View Full Version : Does anyone know what age Harold Johnson started Boxing?


winky44
06-28-2009, 02:43 PM
Any know what age the great LHW Harold Johnson started boxing at? Heard he started in the army but what age was he???

mickey malone
06-28-2009, 03:00 PM
Any know what age the great LHW Harold Johnson started boxing at? Heard he started in the army but what age was he???
To the best of my knowledge, he turned pro & fought just before his 18th birthday..

Can't remember the opponent but he won & went on to win several more before losing out to Archie Moore.. Can't remember if Johnson ever became champ or not, but I don't think so.. Beat most of em though!

With regards, but I wouldn't have a clue on his amateur status...

winky44
06-28-2009, 03:01 PM
To the best of my knowledge, he turned pro & fought just before his 18th birthday..

Can't remember the opponent but he won & went on to win several more before losing out to Archie Moore.. Can't remember if Johnson ever became champ or not, but I don't think so.. Beat most of em though!

With regards, but I wouldn't have a clue on his amateur status...

Thanks anyway.

Joey Giardello
06-28-2009, 03:11 PM
Any know what age the great LHW Harold Johnson started boxing at? Heard he started in the army but what age was he???

He started boxing at 18 after meeting billy conn in the army, he use to spar with conn when he was just a novice, conn learned him the basics first, he turned pro later that year. Harold Johnson is teddy atlas favourite fighter

TheGreatA
06-28-2009, 03:14 PM
"My father, Phil Johnson, was a boxer. My brother boxed too, but not pro," he said, recalling the days on how he got started in boxing. "I played baseball and I played tackle football up in Manayunk, in Germantown, that***8217;s where I grew up. Where I lived, they called it the Scratch House. It wasn***8217;t a very big place.

"I started boxing at the North Lake Boys Club. I think I was about eight years old. The guy who ran the gym used to be a boxer and he remembered my father. The first time I boxed, he looked at me and said, ***8216;Where did you learn how to fight like that?***8217; I didn***8217;t know what he meant, I thought I did something wrong. I thought I was fighting dirty or something. Then he said, ***8216;You looked good.***8217;

Johnson turned pro in 1946 and won his first 24 bouts before dropping a 10-round decision to Moore in 1949.

http://www.thesweetscience.com/boxing-article/1555/harold-johnson-preferred-style-savagery/

winky44
06-28-2009, 03:33 PM
"My father, Phil Johnson, was a boxer. My brother boxed too, but not pro," he said, recalling the days on how he got started in boxing. "I played baseball and I played tackle football up in Manayunk, in Germantown, that’s where I grew up. Where I lived, they called it the Scratch House. It wasn’t a very big place.

"I started boxing at the North Lake Boys Club. I think I was about eight years old. The guy who ran the gym used to be a boxer and he remembered my father. The first time I boxed, he looked at me and said, ‘Where did you learn how to fight like that?’ I didn’t know what he meant, I thought I did something wrong. I thought I was fighting dirty or something. Then he said, ‘You looked good.’

Johnson turned pro in 1946 and won his first 24 bouts before dropping a 10-round decision to Moore in 1949.

http://www.thesweetscience.com/boxing-article/1555/harold-johnson-preferred-style-savagery/

Thought he was alot older than that....