John Simpson (boxer)
|Real name||John Simpson|
|Height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
26 July 1983 |
Greenock, Scotland, UK
|Wins by KO||11|
Simpson's professional boxing career began in September 2002, with a first-round knockout of Simon Chambers. Simpson suffered a setback when he lost his second fight on points against Lee Holmes. Simpson remained undefeated in his next ten fights, and a victory over Marc Callaghan led to him receiving a shot at the British featherweight title.
British title challenges
On 5 November 2004, Simpson faced Dazzo Williams in a challenge for the British featherweight title. Simpson lost a very close points decision as referee Phil Edwards scored the bout 115-114 in favour of Williams. After a six-month lay off, Simpson returned to the ring to defeat former European lightweight title challenger Dariusz Snarski via a third-round knockout.
On 5 November 2005, exactly one-year after his last title challenge, Simpson fought Andy Morris for the vacant British featherweight title. Simpson was defeated by a unanimous decision with scores of 118-111, 117-111 and 118-110. Following this fight, Simpson lost to Stephen Foster Jr. via a unanimous points decision in a challenge for the WBU featherweight title.
On 9 December 2006, Simpson fought Andy Morris in his third challenge for the British featherweight title. Simpson claimed the title after stopping Morris in the 5th round. The fight was stopped after referee John Keane deemed that a cut over Morris' left eye was too severe to allow the fight to continue. Morris' trainer Bob Shannon has argued that his fighter should have been allowed to continue.
On 10 March 2007, Simpson lost a controversial points decision to Derry Mathews in a contest for the WBU featherweight title. Matthews was floored in the first round before Simpson was badly cut by an accidental headbutt. Mathews went on to be deducted points in the 6th and 9th rounds for hitting behind the head and holding. Despite the deductions and the knockdown, Mathews was awarded a wide points decision with scores of 118-112, 117-110 and 113-111. It was later announced that two of the ringside judges had failed to deduct the two points Mathews lost from their scorecards.
British title defences
On 6 August 2007, Simpson defended his British featherweight title with a fifth-round knockout of Ryan Barrett.
On 7 September 2007, Simpson fought Andy Morris for a third time and defeated him via a seventh-round knockout to defend his British title. After the fight, Simpson said "I hope I can go on to bigger and better things now. Hopefully now I can go on to European and World titles, I started boxing to win a World title and that is my ambition".
On 6 June 2008, Simpson lost his British featherweight title to Paul Appleby in a close unanimous points decision.
On 28 November 2008, Simpson returned to the ring to defeat Kenyan John Gicharu on points over 8 rounds.
On 16 January 2009, Simpson travelled to Middlesbrough to meet Paul Truscott for Truscott's Commonwealth featherweight Championship. The fight ended in victory for Simpson following a clash of heads which caused the fight to be stopped on cuts in the 8th round. On 4 September 2009 Simpson made his first defence against the man he had beaten for the title. The fight once again took place in Middlesbrough and saw the Scotsman retain his title this time stopping Truscott in the 10th round with both fighters contesting a furiously paced bout.
|Win||Paul Truscott||TKO||8 (12), 0.54||16 January 2009||Middlesbrough, England||Won Commonwealth Featherweight title|
|Loss||Paul Appleby||Decision (unanimous)||12||6 June 2008||Glasgow, Scotland||Lost British Featherweight title.|
|Win||Andy Morris||TKO||7 (12), 0.53||7 September 2007||London, England||Defended British Feathweight title.|
|Win||Ryan Barrett||KO||5 (12), 2.50||6 August 2007||London, England||Defended British Feathweight title.|
|Loss||Derry Mathews||Decision (unanimous)||12||10 March 2007||Liverpool, England||Bout for Matthews' WBU Featherweight title.|
|Win||Andy Morris||TKO||5 (12), 2.27||9 December 2006||London, England||Won British Featherweight title.|
|Loss||Stephen Foster Jr.||Decision (unanimous)||12||1 April 2006||London, England||Bout for Foster's WBU Featherweight title.|
|Loss||Andy Morris||Decision (unanimous)||12||5 November 2005||Glasgow, Scotland||Bout for vacant British Featherweight title.|
|Loss||Dazzo Williams||Decision||12||5 November 2004||Hereford, England||Bout for Williams' British Featherweight title.|
|British Featherweight Champion
9 December 2006 – 6 June 2008
|Commonwealth Featherweight Champion
16 January 2009 – present