Johnny Nelson

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Johnny Nelson
Johnny Nelson 2015.png
Nelson in 2015
Statistics
Real name Ivanson Ranny Nelson
Nickname(s) The Entertainer
Weight(s)
Height 6 ft 2 12 in (189 cm)
Reach 81 in (206 cm)
Nationality British
Born (1967-01-04) 4 January 1967 (age 50)
Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 59
Wins 45
Wins by KO 29
Losses 12
Draws 2

Ivanson Ranny "Johnny" Nelson[1] (born 4 January 1967) is a British former professional boxer who competed from 1986 to 2005. He is currently the longest reigning cruiserweight world champion of all time, having held the WBO title from 1999 to 2005, making thirteen successful defences, a record shared with Marco Huck. Nelson also held the British cruiserweight title twice, from 1989 to 1990 and 1996 to 1997; and the European cruiserweight title twice, from 1990 to 1992 and 1997 to 1998.

Professional 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.

Life after boxing[edit]

Nelson currently works as 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 did not reunite with his biological father until he was in his thirties.[1] In 2010, Nelson published his autobiography, Hard Road to Glory.

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
59 fights 45 wins 12 losses
By knockout 29 1
By decision 16 10
By disqualification 0 1
Draws 2
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
59 Win 45–12–2 Italy Vincenzo Cantatore SD 12 26 Nov 2005 Italy Palazzetto dello Sport, Rome, Italy Retained WBO cruiserweight title
58 Win 44–12–2 Germany Rüdiger May TKO 7 (12), 2:29 9 Apr 2004 Germany Grugahalle, Essen, Germany Retained WBO cruiserweight title
57 Win 43–12–2 Bosnia and Herzegovina Alexander Petkovic MD 12 15 Nov 2003 Germany Oberfrankenhalle, Bayreuth, Germany Retained WBO cruiserweight title
56 Draw 42–12–2 Panama Guillermo Jones SD 12 23 Nov 2002 United Kingdom Storm Arena, Derby, England Retained WBO cruiserweight title
55 Win 42–12–1 United States Ezra Sellers KO 8 (12), 2:39 4 Jun 2002 Denmark Circus Building, Copenhagen, Denmark Retained WBO cruiserweight title
54 Win 41–12–1 Russia Alexander Vasiliev UD 12 24 Nov 2001 United Kingdom York Hall, London, England Won vacant WBU heavyweight title
53 Win 40–12–1 Argentina Marcelo Domínguez UD 12 21 Jul 2001 United Kingdom Ponds Forge, Sheffield, England Retained WBO cruiserweight title
52 Win 39–12–1 Brazil George Arias UD 12 27 Jan 2001 United Kingdom York Hall, London, England Retained WBO cruiserweight title
51 Win 38–12–1 Australia Adam Watt KO 5 (12), 2:12 10 Jul 2000 United Kingdom The Dome Leisure Centre, Doncaster, England Retained WBO cruiserweight title
50 Win 37–12–1 Italy Pietro Aurino TKO 7 (12), 2:23 4 Aug 2000 United Kingdom York Hall, London, England Retained WBO cruiserweight title
49 Win 36–12–1 France Christophe Girard KO 4 (12), 2:34 11 Jun 1999 United Kingdom Kingsway Leisure Centre, Widnes, England Retained WBO cruiserweight title
48 Win 35–12–1 Tonga Sione Asipeli UD 12 18 Sep 1999 United States Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, US Retained WBO cruiserweight title
47 Win 34–12–1 Canada Willard Lewis TKO 4 (12), 3:00 8 Jul 1999 United Kingdom Goresbrook Leisure Centre, London, England Retained WBO cruiserweight title
46 Win 33–12–1 United Kingdom Bruce Scott UD 12 15 May 1999 United Kingdom Ponds Forge, Sheffield, England Retained WBO cruiserweight title
45 Win 32–12–1 United Kingdom Carl Thompson TKO 5 (12), 1:42 27 Mar 1999 United Kingdom Storm Arena, Derby, England Won WBO cruiserweight title
44 Win 31–12–1 Nigeria Peter Oboh RTD 6 (8), 3:00 18 Jul 1998 United Kingdom Sheffield Arena, Sheffield, England
43 Win 30–12–1 Belgium Dirk Wallyn TKO 1 (12), 1:13 10 Nov 1997 United Kingdom Sheffield Arena, Sheffield, England Retained European cruiserweight title
42 Win 29–12–1 United Kingdom Michael Murray PTS 4 19 Jul 1997 United Kingdom Wembley Arena, London, England
41 Win 28–12–1 France Patrice Aouissi KO 7 (12) 22 Feb 1997 France Berck, France Won vacant European cruiserweight title
40 Win 27–12–1 United Kingdom Dennis Andries TKO 7 (12), 1:50 14 Dec 1996 United Kingdom Sheffield, England Won vacant British cruiserweight title
39 Win 26–12–1 United Kingdom Tony Booth KO 2 (6), 2:07 20 Jan 1996 United Kingdom Leisure Centre, Mansfield, England
38 Loss 25–12–1 Brazil Adílson Rodrigues UD 12 3 Dec 1995 Brazil Ginásio Carlos Nélson Bueno, Mogi Guaçu, Brazil For WBF (Federation) heavyweight title
37 Loss 25–11–1 Brazil Adílson Rodrigues PTS 12 22 Aug 1995 Brazil Osasco, Brazil Lost WBF (Federation) heavyweight title
36 Win 25–10–1 Kazakhstan Nikolay Kulpin UD 12 5 Nov 1994 Thailand Chiangrai Stadium, Chiang Rai, Thailand Retained WBF (Federation) heavyweight title
35 Loss 24–10–1 United Kingdom Henry Akinwande PTS 10 4 May 1994 United Kingdom York Hall, London, England
34 Win 24–9–1 Samoa Jimmy Thunder UD 12 19 Nov 1993 New Zealand Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand Won WBF (Federation) heavyweight title
33 Loss 23–9–1 Uganda Franco Wanyama DQ 10 (12) 10 Jan 1993 Belgium Waregem, Belgium Lost WBF (Federation) cruiserweight title;
Nelson disqualified for repeated fouls
32 Win 23–8–1 United Kingdom Tom Collins TKO 1 (12) 4 Nov 1993 United Kingdom Leisure Centre, Mansfield, England Retained WBF (Federation) cruiserweight title
31 Win 22–8–1 Australia Dave Russell TKO 11 (12) 30 Apr 1993 Australia Festival Hall, Melbourne, Australia Won WBF (Federation) cruiserweight title
30 Loss 21–8–1 South Africa Corrie Sanders UD 10 24 Oct 1992 South Africa Morula Sun Casino, Mabopane, South Africa
29 Loss 21–7–1 France Norbert Ekassi TKO 3 (8) 14 Aug 1992 France Ajaccio, France
28 Loss 21–6–1 United States James Warring UD 12 16 May 1992 United States Hugo's Nightclub, Bealeton, Virginia, US For IBF cruiserweight title
27 Win 21–5–1 Belgium Yves Monsieur TKO 8 (12), 2:35 3 Dec 1991 United Kingdom Leisure Centre, Mansfield, England Retained European cruiserweight title
26 Win 20–5–1 Germany Markus Bott TKO 12 (12) 14 Dec 1990 Germany Europahalle, Karlsruhe, Germany Won vacant European cruiserweight title
25 Win 19–5–1 United States Andre Smith PTS 8 9 May 1990 United Kingdom Brighton Centre, Brighton, England
24 Win 18–5–1 United States Arthur Weathers TKO 2 (8), 0:25 27 Jun 1990 United Kingdom Royal Albert Hall, London, England
23 Win 17–5–1 United Kingdom Lou Gent KO 4 (12), 1:49 28 Mar 1990 United Kingdom York Hall, London, England Retained British cruiserweight title
22 Win 16–5–1 United States Dino Homsey TKO 7 (8) 14 Feb 1990 United Kingdom International Centre, Brentwood, England
21 Draw 15–5–1 Puerto Rico Carlos de León SD 12 27 Jan 1990 United Kingdom City Hall, Sheffield, England For WBC cruiserweight title
20 Win 15–5 United Kingdom Ian Bulloch KO 2 (12) 10 Feb 1989 United Kingdom Victoria Hall, Hanley, England Retained British cruiserweight title
19 Win 14–5 United Kingdom Andy Straughn TKO 8 (12) 21 May 1989 United Kingdom Finsbury Park Majestic Ballroom, London, England Won British cruiserweight title
18 Win 13–5 United States Steve Mormino TKO 2 (8), 1:56 4 Apr 1989 United Kingdom City Hall, Sheffield, England
17 Win 12–5 United Kingdom Danny Lawford TKO 2 (10), 0:53 26 Oct 1988 United Kingdom City Hall, Sheffield, England Won vacant British Central Area cruiserweight title
16 Win 11–5 United Kingdom Andrew Gerrard PTS 8 31 Aug 1988 United Kingdom Kings Hall, Stoke-on-Trent, England
15 Win 10–5 United Kingdom Lennie Howard KO 2 (8) 6 Jun 1988 United Kingdom Hilton, London, England
14 Win 9–5 United Kingdom Crawford Ashley PTS 8 5 Apr 1988 United Kingdom Midlands Sporting Club, Solihull, England
13 Win 8–5 United Kingdom Kenny Jones KO 1 (8), 1:40 25 Apr 1988 United Kingdom Montrose Club, Liverpool, England
12 Win 7–5 United Kingdom Cordwell Hylton KO 1 (8) 24 Feb 1988 United Kingdom City Hall, Sheffield, England
11 Loss 6–5 United Kingdom Dennis Bailey PTS 8 2 Jan 1988 United Kingdom Derngate Theatre, Northampton, England
10 Win 6–4 United Kingdom Jon McBean TKO 6 (8) 14 Dec 1987 United Kingdom The Tower Ballroom, Birmingham, England
9 Win 5–4 United Kingdom Byron Pullen TKO 3 (8) 6 Mar 1987 United Kingdom Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre, London, England
8 Loss 4–4 United Kingdom Brian Schumacher PTS 8 28 Apr 1987 United Kingdom North Bridge Leisure Centre, Halifax, England
7 Win 4–3 United Kingdom Sean Daly TKO 1 (8), 0:52 4 Oct 1987 United Kingdom The Ritz, Manchester, England
6 Win 3–3 United Kingdom Doug Young PTS 6 3 Feb 1987 United Kingdom Ladbroke Mercury Hotel, Huddersfield, England
5 Win 2–3 United Kingdom George Carmen PTS 6 19 Jan 1987 United Kingdom Grosvenor House Hotel, London, England
4 Win 1–3 United Kingdom Chris Little PTS 6 20 Nov 1986 United Kingdom Quaffers Club, Bredbury, England
3 Loss 0–3 Norway Magne Havnaa PTS 4 3 Oct 1986 Denmark Idrætshuset, Copenhagen, Denmark
2 Loss 0–2 United Kingdom Tommy Taylor PTS 6 15 May 1986 United Kingdom Brierley Hill Civic Hall, Dudley, England
1 Loss 0–1 United Kingdom Peter Brown PTS 6 18 Mar 1986 United Kingdom Westfield Country Club, Hull, England Professional debut

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "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)

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Sporting positions
Regional boxing titles
Vacant
Title last held by
Joe Threlfall
British Central Area cruiserweight champion
26 October 1988 – 21 May 1989
Won full title
Vacant
Title next held by
Tony Booth
Preceded by
Andy Straughn
British cruiserweight champion
21 May 1989 – December 1990
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Derek Angol
Vacant
Title last held by
Anaclet Wamba
European cruiserweight champion
14 December 1990 – May 1992
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Akim Tafer
Vacant
Title last held by
Terry Dunstan
British cruiserweight champion
14 December 1996 – November 1998
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Bruce Scott
Vacant
Title last held by
Akim Tafer
European cruiserweight champion
22 February 1997 – February 1998
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Terry Dunstan
Minor world boxing titles
Preceded by
Dave Russell
WBF (Federation) cruiserweight champion
30 April 1993 – 1 October 1993
Succeeded by
Franco Wanyama
Preceded by
Jimmy Thunder
WBF (Federation) heavyweight champion
19 November 1993 – 22 August 1995
Succeeded by
Adílson Rodrigues
Vacant
Title last held by
Hasim Rahman
WBU heavyweight champion
24 November 2001 – April 2002
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Georgi Kandelaki
Major world boxing titles
Preceded by
Carl Thompson
WBO cruiserweight champion
27 March 1999 – July 2006
Stripped
Vacant
Title next held by
Enzo Maccarinelli