"Battling" Jim Johnson

BORN September 2 1887; Danville, Virginia (Some sources report 1883)
DIED November 1 1918; Boston, Massachusetts (died from pneumonia)
HEIGHT 6-3
WEIGHT 220-240 lbs

Johnson was not a very good boxer but he was a big heavyweight - tall, heavy and strong; He was more of a sparring partner type; In 1913, Jim fought Jack Johnson for the Heavyweight Championship of the World

During his career, Godfrey defeated such men as Harry Wills, Arthur Pelkey, "Big" Bill Tate, Con O'Kelly, Ben Taylor, Tom Cowler, Gustave Marthuin, Fred Drummond, Joseph "Jewey" Smith, Denis Haugh, Black Bill (Claude Brooks) and Tom Overby

1908
Apr 14 -Johnson made his Professional debut at Memphis, Tn

1910
Jan  3 Battling Harris            Memphis, Tn                       W  8
Feb 14 Jeff Clark                 Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Feb 19 Tom Overby                 Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Mar  5 Tom Overby                 Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Mar 14 Charles Stevenson          Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Mar 29 Al Kubiak                  Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Apr 14 Tom Overby                 Allentown, Pa                     D 10
Apr 19 Tony Ross                  Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
May 14 Sam Langford               Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
May 23 Morris Harris              Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Jun  1 Tom Overby                 Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Aug  7 Sam McVea                  Neuilly, Fr                       D 15
          -Some sources report a Johnson-McVea bout 
           in Aug 1910 at Paris, Fr which was won 
           by McVea; Perhaps, this is that bout
Aug    Ben Taylor                 Paris, Fr                        KO   
Sep  1 Jim Maher                  Paris, Fr                        KO  2
          -Some sources report "KO 3"
Oct  9 Gustave Marthuin           Paris, Fr                         W 10
Nov 19 Sam McVea                  Paris, Fr                        LK 18
          -Some sources report "LK 21"

1911
Jan  7 Fred Drummond              London, Eng                      TK  4
Jan 23 Joseph "Jewey" Smith       London, Eng                      TK 11
Jan    "Young" Jack Johnson       London, Eng                      KO 11
          -Some sources report 1/23/11;
Feb 20 "Seaman" George Pascall    London, Eng                      KO  6
          -Some sources report "KO 8"
May 22 Alf Langford               Sheffield, Eng                   LT  4
Dec  1 Matthew "P.O." Curran      Plymouth, Eng                    LF  4
Dec 11 Denis Haugh                Plymouth, Eng                    KO  3
          -Some sources report "Dewsbury, Eng"

1912
Jan 29 Alf Langford               London, Eng                      KO  3
          -Some sources report "LF 3"
Mar 28 Tom Cowler                 London, Eng                       W 15
          -Some sources report 3/30/12
Apr  4 Fred Storbeck              Liverpool, Eng                    L 20
May 20 Chuck Carleton             Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Jul 29 Joe Jeannette              Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Sep 30 Bill Watkins               Philadelphia, Pa                 KO  2
Oct 30 Joe Jeannette              New York, NY                     ND 10
Nov 13 Black Bill (Claude Brooks) New York, NY                     KO  7
          -Some sources report 11/12/12 in "Brooklyn, NY"
Nov 26 Tom Overby                 Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Dec    "Big" Bill Tate            New York, NY                     KO  2

1913
Jan  1 Joe Jeannette              Brooklyn, NY                     ND 10
Jan 17 Tom Overby                 Allentown, Pa                    KO  6
          -Some sources report 1/16/13
Jan 21 Joe Jeannette              Providence, RI                   LF 15
          -Some sources report "Mariesville, RI";
           Some sources report "LF 12"
Apr  3 Con O'Kelly                Liverpool, Eng                   TK 11
Apr 28 Gustave Marthuin           London, Eng                      TK  8
          -Some sources report "TK 7"
May  3 Fred "Kid" Jackson         Marseille, Fr                    TK 10
May 26 Bob Scanlon                London, Eng                      TK  6
          -Some sources report "TK 5"
Dec 19 Jack Johnson               Paris, Fr                         D 10
          -Heavyweight Championship of the World;
          This bout was scheduled for 20 rounds but
          terminated after 10 rounds due to arm injury
          to the Champion

1914
Mar 27 Sam Langford               New York, NY                     ND 10
          -Some sources report "Boston, Ma"
May 19 Dan "Porky" Flynn          Boston, Ma                        L 12
Jul  1 Joe Jeannette              New York, NY                     ND 10
Jul 15 Joe Jeannette              New York, NY                     ND 10
Jul 19 Bob McAllister             Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Aug  4 Joe Jeannette              New York, NY                     ND 10
Aug 12 Sam Langford               New York, NY                     ND 10
          -Some sources report 8/14/14
Sep 15 Sam Langford               Boston, Ma                        D 12
Oct 30 Bob McAllister             New York, NY                     ND 10
Nov 10 Joe Jeannette              Boston, Ma                        D 12
Dec 10 Sam McVea                  New York, NY                     ND 10

1915
Jan 11 Fred "Kid" Jackson         New York, NY                     KO  4
          -Some sources report "LT 4"
Feb 20 Sam McVea                  Havana, Cu                        L 20
Mar 12 Harry Wills                New Orleans, La                   L 20
Apr  6 Sam Langford               New York, NY                     ND 10
Apr 30 Arthur Pelkey              Havana, Cu                       KO  7
May  3 "Battling" Joe Woods       Brooklyn, NY                     ND 10
May 10 Joe Jeannette              Montreal, Que, Can               ND 10
May 24 "Battling" Joe Woods       Brooklyn, NY                     KO  6
Jun  5 Jack Reed                  New York, NY                     ND 10
Jun  8 Sam Langford               Brooklyn, NY                     ND 10
Jun  9 Sam McVea                  Montreal, Que, Can               ND 10
Jun 11 "Sailor" Fred Fritts       Brooklyn, NY                     ND 10
Jul  1 Jack Hemple                Brooklyn, NY                     LT  4
Jul  5 Harry Wills                Gloversville, NY                 ND 10
          -Some sources report 7/05/16
Sep 21 Alfred "Soldier" Kearns    Brooklyn, NY                     ND 10
Oct  4 Andre Anderson             New York, NY                     LK  9
          -Some sources report 11/04/15;
          Some sources report "TK 9"
Oct 15 Jack Reed                  Brooklyn, NY                     LT  5
Oct 18 Sam Langford               Denver, Co                        L 15
Nov 25 Jack Thompson              Kansas City, Mo                   D 10

1916
Aug    Joe Bonds                  Boise, Id                         L 10
Sep 15 Lowe Simms                 Boise, Id                        KO  5
Dec 12 Sam Langford               St. Louis, Mo                    LK 12
          -Some sources report 12/13/16

1917
Jan  1 Sam Langford               Kansas City, Mo                   L 12
          -Some sources report "ND 12"
Feb  7 Harry Wills                St. Louis, Mo                    TK  2
          -Wills received a broken arm
Apr 23 Al Thomas                  Pittsfield, Ma                    L 12
Jun  1 Harry Wills                New York, NY                     ND 10
Jun 29 Tango Kid                  Brooklyn, NY                     LF  8
          -Some sources report "LF 6"
Aug 12 Sam McVea                  Panama City, Pan                  L 20
          -Some sources report "Colon, Pan"
Oct 14 Sam McVea                  Colon, Pan                        L 20

1918
Jun 19 Sam Langford               Atlanta, Ga                       L 10
Jul 16 Kid Norfolk                New York, NY                     EX  4
          -Some sources report "ND 4"
Aug  5 Sam Langford               Atlantic City, NJ                ND  8
          -Some sources report 8/15/18
Aug    Joe Jeannette              Newark, NJ                       ND  8
Aug 22 Sam Langford               St. Louis, Mo                     L  8
          -Some sources report "ND 8"
Oct 17 Joe Jeannette              Brooklyn, NY                     ND   


*** The Following Bouts Are Reported But Not Confirmed ***

1915
       Jack Johnson                                                LK  1
Nov  1 Jeff Clark                                                   D 15

Undated (1913-1918)
       Jack Thompson                                               LK   

1918
Apr 22 Sam Langford               St. Louis, Mo                    ND  8
          -Some historians contend this bout never was held


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