Joe WalcottLossKO3
      29Dec 7, 194921Bert LytellWinPTS
      28Oct 26, 194921Jimmy BivinsWinUD
      27Jul 25, 194920Henry HallWinUD
      26Jun 16, 194920Henry HallWinUD
      25Apr 26, 194920Archie MooreLossUD
      24Feb 23, 194920Arturo GodoyWinUD
      23Dec 14, 194820Willie BrownWinKO7
      22Nov 9, 194820Jim HoldenWinPTS
      21Sep 28, 194820Agostinho GuedesWinTKO3
      20May 13, 194819Vernon WilliamsWinPTS
      19Mar 29, 194819Kenny HarrisWinUD
      18Mar 1, 194819Kenny HarrisWinUD
      17Dec 11, 194719Kid WolfeWinPTS
      16Nov 24, 194719Herbie KatzWinKO1
      15Nov 6, 194719Jimmy MooreWinKO5
      14Oct 6, 194719Eddie BeazleyWinTKO1
      13Aug 4, 194718Al PinelWinPTS
      12Jul 8, 194718Tommy RuthWinKO6
      11May 26, 194718Fred LesterWinTKO8
      10Apr 28, 194718Leon SzymurskiWinTKO3
      9Mar 10, 194718Tony GilloWinPTS
      8Feb 17, 194718Joe Van LoanWinTKO2
      7Feb 10, 194718Jim HoldenWinKO4
      6Jan 24, 194718Chappie ManningWinPTS
      5Jan 10, 194718Frank LowryWinTKO2
      4Oct 25, 194618Randy IngramWinKO4
      3Sep 9, 194618Jimmy KennedyWinPTS
      2Aug 13, 194618Ted SimmonsWinKO2
      1Jun 18, 194617Dick BrewsterWinKO2

      * World-title fight

      Boxing career

      Harold Johnson (Hercules) was an American professional boxer. He was born in Manayunk, Pennsylvania on August 9, 1928. He was a light-heavyweight world champion. He died on February 19, 2015 at the age of 86 years. Johnson was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame (IBHOF) in 1993. His professional boxing career spanned more than 24 years — from 1946 to 1971.

      Johnson made his professional boxing debut against Dick Brewster at the age of 17 on June 18, 1946, defeating Brewster via 2nd round KO. He went on to win 23 more consecutive fights after the debut, which included 13 wins via stoppage.

      He had his first world title fight at the age of 26 on August 11, 1954 after 52 professional fights, against Archie Moore for the NBA, NYSAC, and The Ring titles. He lost to Moore via 14th round TKO.

      Harold Johnson was a one-time unified light-heavyweight world champion, and won one world title at light-heavyweight. He was elevated as world champion twice. For all the details about Johnson's world title wins and defenses refer to the "Championships" section below.

      Johnson had a total of 11 losses in his professional boxing career.

      His last professional fight was a non-title rematch against Herschel Jacobs at 42 years of age, on March 30, 1971. Johnson lost the fight via 3rd round TKO.


      Johnson had a total of seven world-title fights, which includes winning three world titles and four successful title defenses. He won five of these fights and lost two.

      Title Wins

      Harold Johnson fought for a light-heavyweight world title in three fights and won two of these fights, winning one of them via way of stoppage. He won one light-heavyweight belt. He was elevated as world champion twice, by WBA and WBC.

      DateOpponentDivisionTitles WonMethod
      May 12, 1962^Doug JonesLight-heavyweightNYSAC*, The RingUD
      Feb 7, 1961Jesse BowdryLight-heavyweightNBA*TKO
      ^ Became unified world champion
      * Vacant title

      Title Defenses

      Harold Johnson had five light-heavyweight world-title defense fights. He won four of them and lost once.

      Following is the table of his successful title defense fights, the next section has the fights where he lost his titles.

      DateOpponentDivisionTitles DefendedMethod
      Jun 23, 1962Gustav ScholzLight-heavyweightNBA, NYSAC, The RingUD
      May 12, 1962^Doug JonesLight-heavyweightNBAUD
      Aug 29, 1961Eddie CottonLight-heavyweightNBASD
      Apr 24, 1961Von ClayLight-heavyweightNBATKO
      ^ Became unified world champion

      Title Losses

      Harold Johnson lost one world-title defense fight, and lost three titles in the fight.

      DateOpponentDivisionTitles LostMethod
      Jun 1, 1963Willie PastranoLight-heavyweightWBA, WBC, The RingSD


      Johnson fought a total of 87 times during his professional career, which includes 7 world-title fights at the light-heavyweight division. He put on some very good performances in these fights. These four fights are the highlight of his career.

      • August 11, 1954: In his first world-title fight, Harold Johnson loses to Archie Moore via 14th round TKO. He was fighting for the NBA, NYSAC, and The Ring light-heavyweight titles.

      • February 7, 1961: Johnson wins the NBA light-heavyweight title from Jesse Bowdry, by beating Bowdry via 9th round TKO.

      • April 24, 1961: Johnson successfully defends the NBA light-heavyweight title against Von Clay, winning the fight via 2nd round TKO.

      • May 12, 1962: Johnson becomes a unified light-heavyweight world champion by beating Doug Jones via 15 round unanimous decision. He now holds the NBA, NYSAC , and The Ring light-heavyweight world-champion belts.


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