Harold Johnson (Boxer)

Harold Johnson ( born August 9, 1928 in Philadelphia ) is a retired American boxer.


In 1946, the black counter- boxer from Philadelphia, who was regarded as a talented stylist, with his professional career. After 24 victories, including through the ex- challenger Joe Louis, Arturo Godoy, he was defeated in 1949 for the first time his nemesis, the light-heavyweight legend Archie Moore. He met throughout his career total of five times to Moore, however, was able to win only once. In October 1949, he beat Jimmy Bivins.

In 1950 he met Jersey Joe Walcott and lost by KO in the third round after he fell down in the ring, without being hit. It later turned out at a medical examination that he had suffered a disc injury.

1951 and 1952 were within four months three fights in a row against Moore held in September '51 Johnson lost, he won in December and in January '52 he was again defeated. The strong impact Moore was the bad borrower Johnson repeatedly intimidated and auspunkten.

He suggested later in 1952 the highly assessed Clarence Henry, but lost to the likewise known -hitting Bob Satterfield and had also in the fight to the ground. Against the Cuban heavyweight Nino Valdes, the Rocky Marciano shunned, he won every round. Even the former heavyweight champion Ezzard Charles, who defeated Moore three times, he was able to defeat in 1953.

In 1954 he received his first world championship fight, succumbed after fully balanced fight again Archie Moore by KO. Shortly before the end of the fight he had not yet had Moore himself on the ground.

He suggested Marty Marshall in 1954, beat the first man of Sonny Liston. In 1957, he defeated Satterfield again in a rematch.

In 1961 he got at the age of 32 years, his second title fight for the part of the NBA title against Willie Pastrano -slayer Jesse Bowdry after the NBA Moore no longer recognized. He won by KO. More importantly, however, his victory over the highly -assessed heavyweight Eddie was making little later.

In 1962, he was a significant point win over Doug Jones, the Muhammad Ali should hit later very controversial, widely recognized as a light heavyweight world champion.

His first title defense took place a month later place in the Olympic Stadium in Berlin against Bubi Scholz. Johnson won over fifteen rounds on points.

However, already in the next title defense, he lost scarce and disputed against Willie Pastrano. He boxed sporadically until 1968, without, however, still to complete another major fight. In 1971 he returned back again for a fight in the ring, ended after a knockout loss final of his career.

In 1993 Johnson induction into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.