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Marvin Johnson Record

Total Fights49
Title Wins3
Title Defenses1
Title-Fight KOs4
KO Wins35
KO Losses5
Marvin Johnson Record & Stats
Marvin Johnson's Record
Marvin Johnson's boxing record and career infographic

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      What is Marvin Johnson's boxing record?

      In a professional boxing career spanning 14 years, Marvin Johnson fought 49 times with 43 wins and 6 losses.

      Johnson retired from professional boxing with a record of 43-6, which included three light-heavyweight world-title wins and one successful title defense fight. He had a 71.4% knockouts-to-fights ratio with 35 of his total 49 fights being knockout wins, four of which were in title fights. Johnson suffered five knockout losses in his career, three of which were in title fights.

      His last fight was a 8th round RTD defeat to Leslie Stewart on May 23, 1987. Johnson lost the light-heavyweight WBA title to Stewart in this fight.

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

      49May 23, 198733Leslie StewartLoss *RTD8
      48Sep 20, 198632Jean Marie EmebeWin *TKO13
      47Feb 9, 198631Leslie StewartWin *TKO7
      46Dec 4, 198531Frank LuxWinKO4
      45Oct 11, 198531Raleigh SearcyWinTKO4
      44Apr 21, 198531Eddie 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, 198126Michael SpinksLossKO4
      31Jan 28, 198126Rick NashWinTKO3
      30Jan 15, 198126Eddie StraightWinTKO1
      29Sep 9, 198026Dave Lee RoysterWinKO4
      28Mar 31, 198025Eddie Mustafa MuhammadLoss *TKO11
      27Nov 30, 197925Víctor GalíndezWin *KO11
      26Sep 20, 197925Carlos MarksWinUD
      25Apr 22, 197925Matthew Saad MuhammadLoss *TKO8
      24Dec 2, 197824Mate ParlovWin *TKO10
      23Sep 15, 197824Jerry CelestineWinUD
      22Jun 17, 197824Lottie MwaleLossPTS
      21May 24, 197824John BaldwinWinUD
      20Apr 3, 197823Eddie DavisWinTKO7
      19Jan 25, 197823Roberto ReynosaWinKO1
      18Nov 1, 197723Billy DouglasWinTKO5
      17Sep 28, 197723Johnny FieldsWinKO1
      16Jul 26, 197723Matthew 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

      * World-title fight

      Boxing career

      Marvin Johnson (Pops) is a 70-year old retired American professional boxer. He was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA on April 12, 1954. He is a former light-heavyweight world champion. His 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.

      He 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 the "Championships" section below.

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

      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 36 years and 11 months since this fight.


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

      Title Wins

      Marvin Johnson fought for light-heavyweight world titles in three fights and won all three of them via stoppage. In total, he won three light-heavyweight belts.

      DateOpponentDivisionTitles WonMethod
      Feb 9, 1986Leslie StewartLight-heavyweightWBA*TKO
      Nov 30, 1979Víctor GalíndezLight-heavyweightWBAKO
      Dec 2, 1978Mate ParlovLight-heavyweightWBCTKO
      * Vacant title

      Title Defenses

      Marvin Johnson had four light-heavyweight world-title defense fights. He won once and lost three times.

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

      DateOpponentDivisionTitles DefendedMethod
      Sep 20, 1986Jean Marie EmebeLight-heavyweightWBATKO

      Title Losses

      Marvin Johnson lost three world-title defense fights, and lost a total of three titles in these fights.

      DateOpponentDivisionTitles LostMethod
      May 23, 1987Leslie StewartLight-heavyweightWBARTD
      Mar 31, 1980Eddie Mustafa MuhammadLight-heavyweightWBATKO
      Apr 22, 1979Matthew Saad MuhammadLight-heavyweightWBCTKO


      Johnson fought a total of 49 times during his professional career, which includes 7 world-title fights at the light-heavyweight division. These three 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.

      • April 21, 1985: Marvin Johnson beats Eddie Davis via 5th round TKO.

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


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