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Kevin Blue Johnson (born September 7, 1979) is an American professional boxer who has challenged once for the WBC heavyweight title in 2009.

Kevin Johnson
Statistics
Real nameKevin Blue Johnson
Nickname(s)Kingpin
Weight(s)Heavyweight
Height6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Reach82 in (208 cm)
NationalityAmerican
Born (1979-09-07) September 7, 1979 (age 39)
Asbury Park, New Jersey, U.S.
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights48
Wins34
Wins by KO18
Losses13
Draws1

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Amateur careerEdit

Johnson started boxing at the age of 18. He was an unheralded amateur with only a 14-2 record but won the New Jersey Golden Gloves.

Professional careerEdit

He turned pro in 2002. After only three fights the lanky counterpuncher was thrown in with an undefeated Olympian in Timor Ibragimov, who already had 13 victories. To the great surprise of the audience, Johnson held Ibragimov to a draw. Three fights later in 2004 he handily beat well-known clubfighter Robert Wiggins, who was 19-3-1 at the time. After being somewhat inactive in 2005 he had another good win over a clubfighter in Robert Hawkins 2006 against whom he won a shutout decision. He was widely regarded as America's best heavyweight prospect largely to his dominant jab.[citation needed]

On April 18, 2008, at the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Oklahoma, Johnson defeated Terry Smith by unanimous decision. Johnson used his long jab and hand speed to maneuver his way around the aggression of Smith. Johnson scored the biggest win of his career with a TKO victory over a badly faded Bruce Seldon in September 2008 in Atlantic City. Johnson defeated Devin Vargas on May 15, 2009. Johnson was declared winner by technical knockout after Vargas's corner threw in the towel early in the sixth round. With the win, Johnson earned a shot at the world title.[1]

On 12 December 2009 Johnson took on Vitali Klitschko for the WBC Heavyweight title in Bern, Switzerland. Klitschko was never troubled by Johnson in front of an 18,000-strong crowd. The previously unbeaten Johnson was unable to land his trademark jab on the 6 ft 7in Vitali, and went on to lose every round of the contest to the Ukrainian. Johnson injured his shoulder 2 weeks prior to the fight.

After the loss to Klitschko, Johnson racked up victories against Charles Davis and Julius Long before signing up for in Eddie Hearn's Prizefighter tournament in the UK. Johnson would lose in the final against Tor Hamer. Johnson would settle in a gatekeeper role after the tournament, dropping decisions to Tyson Fury, Christian Hammer, Manuel Charr, and Dereck Chisora, but beating Solomon Haumono.

On Saturday May 30th 2015, Johnson lost by TKO to Anthony Joshua in the 2nd round. Johnson had been knocked down twice in the 1st. This was Johnson's first stoppage loss.

Johnson announced his retirement from boxing after the loss to Joshua.[2]

He returned in 2017 with a points win over journeyman Jamal Woods and later challenged Kubrat Pulev for the WBA Inter-Continental title. Despite being outboxed from the start, he managed to take Pulev 12 rounds. Johnson lost a unanimous decision 120–108, 120–108, and 119–109. On October 14, 2017, Johnson beat Francesco Pianeta via TKO in round 7.

Professional boxing recordEdit

Professional record summary
48 fights 34 wins 13 losses
By knockout 18 2
By decision 16 11
Draws 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
48 Loss 34–13–1 Nathan Gorman PTS 10 Mar 23, 2019 Leicester Arena, Leicester, England
47 Win 34–12–1 Haris Radmilovic TKO 3 (8), 1:12 Dec 22, 2018 Challenge Club Arena, Offenbach, Germany
46 Loss 33–12–1 Filip Hrgovic UD 8 Dec 8, 2018 Dražen Petrović Basketball Hall, Zagreb, Croatia
45 Win 33–11–1 Haris Radmilovic TKO 3 (8), 2:17 Dec 1, 2018 Glaspalast, Dessau, Germany
44 Loss 32–11–1 Daniel Dubois PTS 10 Oct 6, 2018 Leicester Arena, Leicester, England
43 Loss 32–10–1 Andy Ruiz Jr. UD 10 Jul 7, 2018 Save Mart Center, Fresno, California, U.S.
42 Loss 32–9–1 Petar Milas TKO 8 (10), 0:45 Mar 10, 2018 Maritim Berghotel, Braunlage, Germany Lost IBO International heavyweight title
41 Win 32–8–1 Francesco Pianeta TKO 7 (10), 2:48 Oct 14, 2017 Ballhausforum, Unterschleißheim, Germany Won IBO International heavyweight title
40 Win 31–8–1 Engin Solmaz RTD 2 (6), 3:00 Aug 26, 2017 Fitness Club Aiko Steffen, Halberstadt, Germany
39 Loss 30–8–1 Kubrat Pulev UD 12 Apr 28, 2017 Arena Armeec, Sofia, Bulgaria For WBA Inter-Continental heavyweight title
38 Win 30–7–1 Terrell Jamal Woods UD 6 Mar 11, 2017 Metroplex, Little Rock, Arkansas, U.S.
37 Loss 29–7–1 Anthony Joshua TKO 2 (10), 1:22 May 30, 2015 The O2 Arena, London, England For WBC International heavyweight title
36 Loss 29–6–1 Manuel Charr UD 10 Apr 12, 2014 Telekom Dome, Bonn, Germany
35 Loss 29–5–1 Dereck Chisora UD 12 Feb 16, 2014 Copper Box Arena, London, England For WBA International and WBO International heavyweight titles
34 Loss 29–4–1 Christian Hammer UD 10 Dec 20, 2013 Messehallen, Hamburg, Germany
33 Win 29–3–1 Solomon Haumono KO 10 (12), 2:53 Apr 28, 2013 Convention and Exhibition Centre, Melbourne, Australia
32 Loss 28–3–1 Tyson Fury UD 12 Dec 1, 2012 Odyssey Arena, Belfast, Northern Ireland
31 Loss 28–2–1 Tor Hamer UD 3 Jun 20, 2012 York Hall, London, England Prizefighter 25: heavyweight final
30 Win 28–1–1 Albert Sosnowski SD 3 Jun 20, 2012 York Hall, London, England Prizefighter 25: heavyweight semi-final
29 Win 27–1–1 Noureddine Meddoun TKO 1 (3), 2:57 Jun 20, 2012 York Hall, London, England Prizefighter 25: heavyweight quarter-final
28 Win 26–1–1 Alex Leapai TKO 9 (12), 2:22 Apr 1, 2012 Doomben Racecourse, Brisbane, Australia Won IBF Australasian heavyweight title
27 Win 25–1–1 Harold Sconiers TKO 1 (6), 2:18 Jun 25, 2011 Elder Entertainment Center, Decatur, Georgia, U.S.
26 Win 24–1–1 Julius Long UD 8 Jan 22, 2011 The Greenbrier, White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, U.S.
25 Win 23–1–1 Charles Davis KO 4 (8), 2:54 Oct 29, 2010 Blake Hotel, Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S.
24 Loss 22–1–1 Vitali Klitschko UD 12 Dec 12, 2009 PostFinance Arena, Bern, Switzerland For WBC heavyweight title
23 Win 22–0–1 Devin Vargas TKO 6 (10), 2:23 May 15, 2009 Broadway by the Bay, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
22 Win 21–0–1 Matthew Greer TKO 3 (10), 2:26 Nov 7, 2008 Bally's, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
21 Win 20–0–1 Bruce Seldon TKO 5 (10), 0:28 Sep 5, 2008 Bally's, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
20 Win 19–0–1 Terry Smith UD 10 Apr 18, 2008 Buffalo Run Casino, Miami, Oklahoma, U.S.
19 Win 18–0–1 Jermell Barnes UD 8 Dec 5, 2007 Hard Rock Live, Hollywood, Florida, U.S.
18 Win 17–0–1 Andrew Greeley UD 6 Nov 9, 2007 Paradise Theater, New York City, New York, U.S.
17 Win 16–0–1 Damian Wills UD 10 Aug 3, 2007 Far West Rodeo, Doraville, Georgia, U.S.
16 Win 15–0–1 Ron Guerrero UD 8 Jun 9, 2007 Convention Center, Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.
15 Win 14–0–1 Curtis Taylor KO 1 (6) Mar 29, 2007 The Plex, North Charleston, South Carolina, U.S.
14 Win 13–0–1 Charles Davis UD 10 Dec 8, 2006 Paradise Theater, New York City, New York, U.S.
13 Win 12–0–1 Michael Rhodes UD 6 Nov 10, 2006 Birchwood Manor, Whippany, New Jersey, U.S.
12 Win 11–0–1 Demetrice King UD 6 Oct 11, 2006 Westchester County Center, White Plains, New York, U.S.
11 Win 10–0–1 Daniel Bispo UD 10 Jun 10, 2006 Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
10 Win 9–0–1 Robert Hawkins UD 8 Mar 31, 2006 Mohegan Sun Arena, Montville, Connecticut, U.S.
9 Win 8–0–1 Robert Kooser TKO 1 (6), 1:16 Jan 27, 2006 Tropicana Casino & Resort, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
8 Win 7–0–1 William Cook UD 8 Jan 8, 2005 Emerald Queen Casino, Tacoma, Washington, U.S.
7 Win 6–0–1 Karl Evans TKO 1 (6), 1:31 Nov 6, 2004 Glendale Arena, Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
6 Win 5–0–1 Robert Wiggins UD 8 Sep 30, 2004 Mohegan Sun Arena, Montville, Connecticut, U.S.
5 Win 4–0–1 DeSean Harper TKO 4 (6) Jul 28, 2004 Orange County Fairgrounds, Middletown, New York, U.S.
4 Draw 3–0–1 Timur Ibragimov UD 4 Jun 17, 2004 Harrah's, Laughlin, Nevada, U.S.
3 Win 3–0 Elfair McKnight UD 4 Jul 13, 2003 Cedar Beach, Allentown, Pennsylvania, U.S.
2 Win 2–0 William Bolar KO 1 (4) Apr 24, 2003 Days Inn, Allentown, Pennsylvania, U.S.
1 Win 1–0 Stanford Brisbone TKO 4 (4), 2:36 Feb 13, 2003 Days Inn, Allentown, Pennsylvania, U.S.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Chen, Howard (May 13, 2009), "Vargas ready for his biggest fight", FOXToledo.com, archived from the original on July 11, 2011
  2. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fcm5G4dCmyc

External linksEdit

Sporting positions
Regional boxing titles
Preceded by
Alex Leapai
IBF Australasian
heavyweight champion

April 1, 2012 – June 2012
Vacated
Title discontinued
Preceded by
Francesco Pianeta
IBO International
heavyweight champion

October 14, 2017 – March 10, 2018
Succeeded by
Petar Milas