Johnny Wilson (boxer)

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Johnny Wilson
Johnny Wilson portrait BNF.jpg
Statistics
Real name Giovanni Francesco Panica
Rated at Middleweight
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Reach 72 in (183 cm)
Nationality American
Born (1893-03-23)March 23, 1893
New York, New York
Died December 8, 1985(1985-12-08) (aged 92)
Boston, Massachusetts
Stance Southpaw
Boxing record
Total fights 101
Wins 63
Wins by KO 29
Losses 29
Draws 8
No contests 1

Johnny Wilson was born Giovanni Panica on March 23, 1893 in Harlem, New York City.[1] He was a professional boxer who fought from 1911 until 1926. The highlight of Wilson's career came when he captured the world middleweight championship by defeating Mike O'Dowd by decision over 12 rounds on May 6, 1920. Wilson held the crown until he was outpointed over 15 rounds by the all-time great Harry Greb.

After retiring from the ring, Wilson was involved in the ownership/management of several successful nightclubs in New York and Boston. Wilson died on December 8, 1985.

Cameo[edit]

In 1970 Wilson had a short appearing in Michelangelo Antonioni's Zabriskie Point movie (at 00:42' in Italian edition), when he was 77.

Notable bouts[edit]

Result Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes[2]
Loss United States Maxie Rosenbloom UD 10 1926-10-04 United States Motor Square Garden, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Loss United States Maxie Rosenbloom PTS 12 1926-08-27 United States Coney Island Stadium, Brooklyn, New York
Loss United States Harry Greb PTS 10 1925-04-17 United States Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts
Loss United States Tiger Flowers TKO 3 (10) 1924-12-09 United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
Loss United States Tommy Loughran PTS 10 1924-02-12 United States Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts
Loss United States Harry Greb UD 15 1924-01-18 United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York For World Middleweight Title.
Loss United States Harry Greb UD 15 1923-08-31 United States Polo Grounds, New York, New York Lost World Middleweight Title.
Win United States Mike O'Dowd SD 15 1921-03-17 United States Madison Square Garden, New York, New York Retained World Middleweight Title.
Win United States Mike O'Dowd PTS 12 1920-05-06 United States Mechanics Building, Boston, Massachusetts Won World Middleweight Title.
Win United States Billy Murray TKO 2 (12) 1920-03-08 United States Casino Hall, Lynn, Massachusetts
Win United States Leo Houck PTS 12 1918-04-15 United States Douglas A.C., Chelsea, Massachusetts
Loss United States Leo Houck PTS 12 1918-03-11 United States Douglas A.C., Chelsea, Massachusetts

References[edit]

  1. ^ Marcus, Norman. "Johnny Wilson: Middleweight Champ 1920-1923". boxing.com. Retrieved 25 October 2013. 
  2. ^ Johnny Wilson's Professional Boxing Record. BoxRec.com. Retrieved on 2014-05-18.

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Achievements
Preceded by
Mike O'Dowd
World Middleweight Champion
May 6, 1920 – August 31, 1923
Succeeded by
Harry Greb