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Johnny Wilson
(Giovanni Francisco Panica)

BORN   March 23 1893; New York, New York
DIED December 8 1985; Boston, Massachusetts
HEIGHT 5-9
WEIGHT 145-164 lbs
MANAGERSS.
Martin Killilea, Frank Marlowe

Wilson was a competent, left-handed fighter who was not impressive but delivered hard punches; He associated with gangsters and was involved in several questionable fights during his career; Johnny operated a nightclub in New York after he retired from boxing; During his career, he won the Middleweight Championship of the World

Wilson defeated such men as Mike O'Dowd, Jock Malone, George Robinson, "Fighting" Billy Murray, Young Ahearn, Bob "K.O." Sweeney, Art McGirl, Leo Houck, Augie Ratner and Pat McCarthy

1911
Dec    George Cunningham          New York, NY                       KO  2

1912
Jan    Al King                    New York, NY                       ND  4
Jan    Red O'Keefe                New York, NY                       KO  2
       Frankie Farley             New York, NY                       KO  3
       Steve Callahan                                                ND  6
       Frankie Young                                                 KO  4
       Dodo Maher                                                    ND  6
       Red O'Keefe                                                   KO  2
       Jimmy Riley                                                   KO  3
       Kid Bolt                                                      ND  6
       Joe Fox                                                       ND  6
       Frankie McGarry                                               KO  7
       Charlie "Kid" Albert                                          KO  1
       Heinie Ferino                                                 ND  6
       Freddie Gunther                                               ND  6
       Tommy O'Keefe                                                 KO  4
       Young Sally                                                   KO  1
       Johnny "Kid" Alberts                                          LT  7
          -Some sources report "L 7"
Nov  1 Willie Collins             Brooklyn, NY                       NC  6
          -Some sources report "KO 7"
       Red Cleary                                                    KO  4
          -Some sources report "Red Gleary"
       Billy McGrave                                                 KO  1
       Eddie Smith                                                   KO  2
       Young Kenny                                                   KO  2
       Charile Smith                                                 ND 10

1913
Jan 18 Paul Dixon                 Brooklyn, NY                       LK  5
       Young Victor               Philadelphia, Pa                   ND  6
       Fred Walsh                                                    KO  3
       Mike Farrell                                                  KO  1
       Joe Marto                                                     KO  6
Jun  8 Fighting Kennedy           New York, NY                       ND 10
Sep  5 John "Young" McCartney     Philadelphia, Pa                   ND  6
          -Some sources report "ND 10"
Oct 27 Sailor Donahue             New York, NY                       KO  2
       "Battling" Jack Nelson     New York, NY                       ND 10
Dec  8 Fighting Kennedy           New York, NY                       ND 10

1914
Jan  9 Bob "K.O." Sweeney         New York, NY                       ND 10
Feb 23 Fighting Kennedy           Staten Island, NY                  ND 10
Apr  3 Jimmy Fryer                New York, NY                       ND 10
Apr 11 Jimmy Fryer                Philadelphia, Pa                   LT  4
          -Reports vary - "L 4" - "LF 4" at "New York, NY"
May 27 "Westside" Jimmy Duffy     New York, NY                       ND 10
Aug 21 Walter McGirr              New York, NY                       KO  3
          -Some sources report "KO 4"
Aug 29 Joe Fox                    New York, NY                       KO  3
Oct  5 Frank Carbone              New York, NY                       ND 10

1915
Jan  9 Bob "K.O." Sweeney         New York, NY                       ND 10
Feb 22 Red "Kid" Tucker           New York, NY                       KO  1
Mar 16 Chick Nelson               Far Rockaway, NY                   ND 10
Mar 19 Billy Bush                 New York, NY                       ND 10
Apr 17 "Young" Kid Broad          New York, NY                       KO  5
May  1 Mike Mazie                 Brooklyn, NY                       ND 10
May 27 Bob "K.O." Sweeney         New York, NY                       ND 10
Nov    Battling McFarland         Boston, Ma                          L 12

1916
Jan 21 Bob "K.O." Sweeney         Boston, Ma                          W 12
Jan 26 "Wild" Bill Fleming        Providence, RI                      L 12
          -Some sources report "Boston, Ma"
Feb 22 Joe White                  Gloucester, Ma                      L 10
Feb 24 Tommy Robson               Lawrence, Ma                        L 12
Mar    Johnny Mello                                                   W  8
Apr    Young Jasper                                                  KO  2
May 30 Frankie Notter             Pittsfield, Ma                     ND 12
Jun    Al Rogers                  Pittsfield, Ma                     ND 12
Jul    Jack Donnelly                                                 KO  8
Jul 28 Jimmy Farren               Boston, Ma                         KO  3
Aug    Roddy McDonald                                                 W 12
Sep 19 Roddy McDonald             Halifax, NS, Can                   KO 12
Oct    Battling McFarland                                            KO  9
Oct    Silent Martin                                                  L 12
Dec    Jack Savage                                                    W 12
Dec    Al Rogers                  Bangor, Me                         ND 12

1917
Jan    Al Nelson                                                     ND 12
Jan 19 George Robinson            Boston, Ma                          L 12
          -Some sources report 1/20/17;
           Some sources report "L 10"
Mar    Al Nelson                                                     KO  1
Apr 13 Jack Savage                Fitchburg, Ma                       W 12
May 13 Joe White                                                     LF  4
Sep    Carl Herz                                                      W 10
Oct 19 Victor Dahl                Newport, RI                         W 12
Dec    Jack Savage                                                    W 12
          -Some sources report a third 1917 Wilson-Savage
            bout with Wilson winning by a "W 12" verdict
Dec    Roddy McDonald                                                 L 15
Dec 14 Art Magirl                 Newport, RI                        KO  3

1918
Jan 28 Victor Dahl                Chelsea, Ma                        KO  1
          -Some sources report "Boston, Ma"
Mar 11 Leo Houck                  Boston, Ma                          L 12
Mar 27 Leo Houck                  Boston, Ma                          W 12
Apr 10 Frank Carbone              Newport, RI                        LK  1
          -Some sources report "LF 3"
May  6 Augie Ratner               Chelsea, Ma                         W 12
Oct    Pinkey Crosby                                                 KO  3

1919
Feb    Scott Coyne                                                   KO  3
Mar    Matthew Danielson                                             KO  1
Apr 17 Pat McCarthy               Lawrence, Ma                        D 10
May  5 Pat McCarthy               Boston, Ma                          W 10
May 12 Young Fisher               Boston, Ma                          W 12
Jun    "Battling Joe Carroll                                         KO  2
Jul  3 George Robinson            Bangor, Me                         ND 12
          -Some sources report "Nov 1919"
Jul    Cyclone Scottie                                               KO  4
Aug 25 Young Ahearn               Boston, Ma                         KO  6
Oct 20 Young Ahearn               Boston, Ma                         KO  1
Dec 25 Jack London                Webster, Ma                        KO  2

1920
Mar  9 "Fighting" Billy Murray    Lynn, Ma                           KO  2
Apr  7 Pal Reed                   Boston, Ma                          W 12
May  6 Mike O'Dowd                Boston, Ma                          W 12
          -Middleweight Championship of the World
Jul  1 Jacob "Soldier" Bartfield  Newark, NJ                         ND 12
Jul 20 Young Fisher               Syracuse, NY                       ND 10
Aug  2 Steve Choynski             Buffalo, NY                        KO  5
          -Some sources report "ND 10"
Dec  9 George Robinson            Montreal, Que, Can                 ND 10

1921
Jan 17 Joe Chip                   Pittsburgh, Pa                     ND 10
Feb 10 Navy Rostan                Kenosha, Wi                        KO  2
Mar 17 Mike O'Dowd                New York, NY                        W 15
          -Middleweight Championship of the World
           (as recognized by New York state);
           Some sources report 3/18/21
May 15 Joe Chip                   Detroit, Mi                        ND 10
          -Some sources report 5/25/21
Jul 15 George Robinson            Boston, Ma                          W 10
          -This bout was scheduled as a Middleweight Championship
           of the World contest but Robinson came in overweight
           and the bout was fought as a non-title contest
Jul 27 William Bryan Downey       Cleveland, Oh                      LT  7
          -Middleweight Championship of the World;
           Referee Jimmy Gardner declared Wilson the winner
           by foul; The Cleveland Boxing Commission declared
           Downey the winner by a "TK 7" verdict; The Ohio
           Boxing Federation then confirmed Downey as the 
           Middleweight Champion
Sep  5 William Bryan Downey       Jersey City, NJ                    ND 12
          -Middleweight Championship of the World

1922
Apr 21 Reuben "K.O." Jaffe        Hazleton, Pa                       NC  4
          -This bout was stopped by the referee
Jul  4 Al DeMaris                 Rutland, Vt                        KO  4
          -Some sources report "Al Demerest"

1923
Apr 22 Jim Montgomery             Scranton, Pa                       ND 10
May 22 Eddie Carter               Atlantic City, NJ                  ND  8
          -Some sources report "ND 12"
Aug 31 Harry Greb                 New York, NY                        L 15
          -Middleweight Championship of the World
Oct 19 George Robinson            Boston, Ma                          W 12
          -Some sources report "W 10"
Nov 16 Pal Reed                   Boston, Ma                          W 12
          -Some sources report "W 10"
Dec 18 Pat McCarthy               Boston, Ma                         TK  3

1924
Jan 18 Harry Greb                 New York, NY                        L 15
          -Middleweight Championship of the World
Jan 29 Pal Reed                   Boston, Ma                          W 10
Feb 12 Tommy Loughran             Boston, Ma                          L 10
Jul 29 Jock Malone                Boston, Ma                         KO  6
Sep 17 Jock Malone                St. Paul, Mn                       ND 10
          -Some sources report 9/18/24
Dec  9 Theodore "Tiger" Flowers   New York, NY                       LT  3

1925
Apr 17 Harry Greb                 Boston, Ma                          L 10

1926
Jun 10 Rocky Marion               Richmond, Va                       KO  5
Aug 27 Maxie Rosenbloom           Brooklyn, NY                        L 12
Sep 24 Chief Halbran              Stamford, Ct                       KO  4
Oct  4 Maxie Rosenbloom           Pittsburgh, Pa                      L 10


*** The Following Bout Is Reported But Not Confirmed ***

1919
       Young Ahearn                                                   D 12


*** Assistance Was Provided By Ron Brammer (Columbia, Md) ***


Record courtesy of Tracy Callis, Historian, International Boxing Research Organization
 

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