Johnny Lira boxer

Johnny Lira boxer
bouts
37
won
30
lost
6
draw
1
Status
inactive
Division
super lightweight
Debut
1976-11-17
Height
5′ 9″/175cm
Reach
69″/175cm
Age
61
Born
1951-07-31
Death
2012-12-08
Nationality
USA

Lira won the Chicago Novice Golden Gloves championship at middleweight. As a professional, Lira went on to win the United States Boxing Association lightweight title by knocking out undefeated, Andrew Ganigan in the sixth round in August 1978, having started his pro career undefeated in his first 18 professional bouts. In August 1979, Lira fought for the World Boxing Association Lightweight title and lost to then champion Ernesto Espana in his only world title opportunity. Before losing, Lira had knocked Espana down to the canvas, but was unable to finish him. Lira boxed professionally from 1976 to 1984, compiling a record of 29 wins, 6 losses, and 1 draw, with 16 knockouts. Lira retired at age 34 after a ten round decision loss to Russell Mitchell in Illinois in 1984.Lira later underwent liver transplant surgery to save his life. Appearing in relatively good health for many years after 'the fight of his life', Lira taught amateur boxing to children at the Union League Boys and Girls Club, and made public appearances at boxing cards in the Chicago area. Lira died of Stage 3 of 4 CTE (not liver disease as many think) at age 61 in his native Chicago, Illinois, on Saturday, December 8, 2012. His brain was donated to Boston University, where CTE was observed. He was survived by his four children: daughters and his son.

Date Opponent Last Opponents' Results Place Result
1984-09-22 Russell Mitchell WLLDWL Forestview High School, Arlington Heights LOST
Unanimous decision
1983-12-20 Sammy Matos LWDWLL Americana Congress Hotel, Chicago WIN
Technical knockout
1983-07-28 Nate Stewart DLLDLL Americana Congress Hotel, Chicago WIN
Points
1982-12-13 Carl Crowley LLLLLW Aragon Ballroom, Chicago WIN
Split-decision
1982-10-13 Anthony Travis LLLWLD Circle Campus, Chicago WIN
Unanimous decision
1982-07-02 Alfredo Escalera WWLWLW Auditorium, Miami Beach LOST
Majority decision
1982-05-11 Trevor Evelyn DWWDWW Tropicana Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City WIN
Points
1982-03-11 Al Ford WWLLLW Aragon Ballroom, Chicago WIN
Unanimous decision
1982-02-12 Marion Thomas LWLWLW Triton College, River Grove WIN
Technical knockout
1981-08-18 Willie Rodriguez WLWLWW Blaisdell Center Arena, Honolulu LOST
Technical knockout
1981-05-11 Mike Blunt WWWWWL Palace Theatre, Cincinnati WIN
Technical knockout
1981-03-24 Nick Furlano WWWWLW Paul Sauve Arena, Montreal LOST
Unanimous decision
1981-03-09 Bobby Plegge LWWLLW Conrad Hilton Hotel, Chicago WIN
Unanimous decision
1980-12-06 Howard Davis Jr WWWWWL Caesars Tahoe, Stateline LOST
Unanimous decision
1980-09-10 Chico Rodriguez WLLLLL Cicero Stadium, Cicero WIN
KO
1980-08-14 Leoncio Meza WLWLLL International Amphitheatre, Chicago WIN
KO
1980-07-10 Pedro Acosta LWLLLL Circle Campus, Chicago WIN
Unanimous decision
1979-08-04 Ernesto Espana WWWWWW Conrad Hilton Hotel, Chicago LOST
Technical knockout
1979-04-27 Tom Tarantino LLWLLW DePaul Alumni Hall, Chicago WIN
Technical knockout
1978-12-08 Larry Stanton WDLWLL Madison Square Garden, New York WIN
Unanimous decision
1978-08-01 Andy Ganigan WWWWWW Blaisdell Center Arena, Honolulu WIN
KO
1978-01-23 Rogelio Castaneda LLWWWW Sahara Hotel, Las Vegas WIN
Points
1977-08-24 Manuel Lopez LWWWWD Marina Hotel, Las Vegas WIN
Unanimous decision
1977-08-03 Manuel Lopez WLWWWW Marina Hotel, Las Vegas DRAW
Points
1977-06-08 Victor Hernandez WWL Silver Slipper, Las Vegas WIN
KO
1977-05-27 Victor Hernandez WW Marina Hotel, Las Vegas WIN
Unanimous decision
1977-04-27 Miguel Estrada LLWWWL Silver Slipper, Las Vegas WIN
Unanimous decision
1977-03-16 Juan Arcos LLDWLL Silver Slipper, Las Vegas WIN
KO
1977-03-02 Ignacio Castaneda LLLLLL Silver Slipper, Las Vegas WIN
KO
1977-02-23 Jimmy Ligons LWWLLL Silver Slipper, Las Vegas WIN
Unanimous decision
1977-02-09 Canelo Salinas LLLLLL Silver Slipper, Las Vegas WIN
Unanimous decision
1977-02-02 Frank Peralta L Silver Slipper, Las Vegas WIN
KO
1977-01-19 Ted Westbrook Silver Slipper, Las Vegas WIN
Technical knockout
1976-12-15 Jose Infante LLLLLL Silver Slipper, Las Vegas WIN
Technical knockout
1976-12-01 Tony Terraciano LL Silver Slipper, Las Vegas WIN
Unanimous decision
1976-11-24 Allen Gant LLLLLW Silver Slipper, Las Vegas WIN
Technical knockout
1976-11-17 Genaro Gloria W Silver Slipper, Las Vegas WIN
Technical knockout