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Marvin Johnson

BORN   April 12 1954; Indianapolis, Indiana
WEIGHT 172 3/4 - 177 lbs
MANAGER Arnold Weise
TRAINER Colin "Champ" Chaney

Johnson was a left-handed dynamite thrower who came to fight; He was an explosive puncher who could "light it up"; During his career, he won the WBA Light Heavyweight Championship of the World, the NABF Light Heavyweight Championship and the USBA Light Heavyweight Championship

He defeated such men as Victor Galindez, Mate Parlov, Eddie Davis, Leslie Stewart, "Prince" Charles Williams, Jean-Marie Emebe, Billy "Dynamite" Douglas and Johnny Baldwin


Mar    -Johnson won the National Golden Gloves Light Heavyweight Championship
          in Fort Worth, Texas

          -Johnson won the National AAU Light Heavyweight Championship
Mar    -Johnson won the National Golden Gloves Middleweight Championship
          in Minneapolis, Minnesota

       Ewald Jarmer             Munich, West Germany                W  3
       Alejandro Montoya        Munich, West Germany                W  3
       Vyacheslav Lemechev      Munich, West Germany               LT  2
          -The previous 3 bouts were part of the Olympic Games 
          Middleweight Competition; Johnson won the Bronze Medal


May 22 Sylvester Wilder         Indianapolis, In                   KO  2
          -Some sources report 5/23/73
Sep 17 Al Byrd                  Fort Wayne, In                     KO  1
Oct 30 Chuck Warfield           Fort Wayne, In                     TK  5

Jul 17 Ted Paxton               Chicago, Il                        KO  2
Nov 12 Johnny Words             Indianapolis, In                   KO  6
Dec 11 Jim Adams                Indianapolis, In                   KO  1

Jan 29 Gary Summerhayes         Indianapolis, In                    W 10
Apr 17 Paul Cardoza             Indianapolis, In                   KO  4
Nov 13 Eddie Owens              Indianapolis, In                   KO  3

Apr  3 Ray Anderson             Indianapolis, In                   KO  6
Apr 15 Harold Carter            Indianapolis, In                   KO  2
Sep 14 Wayne McGee              Philadelphia, Pa                   KO  1
Nov 30 Vandell Woods            Philadelphia, Pa                    W 10

Feb 21 Johnny Townsend          Philadelphia, Pa                    W 10
Apr 22 Tom Bethea               Indianapolis, In                   KO  4
Jul 26 Matthew Franklin         Philadelphia, Pa                   LT 12
           -NABF Light Heavyweight Championship;
           This man was "Matthew Saad Muhammad"
Sep 28 Johnny Fields            Cleveland, Oh                      KO  1
          -Some sources report 9/29/77
Nov  1 Billy "Dynamite" Douglas Philadelphia, Pa                   KO  5

Jan 25 Roberto Reynosa          Indianapolis, In                   KO  1
Apr  3 Eddie Davis              Indianapolis, In                   KO  7
May 24 Johnny Baldwin           Philadelphia, Pa                    W 10
Jun 17 Lottie Mwale             Belgrade, Yugoslavia                L  8
Sep 15 Jerry Celestine          New Orleans, La                     W 10
Dec  2 Mate Parlov              Marsala, Italy                     TK 10
        -WBA Light Heavyweight Championship of the World      

Apr 22 Matthew Franklin         Indianapolis, In                   LT  8
        -WBC Light Heavyweight Championship of the World;
          This man was "Matthew Saad Muhammad"
Sep 20 Carlos Marks             Indianapolis, In                    W 10
Nov 30 Victor Galindez          New Orleans, La                    TK 11
        -WBA Light Heavyweight Championship of the World        

Mar 31 Eddie Gregory            Knoxville, Tn                      LT 11
        -WBA Light Heavyweight Championship of the World;
          This man was "Eddie Mustafa Muhammad"
Sep  9 Lee Royster              Atlantic City, NJ                  KO  4

Jan 15 Eddie Straight           Indianapolis, In                   TK  1
       -Some sources report 1/16/81
Jan 28 Rick Nash                Indianapolis, In                   KO  3
Mar 28 Michael Spinks           Atlantic City, NJ                  LK  4

Apr  6 Darnell Hayes            Danville, Il                       TK  2
Oct 14 Alvino Manson            Indianapolis, In                   TK  1

Feb 25 Ernie Barr               Nassau, Bahamas                    KO  8
Nov 21 Mike Brothers            Chicago, Il                        TK 10

Jan 18 Elvis Parks              Indianapolis, In                   TK  4
Mar 26 Eddie Gonzalez           Atlantic City, NJ                  KO  4
Jun 14 Jerome Clouden           Atlantic City, NJ                  TK  5
Aug 30 John Davis               Atlantic City, NJ                   W 10
Nov  8 "Prince" Charles Williams Indianapolis, In                   W 10
Dec 13 Eddie Collins            Atlantic City, NJ                  TK  2

Jan 17 Charles Henderson        Merrillville, In                   TK  2
Apr 21 Eddie Davis              Atlantic City, NJ                  TK  5
           -USBA Light Heavyweight Championship      
Oct 11 Raleigh Searcey          Terre Haute, In                    KO  4
Dec  4 Frank Lux                Indianapolis, In                   KO  4

Feb  9 Leslie Stewart           Indianapolis, In                   TK  7   
           -WBA Light Heavyweight Championship of the World      
Sep 20 Jean Marie Emebe         Indianapolis, In                   TK 13
           -WBA Light Heavyweight Championship of the World      

May 23 Leslie Stewart           Port of Spain, Trinidad            LT  9
           -WBA Light Heavyweight Championship of the World         

*** Assistance Provided By Seth Callis ***

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



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