Jack Johnson
(John Arthur Johnson)
(the "Galveston Giant")

BORN     March 31 1878; Galveston, Texas
DIED     June 10 1946; Raleigh, North Carolina
HEIGHT   6-0 1/4
WEIGHT   185-221 lbs
MANAGERS  Morris Hart, Johnny Connors, Alec McLean, Sam Fitzpatrick, Abe Arends, George Little, Tom Flanagan, Sig Hart

Johnson is rated as possibly the best heavyweight who ever fought; He was a master on defense and almost flawless in all other aspects of pugilism; He was fast, possessed an outstanding jab and uppercut, and was practically impossible to hit cleanly

Nat Fleischer ranked Johnson as the #1 All-Time Heavyweight; Charley Rose ranked him as the #2 All-Time Heavyweight; Herb Goldman ranked him the #4 All-Time Heavyweight; Johnson was inducted into the Ring Boxing Hall of Fame in 1954 and the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990


1894
       John Lee                    Galveston, Tx                     W 16
          -Some sources report "KO 15"
Undated (circa 1894-95)
       Dave Pierson                Galveston, Tx                     W   

1895
Apr 11 "Utah" Bob Thompson         Galveston, Tx                     L  4
          -Some sources report 1899
 
1896
       Cherokee                    Kansas City, Ks                  KO   
       Howard Pollar               Galveston, Tx                     W   
 
1897
       Jim Rocks                   Galveston, Tx                    KO  4
       Sam Smith                   Galveston, Tx                     W 10
 
1898
       Reddy Bremer                Galveston, Tx                    KO  3
       Jim Cole                    Galveston, Tx                     W  4
       Henry Smith                 Galveston, Tx                     D 15
 
1899
Feb 11 Jim McCormick               Galveston, Tx                     D  7
Mar 17 Jim McCormick               Galveston, Tx                    WF  7
May  6 Klondike (John Haines)      Chicago, Il                      LT  5
          -Reports vary - 5/05/99 - 5/08/99;
           Some sources report "LT 6"
Dec 16 Pat Smith                   Galveston, Tx                     D 12
 
1900
Mar  7 John Lee                    Galveston, Tx                     W 15
Mar 20 Willie McNeal               Galveston, Tx                    KO 15
Apr  6 Bob White                   Galveston, Tx                     W 15
Apr 12 Charley Brooks              Galveston, Tx                    KO  2
May  1 Jim Scanlan                 Galveston, Tx                    KO  7
May  6 Jim McCormick               Galveston, Tx                    KO  2
May 28 Jim McCormick               Galveston, Tx                    KO  7
Jun 12 Horace Miles                Galveston, Tx                    KO  3
Jun 25 Klondike (John Haines)      Galveston, Tx                     D 20
          -Some sources report 6/28/00
Oct    George Lawler               Galveston, Tx                    KO 10
Nov    Josh Mills                  Memphis, Tn                       W 12
Dec 27 Klondike (John Haines)      Memphis, Tn                      TK 14
          -Some sources report 12/28/00
 
1901
Feb 25 Joe Choynski                Galveston, Tx                    LK  3
          -Both fighters were arrested after the fight
Mar 22 –Johnson and Choynski were released from jail 
           after each posted a $1,000 bond
Apr 26 Billy Stift                 Denver, Co                        D 10
Nov  4 Hank Griffin                Bakersfield, Ca                   L 20
Dec 27 Hank Griffin                Oakland, Ca                       D 15
 
1902
Feb  7 Dan Murphy                  Waterbury, Ct                    KO 10
Feb 22 Ed Johnson                  Galveston, Tx                    KO  4
Mar  7 Joe Kennedy                 Oakland, Ca                      KO  4
Apr  6 Bob White                   in California                     W 15
May 16 Jack Jeffries               Los Angeles, Ca                  KO  5
May 26 Klondike (John Haines)      Memphis, Tn                      KO 13
Jun  4 Billy Stift                 Chicago, Il                       D 10
Jun 20 Hank Griffin                Los Angeles, Ca                   D 20
Jul  6 Hank Griffin                in California                     D 20
Sep  3 “Mexican” Pete Everett      Victor, Co                        W 20
Oct 21 Frank Childs                Los Angeles, Ca                  TK 12
Oct 31 George Gardner              San Francisco, Ca                 W 20
Dec  4 Fred Russell                Los Angeles, Ca                  WF  8
 
1903
Feb  3 "Denver" Ed Martin          Los Angeles, Ca                   W 20
          -Colored Heavyweight Championship of the World
Feb 27 Sam McVea                   Los Angeles, Ca                   W 20
          -Colored Heavyweight Championship of the World
Apr 16 John "Sandy" Ferguson       Boston, Ma                        W 10
May 11 Joe Butler                  Philadelphia, Pa                 KO  3
Jul 31 John "Sandy" Ferguson       Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Oct 27 Sam McVea                   Los Angeles, Ca                   W 20
          -Colored Heavyweight Championship of the World
Dec 11 John "Sandy" Ferguson       Colma, Ca                         W 20
 
1904
Feb  6 John "Sandy" Ferguson       Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Feb 16 Black Bill (Claude Brooks)  Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Apr 22 Sam McVea                   San Francisco, Ca                KO 20
Jun  2 Frank Childs                Chicago, Il                       W  6
Oct 18 "Denver" Ed Martin          Los Angeles, Ca                  KO  2
 
1905
Mar 28 Marvin Hart                 San Francisco, Ca                 L 20
Apr 25 Jim Jeffords                Philadelphia, Pa                 KO  4
May  3 Black Bill (Claude Brooks)  Philadelphia, Pa                 KO  4
May  9 Joe Jeannette               Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  3
May  9 Walter Johnson              Philadelphia, Pa                 KO  3
May 19 Joe Jeannette               Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Jun 26 Jack Munroe                 Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6 
Jul 13 Morris Harris               Philadelphia, Pa                 KO  3
          -Some sources report "KO 1"
Jul 13 Black Bill (Claude Brooks)  Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Jul 18 John "Sandy" Ferguson       Chelsea, Ma                      WF  7
Jul 24 Joe Grim                    Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Nov 25 Joe Jeannette               Philadelphia, Pa                 LF  2
Dec  1 "Young" Peter Jackson       Baltimore, Md                     D 12
          -This bout was a "Pre-Arranged Draw";
           Some sources report "W 12"
Dec  2 Joe Jeannette               Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
 
1906
Jan 16 Joe Jeannette               New York, NY                     ND  3
Jan 26 Bob Kerns                   Topeka, Ks                       KO  1
Feb  8 Jim McCormick               Topeka, Ks                        D 10
Mar 14 Joe Jeannette               Baltimore, Md                     W 15
Apr 19 Black Bill (Claude Brooks)  Wilkes-Barre, Pa                 KO  6
Apr 26 Sam Langford                Chelsea, Ma                       W 15
          -Johnson knocked Langford down twice
Jun 18 Charles Haghey              Gloucester, Pa                   KO  2
Sep  3 Billy Dunning               Millinocket, Me                   D 10
Sep 20 Joe Jeannette               Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Nov  8 Jim Jeffords                Lancaster, Pa                    ND  6
Nov 26 Joe Jeannette               Portland, Me                      D 10
Dec  9 Joe Jeannette               New York, NY                      W  3
 
1907
Jan 28 Peter Kling                 Sydney, NSW, Aus                 EX  3
Jan 29 Peter Kling                 Sydney, NSW, Aus                 EX  3
Jan 30 Peter Kling                 Sydney, NSW, Aus                 EX  3
Jan 31 Peter Kling                 Sydney, NSW, Aus                 EX  3
Feb  1 Peter Kling                 Sydney, NSW, Aus                 EX  3
Feb  4 Larry Foley                 Sydney, NSW, Aus                 EX  3
Feb  5 Mick Dunn                   Sydney, NSW, Aus                 EX  3
Feb  6 Bill Thompson               Sydney, NSW, Aus                 EX  3
Feb  7 Jack Thompson               Sydney, NSW, Aus                 EX  3
Feb  8 Jack Thompson               Sydney, NSW, Aus                 EX  3
Feb  9 Jack Thompson               Sydney, NSW, Aus                 EX  3
Feb 19 Peter Felix                 Sydney, NSW, Aus                 KO  1
          -Colored Heavyweight Championship of the World;
            Some sources report 12/19/06 
Feb 28 Starlight (Edward Rollins)  Melbourne, Vic, Aus              EX  4
Feb 28 Syd Russell                 Melbourne, Vic, Aus              EX  4
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
Mar  1 Syd Russell                 Melbourne, Vic, Aus              EX  3
Mar  2 Dick Kernick                Melbourne, Vic, Aus              EX  3
Mar  4 Bill Lang                   Melbourne, Vic, Aus              KO  9
Jul 17 Bob Fitzsimmons             Philadelphia, Pa                 KO  2
Aug 28 Kid Cutler                  Reading, Pa                      KO  1
Sep 12 Sailor Burke                Bridgeport, Ct                   ND  6
Nov  2 "Fireman" Jim Flynn         Colma, Ca                        KO 11
          -Some sources report "San Francisco, Ca"
 
1908
Jan  3 Joe Jeannette               New York, NY                      D  3
May 28 Fred Drummond               London, England                  EX  3
May 28 Fred Drummond               London, England                  EX  3
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
May 30 Fred Drummond               London, England                  EX  3
May 30 Fred Drummond               London, England                  EX  3
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
Jun  1 Fred Drummond               Neuilly, France                  EX  3
Jun  2 Fred Drummond               Neuilly, France                  EX  3
Jun  3 Fred Drummond               Neuilly, France                  EX  3
Jun  4 Fred Drummond               Neuilly, France                  EX  3
Jun  5 Fred Drummond               Neuilly, France                  EX  3
Jun  6 Fred Drummond               Neuilly, France                  EX  3
Jun 11 Al McNamara                 Plymouth, England                EX  4
Jun 18 Fred Drummond               London, England                  EX  3
Jun 22 Fred Drummond               London, England                  EX  3
Jun 22 Fred Drummond               London, England                  EX  3
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
Jun 23 Fred Drummond               London, England                  EX  3
Jun 23 Fred Drummond               London, England                  EX  3
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
Jun 24 Fred Drummond               London, England                  EX  3
Jun 24 Fred Drummond               London, England                  EX  3
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
Jun 25 Fred Drummond               London, England                  EX  3
Jun 25 Fred Drummond               London, England                  EX  3
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
Jun 26 Fred Drummond               London, England                  EX  3
Jun 26 Fred Drummond               London, England                  EX  3
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
Jun 27 Fred Drummond               London, England                  EX  3
Jun 27 Fred Drummond               London, England                  EX  3
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
Jun 29 Fred Drummond               London, England                  EX  3
Jun 30 Fred Drummond               London, England                  EX  3
Jul  1 Fred Drummond               London, England                  EX  3
Jul  2 Fred Drummond               London, England                  EX  3
Jul  3 Fred Drummond               London, England                  EX  3
Jul  4 Fred Drummond               London, England                  EX  3
Jul  9 Fred Drummond               Birmingham, England              EX  3
Jul 31 Ben Taylor                  Plymouth, England                KO  8
Dec 22 Larry Foley                 Sydney, NSW, Aus                 EX  4
Dec 26 Tommy Burns                 Sydney, NSW, Aus                  W 14
          -Heavyweight Championship of the World;
            Police intervened; As per prior 
            agreement, a decision was awarded
            by the referee

1909
Mar 10 Victor McLaglen             Vancouver, BC, Can               EX  6
          -Early sources report this bout as a Heavyweight 
           Championship of the World contest
Apr    Frank Moran                 Pittsburgh, Pa                   EX  4
       A.J.D. Biddle               Merchantville, NJ                EX   
May 19 "Philadelphia" Jack O'Brien Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
          -Heavyweight Championship of the World
Jun 15 George Byers                Boston, Ma                       EX  3
Jun 30 Tony Ross                   Pittsburgh, Pa                   ND  6
          -Heavyweight Championship of the World
Aug 12 Kid Cutler                  Brooklyn, NY                     EX   
Sep  9 Al Kaufmann                 San Francisco, Ca                ND 10
          -Heavyweight Championship of the World
Oct 11 Ed "Gunboat" Smith          San Francisco, Ca                EX  4
Oct 16 Stanley Ketchel             Colma, Ca                        KO 12
          -Heavyweight Championship of the World
Dec  1 Kid Cutler                  New York, NY                    SCH   
Dec  1 Jack Hynan                  New York, NY                    SCH   
          -The previous 2 bouts were scheduled;
           The outcomes are not known
1910
Apr 28 an unnamed opponent         Los Angeles, Ca                  EX   
Apr 28 an unnamed opponent         Los Angeles, Ca                  EX   
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
May    George "Kid" Cotton         Reno, Nv                         EX   
Jul    Al Kaufmann                 Reno, Nv                         EX   
Jul  3 George "Kid" Cotton         San Francisco, Ca                EX   
Jul  4 Jim Jeffries                Port Richmond, Ca               SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but not held;
           The Governor would not allow this bout
           to be held in California
Jul  4 Jim Jeffries                Reno, Nv                         KO 15
          -Heavyweight Championship of the World
Oct    -Johnson raced automobiles at Coney Island, NY
           Against Barney Oldfield and lost two races
 
1911
Jan     -Johnson married Etta Duryea
Sep 11  -Etta Duryea committed suicide
Oct  2 "Bombardier" Billy Wells    London, England                 SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but not held
Oct  9 Fred Drummond               Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England     EX  3
Oct 10 Fred Drummond               Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England     EX  3
Oct 11 Fred Drummond               Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England     EX  3
Oct 12 Fred Drummond               Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England     EX  3
Oct 13 Fred Drummond               Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England     EX  3
Oct 14 Fred Drummond               Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England     EX  3
Oct 23 Fred Drummond               Leeds, England                   EX  3

1912
Mar  8 Frank Hoe                   Indianapolis, In                 EX  4
Jun 21  –Johnson was indicted for smuggling a diamond 
          necklace into the United States
Jul  4 "Fireman" Jim Flynn         Las Vegas, NM                    WF  9
          -Heavyweight Championship of the World;
            Police intervened; 
            Some sources report "TK 9"
Jul 11  –Johnson opened the Cafe de Champion in Chicago, Il
Oct 12  –Johnson was arrested for violating the White Slave
          Traffic Act
Dec  4  –Johnson married Lucille Cameron
 
1913
May 14  –Johnson was convicted in Chicago, Il of violating 
          the White Slave Traffic Act 
Jun  4  –Johnson was sentenced to a term of imprisonment of 
          one year and one day plus a fine of $1,000
June    -Johnson fled the United States while free with an
          Appeal pending
Oct     -The French Federation of Boxing Clubs stripped 
          Johnson of the Heavyweight Championship but the 
          IBU refused to do so
       Urbach                      Paris, Fr                        EX   
          -This was a wrestling match; Johnson won;
           Falls: 2-0
Nov 28 Jimmy Esson                 Paris, Fr                        EX   
          -This was a wrestling match; Johnson lost;
           Falls: 2-0
Nov 28 Andre Sproul                Paris, Fr                        EX  2
          -This was a match between a boxer (Johnson) and a
           wrestler (Sproul); Johndon knocked Sproul out;
           The contest turned into a riot
Dec 19 "Battling" Jim Johnson      Paris, Fr                         D 10
          -Heavyweight Championship of the World;
           Johnson sustained an arm injury
        
1914
Mar 10 an unnamed opponent         Gothenburg, Swe                  EX   
          -This was a wrestling match;
           Some sources call this man “G.H.”, a law student
Mar 10 Taumisto                    Gothenburg, Swe                  EX   
          -This was a wrestling match
Jun 27 Frank Moran                 Paris, Fr                         W 20
          -Heavyweight Championship of the World
Dec 15 Jack Murray                 Buenos Aires, Arg                EX  3
          -Johnson knocked Murray out
 
1915
Jan 10 Segundo Guiralechea         Buenos Aires, Arg                EX  1
          -Johnson knocked Guiralecha out
Jan 10 Enrique Wilkinson           Buenos Aires, Arg                EX  1
          -Johnson knocked Wilkinson out
Jan 10 Jack Murray                 Buenos Aires, Arg                EX  1
          -Johnson knocked Murray out
Apr    Mills                       Havana, Cu                       EX   
Apr    Scott                       Havana, Cu                       EX   
Apr    Bell                        Havana, Cu                       EX   
Apr  3 Sam McVea                   Havana, Cu                       EX  6
Apr  5 Jess Willard                Havana, Cu                       LK 26
          -Heavyweight Championship of the World
 
1916
Mar 10 Frank Crozier               Madrid, Sp                        W 10
Jul 10 Arthur Cravan               Barcelona, Sp                    KO  6
 
1918
Apr  3 Blink McCloskey             Madrid, Sp                        W  4
 
1919
Feb 12 Bill Flint                  Madrid, Sp                       KO  2
Apr  7 Tom Cowler                  Mexico City, Mx                   D 10
Jun  2 Tom Cowler                  Mexico City, Mx                  KO 12
Jul  4 Paul Sampson                Mexico City, Mx                  KO  6
Aug 10 Marty Cutler                Mexico City, Mx                  KO  4
Sep 28 "Captain" Bob Roper         Mexico City, Mx                   W 10
 
*** Dates and results of the bouts in Mexico are still being searched ***
 
1920
Apr 18 Bob Wilson                  Mexicali, Mx                     KO  3
Apr 21 Ray Neal                    Tijuana, Mx                      EX  4
May 17 George Roberts              Tijuana, Mx                      KO  3
Jul  4 Al Norton                   Tijuana, Mx                     SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but cancelled;
          Local residents protested
Jul 20  -Johnson crossed the border into the United States 
          from Mexico and surrendered to Federal agents; He 
          was sent to Leavenworth prison
Nov 25 Frank Owens                 Leavenworth, Ks                  KO  6
Nov 25 "Topeka" Jack Johnson       Leavenworth, Ks                   W  5
Nov 30 George Owens                Leavenworth, Ks                  KO  6
 
1921
Apr 15 Jack Townsend               Leavenworth, Ks                  KO  6
May 28 John Allen                  Leavenworth, Ks                  EX  2
May 28 Joe Boykin                  Leavenworth, Ks                  KO  5
Jul  9  -Johnson was released from Leavenworth Prison
Sep  2 Charles "Kid" Crutchfield   Pittsburgh, Pa                   EX  3

1922
       Floyd Johnson                                                EX   
Sep  4 George Godfrey              Chicago, Il                      EX  3
Sep  5 George Godfrey              Chicago, Il                      EX  3
Sep  6 George Godfrey              Chicago, Il                      EX  3

1923
May  6 Walter “Farmer” Lodge       Havana, Cu                       KO  4
May 20 Jack Thompson               Havana, Cu                       ND 15
Sep    Battling Siki               Montreal, Que, Can               EX  6
Sep    Silas Green                 Montreal, Que, Can               EX  2
Oct  1 Battling Siki               Quebec, Que, Can                 EX  6
Oct    Battling Siki               Sherbrooke, Que, Can             EX   
          -This bout was held during Sep-Oct 1923
Oct    Jack Ward                   in New England                   EX  4
          -This bout was held during Sep-Oct 1923
 
1924
Feb 22 Homer Smith                 Montreal, Que, Can                W 10
Aug    James "Tut" Jackson         Hammond, In                     SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but not held;
           The Governor of Indiana (Branch) prevented 
           the bout from being held
Sep    Brad Simmons                Drumright, Ok                   SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
 
          -Johnson divorced Lucille Cameron during 1924
 
1925
Feb  3 Eddie Marshall              Cedar Rapids, Ia                 EX  3
Feb  3 Marty Cutler                Cedar Repids, Ia                 EX  3
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
Mar    Emil "Red" Erspamer         Hurley, Wi                       EX  4
Aug     -Johnson married Irene Pineau
 
1926
May  2 Pat Lester                  Nogales, Mx                       W 15
May 30 Bob Lawson                  Juarez, Mx                       LT  8
Jun    Battling Norfolk                                              L 10
Sep  6 Brad Simmons                Ponca City, Ok                    L 10
 
1927
       "Big" Bill Hartwell                                          EX  4
 
1928
Apr 16 Ed "Bearcat" Wright         Topeka, Ks                       LK  5
May 15 "Big" Bill Hartwell         Kansas City, Ks                  LT  7
       Isaac "Ike" McFowler                                         EX  6
 
1930
       "Philadelphia" Jack O'Brien                                  EX  3
 
1931
Mar  4 Brad Simmons                Tulsa, Ok                         L 10
Apr 28 Brad Simmons                Wichita, Ks                      KO  2
Apr 30  -Johnson and Simmons were barred from boxing in Topeka, Ks
       Chief White Horse                                            EX  3
       Brad Simmons                Tulsa, Ok                        EX  3
Jun 11 Dynamite Jackson            Los Angeles, Ca                  EX  3
Jul  8 Bob Frazier                 Seattle, Wa                      EX  4
Jul 16 Dee Richmond                Dishman, Id                      EX  3
Jul 18 Floyd Johnson               Seattle, Wa                      EX  4 
 
1932
Nov 29 Dick Anderson               Chicago, Il                      KO  3
 
1933
Jan 20 Maurice Griselle            Paris, Fr                        EX  1
Jan 20 Ernst Guehring              Paris, Fr                        EX  1
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
 
1938
Sep  1 Walter Price                Boston, Ma                       LT  7
 
1944
       Wilbur DeCora               Ida Grove, Ia                    EX  2
       an unnamed opponent         Spencer City, Ia                 EX  2
       Henry Neumann               Sioux City, Ia                   EX  2
 
1945
Nov 27 Joe Jeannette               New York, NY                     EX  3
Nov 27 John Ballcort               New York, NY                     EX  3
          -The previous 2 bouts were held the same date
           As part of a World War II Bond Rally; 
           One minute rounds were fought
 
*** The Following Bouts Are Reported But Not Confirmed ***
 
1898
       Hank Griffin                Bakersfield, Ca                  KO 65
1904
       Larry Temple                Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  4
          -Temple lasted; This bout may have been an
           exhibition; Reportedly, Johnson contracted
           to knock Temple out in four rounds

1906
       C.A.C. Smith                Minneapolis, Mn                   W   

1908-1910
       Ed "Gunboat" Smith          Oakland, Ca                      EX   
 
1910
       Frank Moran                 Pittsburgh, Pa                   EX  4

1914
       Philip Piersenn             Blyth, England                   EX  5

1915
       Battling Jim Johnson                                         KO  1

1916
Mar 25 Arthur Gruhan               Madrid, Sp                        W 10

1920
       Harry Cook                                                   EX  3
 
1924-1925
       Chuck Wiggins               Indianapolis, In                 EX  3
          -Some sources report 1919-1920


*** Assistance Was Provided By Sergei Yurchenko ***

*** Some Data Was Provided By Alister Scott Ottesen ***

*** Some Data Was Provided By David Erspamer ***

*** Drummond Data Was Provided By Harold Alderman and Miles Templeton ***
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       Max Baer                                                      L 15


Review courtesy of Tracy Callis, Historian, International Boxing Research Organization
 
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