McHenry Johnson
(the "Minneapolis Star")

BORN   September 7 1859; Baltimore, Maryland ; Fought out of Baltimore, Boston and Denver
DIED    September 1889; Denver, Colorado
HEIGHT 6-0 (Some sources report 5-11)
WEIGHT 178-195 lbs
Johnson was a top fighter during the bare knuckle days and the early days of glove fighting; He met many of the top black fighters of the day and held his own, losing only a few
          -Johnson was reportedly unbeaten early in his career;
          Some sources report that he defeated 4 opponents 
          in bare-knuckle contests and 22 opponents in glove 
Oct    Barney McGuire's Unknown      New York, NY                    SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled and held; The outcome is not known
Oct    Gus Lambert                   New York, NY                     EX  3

Jan 10 Black Diamond (Harry Woodson) New York, NY                      W  3
Jan 29 Tom Hinch                                                       L  9
Feb 13 Black Diamond (Harry Woodson) New York, NY                     EX   
Apr 18 Charles Lange                 near Columbus, Oh                 D  4
          -Johnson downed Lange several times; Police intervened; 
           Some sources report "D 3"
May 10 George Godfrey                Boston, Ma                        D  6
          -Some sources report 05/10/1883; Police intervened;
           Reports vary - "NC 4" - "D 3" - "D 4"
Jun 24 Billy Wilson                  New York, NY                      D  3
          -Police Gazette Colored Heavyweight Championship;
          Members of both camps "broke" onto the stage when
          Johnson threw Wilson in the third round; Police 
          intervened and the bout was declared a draw;
          Some sources report 06/28/1884

       Al "Fish" Carter                                                W   

Jul  5 George Peters                 Detroit, Mi                       L 10
          -Johnson failed to knockout Peters
Sep 17 Black Hunter                  Milwaukee, Wi                    KO  1
Oct 17 Tom Hinch                     Milwaukee, Wi                     D 10
          -Some sources report 10/16/1886
Dec  2 Billy Wilson                  St. Paul, Mn                      D 10
Dec 18 Pat Killen                    St. Paul, Mn                     EX  5 

Feb    Billy Wilson                  St. Paul, Mn                    SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled; The outcome is not known
Mar    "Black Frank" Taylor          St. Paul, Mn                      D  8
May 19 Black Pearl (Harris Martin)   Minneapolis, Mn                   D 10

Jan 25 George Godfrey                Bloomfield, Co                   WF  4
          -Godfrey knocked Johnson down 3 times; The referee
          first ruled Johnson winner by an "WF 4" verdict;
          He later reversed the decision and Godfrey got 
          the winner's share of the purse; Godfrey was
          recognized as the "Colored Heavyweight Champion 
          of the World"; Some sources report "Denver, Co"
Aug  3 Black Pearl (Harris Martin)   Minneapolis, Mn                   D  8
          -Perhaps, this is the 05/19/1887 bout

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

Dec    Tom Hinch                                                       D 10

Jul    John Dyer                     Milwaukee, Wi                    LK  3
          -This bout was held during Jul-Aug 1886

May 10 Bob Harper                    Chicago, Il                      EX   
          -This bout could not have been fought by
          McHenry Johnson if his date of death is

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