|Real name||Kirk Cyron Johnson|
|Height||6 feet 2 inches (1.88 m)|
|Reach||81 in (205.7 cm)|
June 29, 1972 |
North Preston, Nova Scotia
|Wins by KO||27|
He had his first professional bout on April 24, 1993 against Andre Smiley.
In his first title fight in 2002 Johnson faced John Ruiz for the WBA Heavyweight Title. In the tenth round Johnson was disqualified for low blows while losing on all of the judges' scorecards. Johnson appealed the disqualification to the WBA, on the grounds that referee Joe Cortez had erred in calling some of the low blows and did not act impartially (both Ruiz and Cortez are of Puerto Rican descent). Though many boxing commentators agreed that the disqualification was unwarranted, the appeal was ultimately denied by the WBA.
On December 6, 2003 Johnson faced the Ukrainian contender and future champion Vitali Klitschko in New York's Madison Square Garden. He was easily defeated by Klitschko, losing by a second round knockout.
Johnson compounded the Kltschko embarrassment by coming into this fight at 260 pounds — an all-time high for him. Johnson weighed 232 pounds in his biggest win, over future WBC Heavyweight Champion Oleg Maskaev, in 2000.
After the Klitschko fight, Johnson staged a comeback. He knocked out Mexican heavyweight Gilbert Martinez in July 2004 and won a technical decision over Cuban Yanqui Diaz in June 2005, although he lost his next bout (later changed to a technical decision) against Californian Javier Mora in March 2006. Mora appeared to have accidentally stepped on Johnson's foot, causing Johnson to dislocate his knee. This decision was subsequently appealed and the result changed to a No Decision. Johnson has since recovered from his knee injury.
On April 29, 2010, Johnson returned to the ring after a four-year absence and fought journeyman Douglas Robertson defeating him via first round TKO.
Johnson's record is now at 37–2–1 (27 KOs), with one No Decision.
Halifax Regional Police Lawsuit
In 2003, after dropping out of a planned fight against then-heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis because of an injury, Johnson launched a protracted legal battle against the Halifax Regional Police. During the inquiry, Johnson claimed that because of racism and racial profiling by the Halifax Regional Police  he had his car stopped 28 times over five years while in Halifax. Johnson was awarded $10,000 in damages, in addition to $4,790 to cover his travel expenses. The police service was also ordered to create a scholarship in Johnson's name. It will be awarded annually to a student from North Preston. Since 2003, 12 students have received awards.
Professional boxing record
|37 Wins (27 knockouts, 10 decisions), 2 Losses (1 knockout, 1 decision), 1 Draw, 1 No Contest |
|Douglas Robertson||TKO||1 (4)||29/04/2010||Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, Texas, United States||Robertson down twice.|
|Javier Mora||ND||7 (10)||03/03/2006||Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California, United States||Johnson suffered a dislocated knee. Result changed from TKO on appeal to the CSAC on August 7, due to Johnson's foot being stepped on.|
|Win||36-2-1||Yanqui Diaz||TD||5 (10)||09/06/2005||Pechanga Entertainment Center, Temecula, California, United States|
|Win||35-2-1||Gilbert Martinez||TKO||8 (10)||08/07/2004||Pechanga Entertainment Center, Temecula, California, United States||Martinez stopped due to a cut at end of 8th round.|
|Loss||34-2-1||Vitali Klitschko||TKO||2 (12)||06/12/2003||Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, United States||WBC Heavyweight title eliminator.|
|Win||34-1-1||Lou Savarese||TKO||4 (12)||15/03/2003||Club Life, Dallas, Texas, United States||Won WBO Inter-Continental Heavyweight title.|
|Win||33-1-1||Jeremy Bates||KO||2 (8)||07/12/2002||Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||32-1-1||John Ruiz||DQ||10 (12)||27/07/2002||Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||For WBA Heavyweight title. Johnson DQ'd for low blows.|
|Win||32-0-1||Larry Donald||UD||12||07/07/2001||KeySpan Park, Brooklyn, New York, United States||WBA Heavyweight title eliminator.|
|Win||31-0-1||Derrick Banks||KO||1 (10)||28/04/2001||Civic Center, LaPorte, Indiana, United States|
|Win||30-0-1||Oleg Maskaev||KO||4 (12)||07/10/2000||Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut, United States||Won PABA Heavyweight title.|
|Win||29-0-1||Marcus Johnson||TKO||2 (10)||27/01/2000||Hammerstein Ballroom, New York, New York, United States|
|Win||28-0-1||Rodolfo Marin||KO||1 (10)||07/10/1999||Soaring Eagle Casino, Mount Pleasant, Michigan, United States|
|Win||27-0-1||Alfred Cole||UD||10||20/03/1999||Emerald Queen Casino, Mount Tacoma, Washington, United States|
|Draw||26-0-1||Alfred Cole||PTS||10||08/12/1998||Roseland Ballroom, New York, New York, United States|
|Win||26–0||Levi Billups||UD||10||06/08/1998||Coeur d'Alene Casino, Worley, Idaho, United States|
|Win||25–0||Eric Curry||TKO||1 (10)||09/05/1998||Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||24–0||Rocky Pepeli||TKO||1 (10)||02/04/1998||Erie County College, Buffalo, New York, United States|
|Win||23–0||Louis Monaco||TKO||7 (10)||12/07/1997||Grand Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi, United States|
|Win||22–0||Everton Davis||TKO||8 (10)||11/03/1997||Casino Magic, Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi, United States||Davis knocked down in the 2nd and 8th rounds. Johnson down in the 5th.|
|Win||21–0||Terry McGroom||TKO||8 (10)||16/11/1996||Ballys Park Place Hotel Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||20–0||Danell Nicholson||UD||10||23/08/1996||Ballys Park Place Hotel Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||19–0||Darren Hayden||TKO||1 (10)||12/06/1996||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||18–0||Mike Dixon||TKO||1 (8)||07/03/1996||Convention Centre, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada|
|Win||17–0||Art Bayliss||TKO||1 (8)||25/01/1996||International Plaza Hotel, Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Win||16–0||Bradley Rone||PTS||8||21/12/1995||Bossier City, Louisiana, United States|
|Win||15–0||Nathaniel Fitch||PTS||10||07/07/1995||Bossier City Civic Center, Bossier City, Louisiana, United States|
|Win||14–0||Matt Green||KO||1 (8)||03/05/1995||Lexington Avenue Armory, New York, New York, United States|
|Win||13–0||Ron Gullette||KO||1 (8)||29/03/1995||New York, New York, United States|
|Win||12–0||Marion Wilson||UD||8||03/02/1995||Fernwood Resort, Bushkill, Pennsylvania, United States|
|Win||11–0||Tyrone Evans||KO||8 (8)||05/11/1994||MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||10–0||Keith McMurray||KO||3 (10)||12/10/1994||The Pit, Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States|
|Win||9–0||George O'Mara||KO||1 (8)||09/09/1994||Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Win||8–0||Ross Puritty||UD||6||05/05/1994||Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Win||7–0||Dave Fiddler||TKO||2 (6)||17/02/1994||Convention Centre, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada|
|Win||6–0||Kelvin Hayden||KO||1 (6)||16/12/1993||Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States|
|Win||5–0||Willie Johnson||KO||3 (6)||27/10/1993||Ballys Park Place Hotel Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||4–0||Bryant Smith||PTS||6||06/10/1993||Harrah's Marina Hotel Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||3–0||Ed Donaldson||KO||5 (6)||30/08/1993||Kemper Arena, Kansas City, Missouri, United States|
|Win||2–0||Earl Talley||KO||1 (4)||07/06/1993||Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||1–0||Andre Smiley||TKO||3 (4)||04/04/1993||Aladdin Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Pro debut for Johnson.|
||This biographical article needs additional citations for verification. (July 2012)|
- CBC News: Boxer Johnson wins Racism Complaint. December 23, 2003 Retrieved 29 December 2008