|Real name||Wayne Johnsen|
|Rated at||Super Middleweight|
September 7, 1977 |
Newark, New Jersey
|Wins by KO||9|
Wayne Johnsen (born September 7, 1977) is a professional American boxer.
Born and raised in Lyndhurst, New Jersey, Johnsen is a carpenter and soon[when?] to be married to Gianna Caruso his high school sweetheart. Both Wayne (2008 inductee) and Gianna (2006 inductee) are Hall of Famers for their high school St.Marys in Rutherford, NJ, her for softball and him for football.
While on a football scholarship at the University of New Haven, Johnson, a standout athlete in several sports, blew out his knee and turned to boxing to stay in shape for football. Johnsen was soon recognized in the boxing community as a rising star. The former NJ Golden Glove Finalist served as a sparring partner for world middleweight champion Jermain Taylor as Taylor prepared for his October 23 rematch against Bernard Hopkins.
He was one of the featured boxers on the boxing reality television series, The Contender 3, which premiered September 4, 2007 on ESPN. He was knocked out by Jaidon Codrington one minute and seventeen seconds into the first round of the sixth fight of the show. Johnsen lost the Bronze medal match versus Sam Soliman to finish in 4th place in the tournament.
- The Union City Reporter; January 20, 2008; Page 13.
- "Saint Mary Athletic Hall of Fame – Inductees". St. Mary High School., Retrieved 2013-06-03.
- South Bergen Sports Area Roundup 06/21/07