Marvin Johnson Record & Stats

Marvin Johnson Record & Stats

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In a career spanning 14 years, Marvin Johnson fought 49 times with 43 wins and 6 losses. By his last professional fight on May 23, 1987, Johnson's boxing record stood at 43-6 (35 KO wins, 5 KO losses).

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Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Apr 12, 1954
May 22, 1973
35 (71.4%)
179 cm
184 cm
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5 cm
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Marvin Johnson's record and stats
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      Marvin Johnson (Pops) is a retired American professional boxer. He was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA on April 12, 1954. Johnson made his professional boxing debut at the age of 19 on May 22, 1973. He is a former light-heavyweight world champion. He is 68 years old, and will be turning 69 in 14 days.

      Boxing Record

      Total Fights49
      KO Wins35
      Total Title Wins3
      Title Defenses1
      Title-Fight KO Wins4
      Losses via KO5
      49May 23, 198733 Leslie Stewart LossRTD8
      48Sep 20, 198632Jean Marie Emebe WinTKO13
      47Feb 9, 198631 Leslie Stewart WinTKO7
      46Dec 4, 198531Frank LuxWinKO4
      45Oct 11, 198531Raleigh SearcyWinTKO4
      44Apr 21, 198531 Eddie DavisWinTKO5
      43Jan 17, 198530Charles HendersonWinTKO2
      42Dec 13, 198430Eddie CollinsWinKO2
      41Nov 8, 198430Charles WilliamsWinUD
      40Aug 30, 198430Johnny DavisWinUD
      39Jun 14, 198430Jerome CloudenWinRTD5
      38Mar 26, 198429Eddie GonzalesWinKO4
      37Jan 18, 198429Elvis ParksWinTKO4
      36Nov 21, 198329Mike BrothersWinTKO10
      35Feb 25, 198328Andros Ernie BarrWinTKO8
      34Oct 14, 198228Alvino MansonWinKO1
      33Apr 6, 198227Darnell HayesWinTKO2
      32Mar 28, 198126 Michael SpinksLossKO4
      31Jan 28, 198126Rick NashWinTKO3
      30Jan 15, 198126Eddie StraightWinTKO1
      29Sep 9, 198026Dave Lee RoysterWinKO4
      28Mar 31, 198025Eddie Mustafa Muhammad LossTKO11
      27Nov 30, 197925VĂ­ctor GalĂ­ndez WinKO11
      26Sep 20, 197925Carlos MarksWinUD
      25Apr 22, 197925 Matthew Saad Muhammad LossTKO8
      24Dec 2, 197824Mate Parlov WinTKO10
      23Sep 15, 197824Jerry CelestineWinUD
      22Jun 17, 197824Lottie MwaleLossPTS
      21May 24, 197824John BaldwinWinUD
      20Apr 3, 197823 Eddie DavisWinTKO7
      19Jan 25, 197823Roberto ReynosaWinKO1
      18Nov 1, 197723Billy DouglasWinTKO5
      17Sep 28, 197723Johnny FieldsWinKO1
      16Jul 26, 197723 Matthew Saad MuhammadLossTKO12
      15Apr 22, 197723Tom BetheaWinTKO4
      14Feb 21, 197722Johnny TownsendWinUD
      13Nov 30, 197622Vandell WoodsWinUD
      12Sep 14, 197622Wayne McGeeWinTKO1
      11Apr 15, 197622Harold CarterWinKO2
      10Apr 3, 197621Ray AndersonWinTKO6
      9Nov 13, 197521Eddie OwensWinKO3
      8Apr 17, 197521Paul CardozaWinTKO5
      7Jan 29, 197520Gary SummerhaysWinUD
      6Dec 11, 197420Jim AdamsWinTKO1
      5Nov 12, 197420Johnny WordsWinTKO6
      4Jul 17, 197420Ted PaxtonWinKO2
      3Oct 30, 197319Chuck WarfieldWinTKO5
      2Sep 17, 197319Al ByrdWinTKO1
      1May 22, 197319Sylvester WilderWinKO2


      Marvin Johnson was a light-heavyweight world champion. He has held three world titles at the light-heavyweight weight division, one of which was a vacant title win, and the rest two were lineal championship wins.

      Weight DivisionWorld Titles Held
      Light-heavyweightWBA 2x, WBC


      Marvin Johnson is 179 cm tall (5' 10.47") with a reach of 184 cm (6' 0.44"). He fights out of the southpaw stance and presents an ape-index of 5 cm (1.97"). Johnson has a 71.4% KO rate.

      Career Summary

      Marvin Johnson's professional boxing career spanned more than 14 years — from 1973 to 1987.

      Johnson made his professional boxing debut against Sylvester Wilder at the age of 19 on May 22, 1973, defeating Wilder via 2nd round KO. He went on to win 14 more consecutive fights after the debut, which included 11 wins via stoppage.

      Johnson had his first world title fight at the age of 24 on December 2, 1978 after 23 professional fights, against Mate Parlov for the light-heavyweight WBC title. He defeated Parlov via 10th round TKO to become the light-heavyweight champion of the world.

      Johnson has won three world titles at light-heavyweight. For all the details about Johnson's world title wins and defenses refer to "Marvin Johnson World Titles".

      Some of Johnson's best fights and notable victories include wins over Hall-of-Famer VĂ­ctor GalĂ­ndez, Leslie Stewart, Mate Parlov, Eddie Davis, Jean Marie Emebe, Ray Anderson, and Charles Williams.

      Marvin Johnson had a total of six losses in his professional boxing career — three of them in title bouts and three in non-title bouts. He suffered his first loss against Matthew Saad Muhammad via 12th round TKO on July 26, 1977, which ended his 15-fight win streak. He has been stopped five times and lost once via decision. For more details about these defeats, refer to "All of Marvin Johnson's losses".

      His last professional fight was a light-heavyweight title defense bout against Trinidadian boxer Leslie Stewart on May 23, 1987. Johnson lost the fight via 8th round RTD — and lost his WBA title. It's been 35 years, 10 months, and 6 days since this fight.

      Johnson retired from professional boxing with a record of 43-6, which included 35 knockout wins and five losses via knockout, and three title wins.

      Career Highlights

      Marvin Johnson fought a total of 49 times during his professional career. These two fights are the highlight of his career.

      • December 2, 1978: Johnson wins his first world title by defeating Mate Parlov via 10th round TKO. He is now the WBC light-heavyweight world champion.

      • February 9, 1986: Johnson wins the WBA light-heavyweight title from Leslie Stewart, by beating Stewart via 7th round TKO.


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