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 47)
Sheffield, England, UK
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 11-26-2005 Italy Rome, Lazio, Italy WBO World Cruiserweight Title. 116–111, 115–112, 112–115
Win 44–12–2 Germany Ruediger May TKO 7 09-04-2004 Germany Essen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany WBO World Cruiserweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 2:29 of the seventh round
Win 43–12–2 Bosnia and Herzegovina Alexander Petkovic MD 12 11-15-2003 Germany Bayreuth, Bayern, Germany WBO World Cruiserweight Title. 115–113, 115–113, 114–114.
Draw 42–12–2 Panama Guillermo Jones SD 12 11-23-2002 England Derby, Derbyshire, United Kingdom WBO World Cruiserweight Title. 116–113, 113–115, 114–114.
Win 42–12-1 United States Ezra Sellers KO 8 04-06-2002 Denmark Copenhagen, Denmark WBO World Cruiserweight Title. Sellers knocked out at 2:39 of the eighth round.
Win 41–12–1 Russia Alexander Vasiliev UD 12 11-24-2001 England Bethnal Green, London, United Kingdom WBU World Heavyweight Title. 120–107, 119–109, 118–110.
Win 40–12–1 Argentina Marcelo Fabian Dominguez UD 12 07-21-2001 England Sheffield, Yorkshire, United Kingdom WBO World Cruiserweight Title. 117–110, 117–110, 119–108.
Win 39-12-1 Brazil George Arias UD 12 01-27-2001 England Bethnal Green, London, United Kingdom WBO World Cruiserweight Title. 120–108, 120–110, 119–110.
Win 38-12-1 Australia Adam Watt KO 5 10-07-2000 England Doncaster, Yorkshire, United Kingdom WBO World Cruiserweight Title. Watt knocked out at 2:12 of the fifth round.
Win 37-12-1 Italy Pietro Aurino TKO 7 04-08-2000 England Bethnal Green, London, United Kingdom WBO World Cruiserweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 2:23 of the seventh round.
Win 36-12-1 France Christophe Girard KO 4 11-06-1999 England Widnes, Cheshire, United Kingdom WBO World Cruiserweight Title. Girard knocked out at 2:34 of the fourth round.
Win 35–12-1 Tonga Sione Asipeli UD 12 09-18-1999 United States Las Vegas, Nevada, United States WBO World Cruiserweight Title. 118–108, 119–107, 119–107.
Win 34–12–1 Canada Willard Lewis TKO 4 08-07-1999 England Dagenham, Essex, United Kingdom WBO World Cruiserweight Title. Lewis retired at 3:00 of the fourth round.
Win 33-12-1 United Kingdom Bruce Scott UD 12 05-15-1999 England Sheffield, Yorkshire, United Kingdom WBO World Cruiserweight Title. 117–111, 119–108, 118–109.
Win 32-12-1 United Kingdom Carl Thompson TKO 5 03-27-1999 England Derby, Derbyshire, United Kingdom Won WBO World Cruiserweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 1:42 of the fifth round.
Win 31-12-1 Nigeria Peter Oboh TKO 6 07-18-1998 England Sheffield, Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Win 30–12–1 Belgium Dirk Wallyn TKO 1 10-11-1997 England Sheffield, Yorkshire, United Kingdom EBU Cruiserweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 1:13 of the first round.
Win 29-12-1 United Kingdom Michael Murray PTS 4 07-19-1997 England Wembley, London, United Kingdom
Win 28-12-1 France Patrice Aouissi KO 7 02-22-1997 France Berck, Pas-de-Calais, France EBU Cruiserweight Title.
Win 27–12–1 United Kingdom Dennis Andries TKO 7 12-14-1996 England Sheffield, Yorkshire, United Kingdom BBBofC British Cruiserweight Title.
Win 26–12–1 United Kingdom Tony Booth KO 2 01-20-1996 England Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
Loss 25-12-1 Brazil Adilson Rodrigues UD 12 12-03-1995 Brazil Sao Paulo, Brazil WBF World Heavyweight Title. 116–117, 114–116, 114–117.
Loss 25-11-1 Brazil Adilson Rodrigues PTS 12 08-22-1995 Brazil Sao Paulo, Brazil WBF World Heavyweight Title.
Win 25-10-1 Kazakhstan Nikolay Kulpin UD 12 11-05-1994 Thailand Chiang Mai, Thailand WBF World Heavyweight Title.
Loss 24–10–1 United Kingdom Henry Akinwande PTS 10 04-05-1994 England Bethnal Green, London, United Kingdom
Win 24–9-1 Samoa Jimmy Thunder UD 12 11-19-1993 New Zealand Auckland, New Zealand WBF World Heavyweight Title. 115–114, 115–112, 119–111.
Loss 23–9–1 Uganda Franco Wanyama DQ 10 10-01-1993 Belgium Waregem, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium WBF World Cruiserweight Title.
Win 23–8–1 United Kingdom Tom Elton Collins TKO 1 04-11-1993 England Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom WBF World Cruiserweight Title.
Win 22-8-1 Australia Dave Russell TKO 11 04-30-1993 Australia Melbourne, Victoria, Australia WBF World Cruiserweight Title.
Loss 21–8-1 South Africa Corrie Sanders UD 10 10-24-1992 South Africa Mabopane, North West, South Africa 92–99, 89–99, 89–100.
Loss 21–7–1 France Norbert Ekassi TKO 3 08-14-1992 France Ajaccio, Corse-du-Sud, France
Loss 21-6-1 United States James Warring UD 12 05-16-1992 United States Bealeton, Virginia, United States IBF World Cruiserweight Title. 111–118, 108–120, 111–117.
Win 21-5-1 Belgium Yves Monsieur TKO 8 03-12-1991 England Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom EBU Cruiserweight Title.
Win 20-5-1 Germany Markus Bott TKO 12 12-14-1990 Germany Karlsruhe, Baden-Württemberg, Germany EBU Cruiserweight Title.
Win 19-5-1 United States Andre Smith PTS 8 09-05-1990 England Brighton, Sussex, United Kingdom 79.5–77.5.
Win 18–5–1 United States Arthur Weathers TKO 2 06-27-1990 England Kensington, London, United Kingdom Referee stopped the bout at 0:25 of the second round.
Win 17–5–1 United Kingdom Lou Gent KO 4 03-28-1990 England Bethnal Green, London, United Kingdom BBBofC British Cruiserweight Title.
Win 16-5-1 United States Dino Homsey TKO 7 02-14-1990 England Brentwood, Essex, United Kingdom
Draw 15-5-1 Puerto Rico Carlos De Leon PTS 12 01-27-1990 England Sheffield, Yorkshire, United Kingdom WBC World Cruiserweight Title.
Win 15–5–0 United Kingdom Ian Bulloch KO 2 10-02-1989 England Hanley, Staffordshire, United Kingdom BBBofC British Cruiserweight Title.
Win 14–5–0 United Kingdom Andy Straughn TKO 8 05-21-1989 England Finsbury Park, London, United Kingdom BBBofC British Cruiserweight Title.
Win 13–5–0 United States Steve Mormino TKO 2 04-04-1989 England Sheffield, Yorkshire, United Kingdom Referee stopped the bout at 1:56 of the second round.
Win 12–5–0 United Kingdom Danny Lawford TKO 2 10-26-1988 England Sheffield, Yorkshire, United Kingdom BBBofC Central Area Cruiserweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 0:53 of the second round.
Win 11–5-0 United Kingdom Andrew Gerrard PTS 8 08-31-1988 England Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, United Kingdom
Win 10-5-0 United Kingdom Lennie Howard KO 2 06-06-1988 England Mayfair, London, United Kingdom
Win 9-5-0 United Kingdom Crawford Ashley PTS 8 05-04-1988 England Solihull, West Midlands, United Kingdom 79–77.5.
Win 8-5-0 United Kingdom Kenny Jones KO 1 04-25-1988 England Liverpool, Merseyside, United Kingdom
Win 7-5-0 United Kingdom Cordwell Hylton KO 1 02-24-1988 England Sheffield, Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Loss 6-5-0 United Kingdom Dennis Bailey PTS 8 02-01-1988 England Northampton, Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
Win 6-4-0 United Kingdom Jon McBean TKO 6 12-14-1987 England Birmingham, West Midlands, United Kingdom
Win 5-4-0 United Kingdom Byron Pullen TKO 3 06-03-1987 England Southwark, London, United Kingdom
Loss 4-4-0 United Kingdom Brian Schumacher PTS 8 04-28-1987 England Halifax, Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Win 4-3-0 United Kingdom Sean Daly TKO 1 04-10-1987 England Manchester, United Kingdom Referee stopped the bout at 0:52 of the first round.
Win 3–3-0 United Kingdom Doug Young PTS 6 03-02-1987 England Huddersfield, Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Win 2–3–0 United Kingdom George Carmen PTS 6 01-19-1987 England Mayfair, London, United Kingdom
Win 1-3-0 United Kingdom Chris Little PTS 6 11-20-1986 England Bredbury, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom 60–57.
Loss 0-3-0 Norway Magne Havnaa PTS 4 10-03-1986 Denmark Copenhagen, Denmark
Loss 0–2-0 United Kingdom Tommy Taylor PTS 6 05-15-1986 England Dudley, West Midlands, United Kingdom
Loss 0–1-0 United Kingdom Peter Brown PTS 6 03-18-1986 England Kingston upon Hull, Yorkshire, United Kingdom

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 (2007-06-01)

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