Johnny Nelson

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Johnny Nelson
Statistics
Real name Ivanson Ranny Nelson[1]
Rated at Cruiserweight
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)
Reach 206 cm (81 in)
Nationality British
Born (1967-01-04) 4 January 1967 (age 48)
Sheffield, England
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 59
Wins 45
Wins by KO 29
Losses 12
Draws 2
No contests 0

Ivanson Ranny "Johnny" Nelson[1] (born 4 January 1967) is a former professional boxer from Sheffield, England. He was the WBO cruiserweight champion for over seven years, having successfully defended the title 13 times. Nelson also held the European and British cruiserweight titles. His fight record was 45 wins (29 by knockout), 12 losses and two draws.

Boxing career[edit]

Nelson's 14th defence of his WBO cruiserweight title was scheduled to be against Welshman Enzo Maccarinelli on the undercard for the Joe Calzaghe versus Jeff Lacy WBO/IBF unification bout on 6 March 2006, but an injury picked up by Nelson forced the fight to be cancelled and Nelson announced his decision to retire from professional boxing a few months later on 22 September 2006.

After retirement[edit]

Nelson is now a pundit for Sky Television. Since retirement he has spent some time working with the prison service helping inmates with life management skills.[1] He's also played a role in some charity work, agreeing to fight a charity match against Jos Battle.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Nelson's parents split up when he was a young child and he didn't reunite with his biological father until he was in his thirties.[1] He still lives in Sheffield with his wife Debbie and daughters Bailey and India. He also has a daughter called Jorden from a previous relationship. He has published his autobiography Hard Road To Glory.

Professional boxing record[edit]

45 Wins (29 knockouts, 16 decisions), 12 Losses (1 knockout, 11 decisions), 2 Draws [1]
Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Win 45–12–2 Italy Vincenzo Cantatore SD 12 26 Nov 2005 Italy Palazzetto dello Sport, Rome, Lazio Retained WBO Cruiserweight Title.
Win 44–12–2 Germany Ruediger May TKO 7 (12) 9 April 2004 Germany Grugahalle, Essen, Nordrhein-Westfalen Retained WBO Cruiserweight Title.
Win 43–12–2 Bosnia and Herzegovina Alexander Petkovic MD 12 15 Nov 2003 Germany Oberfrankenhalle, Bayreuth, Bayern Retained WBO Cruiserweight Title.
Draw 42–12–2 Panama Guillermo Jones SD 12 23 Nov 2002 United Kingdom Derby Storm Arena, Derby, Derbyshire Retained WBO Cruiserweight Title.
Win 42–12–1 United States Ezra Sellers KO 8 (12) 4 June 2002 Denmark Cirkusbygningen, Copenhagen, Denmark Retained WBO Cruiserweight Title.
Win 41–12–1 Russia Alexander Vasiliev UD 12 24 Nov 2001 United Kingdom York Hall, Bethnal Green, London Won vacant WBU Heavyweight Title.
Win 40–12–1 Argentina Marcelo Domínguez UD 12 21 Jul 2001 United Kingdom Ponds Forge, Sheffield, Yorkshire Retained WBO Cruiserweight Title.
Win 39–12–1 Brazil George Arias UD 12 27 Jan 2001 United Kingdom York Hall, Bethnal Green, London Retained WBO Cruiserweight Title.
Win 38–12–1 Australia Adam Watt KO 5 (12) 10 July 2000 United Kingdom Doncaster Dome, Doncaster, Yorkshire Retained WBO Cruiserweight Title.
Win 37–12–1 Italy Pietro Aurino TKO 7 (12) 4 August 2000 United Kingdom Bethnal Green, London, England Retained WBO Cruiserweight Title.
Win 36–12–1 France Christophe Girard KO 4 (12) 11 June 1999 United Kingdom Kingsway Leisure Centre, Widnes, Cheshire Retained WBO Cruiserweight Title.
Win 35–12–1 Tonga Sione Asipeli UD 12 18 Sep 1999 United States Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada Retained WBO Cruiserweight Title.
Win 34–12–1 Canada Willard Lewis TKO 4 (12) 8 July 1999 United Kingdom Goresbrook Leisure Centre, Dagenham, Essex Retained WBO Cruiserweight Title.
Win 33–12–1 United Kingdom Bruce Scott UD 12 15 May 1999 United Kingdom Ponds Forge, Sheffield, Yorkshire Retained WBO Cruiserweight Title.
Win 32–12–1 United Kingdom Carl Thompson TKO 5 (12) 27 Mar 1999 United Kingdom Derby Storm Arena, Derby, Derbyshire Won WBO Cruiserweight Title.
Win 31–12–1 Nigeria Peter Oboh RTD 6 (8) 18 Jul 1998 United Kingdom Sheffield Arena, Sheffield, Yorkshire
Win 30–12–1 Belgium Dirk Wallyn TKO 1 (12) 10 November 1997 United Kingdom Sheffield Arena, Sheffield, Yorkshire Retained EBU Cruiserweight Title.
Win 29–12–1 United Kingdom Michael Murray PTS 4 19 Jul 1997 United Kingdom Wembley Arena, London, England
Win 28–12–1 France Patrice Aouissi KO 7 (12) 22 Feb 1997 France Berck, Pas-de-Calais, France Won vacant EBU Cruiserweight Title.
Win 27–12–1 United Kingdom Dennis Andries TKO 7 (12) 14 Dec 1996 United Kingdom Sheffield, Yorkshire, England Won vacant BBBofC British Cruiserweight Title.
Win 26–12–1 United Kingdom Tony Booth KO 2 (6) 20 Jan 1996 United Kingdom Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England
Loss 25–12–1 Brazil Adilson Rodrigues UD 12 12 March 1995 Brazil Sao Paulo, Brazil For WBF Heavyweight Title.
Loss 25–11–1 Brazil Adilson Rodrigues PTS 12 22 Aug 1995 Brazil Sao Paulo, Brazil Lost WBF Heavyweight Title.
Win 25–10–1 Kazakhstan Nikolay Kulpin UD 12 11 May 1994 Thailand Chiang Mai, Thailand Retained WBF Heavyweight Title.
Loss 24–10–1 United Kingdom Henry Akinwande PTS 10 4 May 1994 United Kingdom Bethnal Green, London, England
Win 24–9–1 Samoa Jimmy Thunder UD 12 19 Nov 1993 New Zealand Auckland, New Zealand Won WBF Heavyweight Title.
Loss 23–9–1 Uganda Franco Wanyama DQ 10 (12) 10 January 1993 Belgium Waregem, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium Lost WBF Cruiserweight Title.
Win 23–8–1 United Kingdom Tom Collins TKO 1 (12) 4 November 1993 United Kingdom Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, England Retained WBF Cruiserweight Title.
Win 22–8–1 Australia Dave Russell TKO 11 (12) 30 Apr 1993 Australia Melbourne, Australia Won vacant WBF Cruiserweight Title.
Loss 21–8–1 South Africa Corrie Sanders UD 10 24 Oct 1992 South Africa Mabopane, North West, South Africa
Loss 21–7–1 France Norbert Ekassi TKO 3 (8) 14 Aug 1992 France Ajaccio, Corse-du-Sud, France
Loss 21–6–1 United States James Warring UD 12 16 May 1992 United States Bealeton, Virginia, United States For IBF Cruiserweight Title.
Win 21–5–1 Belgium Yves Monsieur TKO 8 (12) 3 December 1991 United Kingdom Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, England Retained EBU Cruiserweight Title.
Win 20–5–1 Germany Markus Bott TKO 12 (12) 14 Dec 1990 Germany Karlsruhe, Baden-Württemberg, Germany Won vacant EBU Cruiserweight Title.
Win 19–5–1 United States Andre Smith PTS 8 9 May 1990 United Kingdom Brighton, Sussex, England
Win 18–5–1 United States Arthur Weathers TKO 2 (8) 27 Jun 1990 United Kingdom Kensington, London, England
Win 17–5–1 United Kingdom Lou Gent KO 4 (12) 28 Mar 1990 United Kingdom Bethnal Green, London, England Retained BBBofC British Cruiserweight Title.
Win 16–5–1 United States Dino Homsey TKO 7 (8) 14 Feb 1990 United Kingdom Brentwood, Essex, England
Draw 15–5–1 Puerto Rico Carlos De Leon PTS 12 27 Jan 1990 United Kingdom Sheffield, Yorkshire, England For WBC Cruiserweight Title.
Win 15–5 United Kingdom Ian Bulloch KO 2 (12) 10 February 1989 United Kingdom Hanley, Staffordshire, England Retained BBBofC British Cruiserweight Title.
Win 14–5 United Kingdom Andy Straughn TKO 8 (12) 21 May 1989 United Kingdom Finsbury Park, London, England Won BBBofC British Cruiserweight Title.
Win 13–5 United States Steve Mormino TKO 2 (8) 4 April 1989 United Kingdom Sheffield, Yorkshire, England
Win 12–5 United Kingdom Danny Lawford TKO 2 (10) 26 Oct 1988 United Kingdom Sheffield, Yorkshire, England Won BBBofC Central Area Cruiserweight Title.
Win 11–5 United Kingdom Andrew Gerrard PTS 8 31 Aug 1988 United Kingdom Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England
Win 10–5 United Kingdom Lennie Howard KO 2 (8) 6 June 1988 United Kingdom Mayfair, London, England
Win 9–5 United Kingdom Crawford Ashley PTS 8 5 April 1988 United Kingdom Solihull, West Midlands, England
Win 8–5 United Kingdom Kenny Jones KO 1 (8) 25 Apr 1988 United Kingdom Liverpool, England
Win 7–5 United Kingdom Cordwell Hylton KO 1 (8) 24 Feb 1988 United Kingdom Sheffield, Yorkshire, England
Loss 6–5 United Kingdom Dennis Bailey PTS 8 2 January 1988 United Kingdom Northampton, Northamptonshire, England
Win 6–4 United Kingdom Jon McBean TKO 6 (8) 14 Dec 1987 United Kingdom Birmingham, West Midlands, England
Win 5–4 United Kingdom Byron Pullen TKO 3 (8) 6 March 1987 United Kingdom Southwark, London, England
Loss 4–4 United Kingdom Brian Schumacher PTS 8 28 Apr 1987 United Kingdom Halifax, Yorkshire, England
Win 4–3 United Kingdom Sean Daly TKO 1 (8) 4 October 1987 United Kingdom Manchester, England
Win 3–3 United Kingdom Doug Young PTS 6 3 February 1987 United Kingdom Huddersfield, Yorkshire, England
Win 2–3 United Kingdom George Carmen PTS 6 19 Jan 1987 United Kingdom Mayfair, London, England
Win 1–3 United Kingdom Chris Little PTS 6 20 Nov 1986 United Kingdom Bredbury, Greater Manchester, England
Loss 0–3 Norway Magne Havnaa PTS 4 10 March 1986 Denmark Copenhagen, Denmark
Loss 0–2 United Kingdom Tommy Taylor PTS 6 15 May 1986 United Kingdom Dudley, West Midlands, England
Loss 0–1 United Kingdom Peter Brown PTS 6 18 Mar 1986 United Kingdom Kingston upon Hull, Yorkshire, England Professional debut.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Johnny Nelson isn't called Johnny". BBC South Yorkshire. Retrieved 13 November 2010. 
  2. ^ Charity 'Battle' secures cash pot bbc.co.uk (1 June 2007)

External links[edit]

Achievements
Preceded by
Carl Thompson
WBO Cruiserweight Champion
27 March 1999 – 22 September 2006
Retired
Succeeded by
Enzo Maccarinelli
Interim Champ Elavated
Titles in pretence
Preceded by
Dave Russell
World Cruiserweight Champion
WBF recognition

30 April 1993 – 1 October 1993
Succeeded by
Franco Wanyana
Preceded by
Jimmy Thunder
World Heavyweight Champion
WBF recognition

19 November 1993 – 22 August 1995
Succeeded by
Adilson Rodrigues
Vacant
Title last held by
Hasim Rahman
World Heavyweight Champion
WBU recognition

24 November 2001  – 4 December 2001
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Georgi Kandelaki