Kirk Johnson

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Kirk Johnson
Real name Kirk Cyron Johnson
Rated at Heavyweight
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Reach 81 in (205.7 cm)
Nationality Canadian
Born (1972-06-29) June 29, 1972 (age 44)
North Preston, Nova Scotia
Boxing record
Total fights 42
Wins 38
Wins by KO 28
Losses 2
Draws 1
No contests 1

Kirk Cyron Johnson (born June 29, 1972) is a Canadian professional heavyweight boxer from North Preston, Nova Scotia.

Amateur career[edit]

Johnson represented Canada at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, where he lost in the quarter-finals against eventual silver medallist David Izon (Nigeria). His amateur record was 76 wins and 7 losses.

Pro career[edit]

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 Díaz 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[edit]

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[1] 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.[2] It will be awarded annually to a student from North Preston. Since 2003, 12 students have received awards.

Professional boxing record[edit]

37 Wins (27 knockouts, 10 decisions), 2 Losses (1 knockout, 1 decision), 1 Draw, 1 No Contest[3]
Result Record Opponent Type Rounds Date Location Notes
Win 38-2-1
1 NC
Canada Raymond Olubowale 6 28/11/2015 Canada Dartmouth Sportsplex, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
Win 37-2-1
1 NC
United States Douglas Robertson TKO 1 (4) 29/04/2010 Texas Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, Texas, United States Robertson down twice.
NC 36-2-1
1 NC
Mexico Javier Mora ND 7 (10) 03/03/2006 California 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 Cuba Yanqui Díaz TD 5 (10) 09/06/2005 California Pechanga Entertainment Center, Temecula, California, United States
Win 35-2-1 Mexico Gilbert Martinez TKO 8 (10) 08/07/2004 California Pechanga Entertainment Center, Temecula, California, United States Martinez stopped due to a cut at end of eighth round.
Loss 34-2-1 Ukraine Vitali Klitschko TKO 2 (12) 06/12/2003 New York (state) Madison Square Garden, New York City, United States WBC Heavyweight title eliminator.
Win 34-1-1 United States Lou Savarese TKO 4 (12) 15/03/2003 Texas Club Life, Dallas, Texas, United States Won WBO Inter-Continental Heavyweight title.
Win 33-1-1 United States Jeremy Bates KO 2 (8) 07/12/2002 Nevada Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, United States
Loss 32-1-1 United States John Ruiz DQ 10 (12) 27/07/2002 Nevada Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, United States For WBA Heavyweight title. Johnson DQ'd for low blows.
Win 32-0-1 United States Larry Donald UD 12 07/07/2001 New York (state) KeySpan Park, Brooklyn, New York, United States WBA Heavyweight title eliminator.
Win 31-0-1 United States Derrick Banks KO 1 (10) 28/04/2001 Indiana Civic Center, LaPorte, Indiana, United States
Win 30-0-1 Russia Oleg Maskaev KO 4 (12) 07/10/2000 Connecticut Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut, United States Won PABA Heavyweight title.
Win 29-0-1 United States Marcus Johnson TKO 2 (10) 27/01/2000 New York (state) Hammerstein Ballroom, New York City, United States
Win 28-0-1 Puerto Rico Rodolfo Marin KO 1 (10) 07/10/1999 Michigan Soaring Eagle Casino, Mount Pleasant, Michigan, United States
Win 27-0-1 United States Alfred Cole UD 10 20/03/1999 Washington (state) Emerald Queen Casino, Mount Tacoma, Washington, United States
Draw 26-0-1 United States Alfred Cole PTS 10 08/12/1998 New York (state) Roseland Ballroom, New York City, United States
Win 26–0 United States Levi Billups UD 10 06/08/1998 Idaho Coeur d'Alene Casino, Worley, Idaho, United States
Win 25–0 United States Eric Curry TKO 1 (10) 09/05/1998 New Jersey Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 24–0 United States Rocky Pepeli TKO 1 (10) 02/04/1998 New York (state) Erie County College, Buffalo, New York, United States
Win 23–0 United States Louis Monaco TKO 7 (10) 12/07/1997 Mississippi Grand Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi, United States
Win 22–0 Jamaica Everton Davis TKO 8 (10) 11/03/1997 Mississippi Casino Magic, Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi, United States Davis knocked down in the 2nd and eighth rounds. Johnson down in the 5th.
Win 21–0 United States Terry McGroom TKO 8 (10) 16/11/1996 New Jersey Ballys Park Place Hotel Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 20–0 United States Danell Nicholson UD 10 23/08/1996 New Jersey Ballys Park Place Hotel Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 19–0 United States Darren Hayden TKO 1 (10) 12/06/1996 New Jersey Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 18–0 United States Mike Dixon TKO 1 (8) 07/03/1996 Alberta Convention Centre, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Win 17–0 United States Art Bayliss TKO 1 (8) 25/01/1996 Ontario International Plaza Hotel, Toronto, Canada
Win 16–0 United States Bradley Rone PTS 8 21/12/1995 Louisiana Bossier City, Louisiana, United States
Win 15–0 United States Nathaniel Fitch PTS 10 07/07/1995 Louisiana Bossier City Civic Center, Bossier City, Louisiana, United States
Win 14–0 United States Matt Green KO 1 (8) 03/05/1995 New York (state) Lexington Avenue Armory, New York City, United States
Win 13–0 United States Ron Gullette KO 1 (8) 29/03/1995  New York City, United States
Win 12–0 United States Marion Wilson UD 8 03/02/1995 Pennsylvania Fernwood Resort, Bushkill, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 11–0 United States Tyrone Evans KO 8 (8) 05/11/1994 Nevada MGM Grand, Las Vegas, United States
Win 10–0 United States Keith McMurray KO 3 (10) 12/10/1994 New Mexico The Pit, Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
Win 9–0 United States George O'Mara KO 1 (8) 09/09/1994 California Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, United States
Win 8–0 United States Ross Puritty UD 6 05/05/1994 California Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, United States
Win 7–0 Canada Dave Fiddler TKO 2 (6) 17/02/1994 Alberta Convention Centre, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Win 6–0 United States Kelvin Hayden KO 1 (6) 16/12/1993 Connecticut Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States
Win 5–0 United States Willie Johnson KO 3 (6) 27/10/1993 New Jersey Ballys Park Place Hotel Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 4–0 United States Bryant Smith PTS 6 06/10/1993 New Jersey Harrah's Marina Hotel Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 3–0 United States Ed Donaldson KO 5 (6) 30/08/1993 Missouri Kemper Arena, Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Win 2–0 United States Earl Talley KO 1 (4) 07/06/1993 Nevada Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, United States
Win 1–0 United States Andre Smiley TKO 3 (4) 04/04/1993 Nevada Aladdin Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, United States Pro debut for Johnson.


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  2. ^ CBC News: Boxer Johnson wins Racism Complaint. December 23, 2003 Retrieved 29 December 2008
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