Boxing Champion ‘ Reggie Sweet Johnson ‘
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Reggie Sweet Johnson (born August 28, 1966) is an American former professional boxer who competed from 1984 to 2008. He is a two-weight world champion, having held the WBA middleweight title from 1992 to 1993, and the IBF light heavyweight title from 1998 to 1999.
Reggie “Sweet” Johnson was born on August 28. 1966 in Houston Texas. Reggie grew up in Houston’s tough “fifth ward” neighborhood and when he was 12 years old his uncle took him to the Salvation Army Boys Club where he first learned to box. At the gym, Johnson quickly found a mentor in James Carter a local boxing coach. Coach Carter taught Reggie the sport of boxing and mentored him for life outside of the ring. While Reggie felt that he was a natural and boxing was his niche in life, things didn’t start smoothly for him. Johnson lost his first 4 amateur fights, including being disqualified in his first fight for slapping. In a short period of time after beginning his amateur career, Johnson’s raw talent was developed into great boxing skill, and Reggie Johnson became one of the best amateurs in the United States. Reggie was a member of the United States Boxing team and won both national and international tournaments. In the 1984 Olympic Trials he lost a 3-2 decision to Frank Tate. At the end of 1984 Reggie turned pro after compiling an amateur record of 96-12. The relationship that Reggie formed with James Carter and the others at the Salvation Army gym influence Reggie’s life even to this day. Reggie is active in the Houston community with performing various charity work, and calls James carter the greatest influence on his life.
Reggie began his pro career with a fourth round win over journeyman Mark Henderson in Pasadena, Texas on August 14th, 1984. After that win Johnson steadily rose through the middleweight ranks going from prospect, to contender, before getting his first world title shot against James Tony on June 29th, 1991. With a record of 29-1-1 Johnson a 2-1 underdog, faced the undefeated Tony. The underdog started with a bang, putting Tony on the canvas for the first time in his career, before ultimately losing a split decision. To this day Johnson still feels he was on the wrong end of the decision. Johnson recovered from the defeat, and in April 1992 he defeated Steve Collins to become the WBA Middle Weight Champion. Reggie was able to successfully defend his title three times before losing the title to John David Jackson in Argentina, another decision Johnson did not agree with. Despite two opportunities, Johnson was never able to regain his WBA Middleweight title.
On February 6th 1998 Reggie moved up to Light heavyweight to face IBF Champion William Guthrie. In a fight that was scheduled for 12 rounds Johnson scored a stunning knockout in the 5th round. Johnson successfully defended his title twice before losing his title in a unification bout against Roy Jones Jr. on June 5th, 1999. Reggie fought 3 more times successfully in the Light Heavyweight division before losing to Antonio Tarver on January 25th, 2002 via a 12 round split decision. Reggie then became inactive for three and half years before returning to face and defeat via knockout journeyman Fred Moore on August of 2005. After another two and half years of inactivity, Johnson returned to the ring for the final time on February 23rd 2008 to face and defeat via a 12 round split decision former Light Heavyweight champion Julio Cesar Gonzalez. While many have reported that the extended breaks between Johnson’s last fights were retirements, Reggie has gone on the record to state that he has never retired, not even to this day and that it was management disputes that lead to the lack of activity.
During this time Boxer Johnson is preparing to organize his world tournament after the Pandemic Time. The purpose of the Tournament is based on his unique experience of various ventures in the field of sports but at the same time to motivate our young people and fans around the world. Johnson thinks it is a great commitment and responsibility to organize everything in the necessary socio-sports services and to help the world market to encourage young and undiscovered talents. Its purpose is to show the power of unity and solidarity in many respects. Johnson is coming up with a big project which will raise awareness of many sporting causes in the world and will profile many young people through his influence internationally.