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Johnny Owen boxer

Johnny Owen image
Status inactive
Age 24
Division bantamweight
Height 5′ 6″/168cm
Debut 1976-09-30
Born 1956-01-07
Death 1980-11-04
Nationality United Kingdom
Residence Merthyr Tydfil, Wales, United Kingdom
bouts
28
won
25
lost
2
draw
1
bouts
28
won
25
lost
2
draw
1
Status inactive
Age 24
Division bantamweight
Height 5′ 6″/168cm
Debut 1976-09-30
Born 1956-01-07
Death 1980-11-04
Nationality United Kingdom
Residence Merthyr Tydfil, Wales, United Kingdom

John Richard Owens (7 January 1956 – 4 November 1980) was a professional boxer from Wales who fought under the name Johnny Owen. His fragile appearance earned him many epithets, including 'the Bionic Bantam' and 'the Merthyr Matchstick'. During his brief career, he held the Bantamweight Championships of Great Britain and Europe and became the first ever Welsh holder of the Bantamweight Championship of the Commonwealth. He challenged champion Lupe Pintor for his version of the World Bantamweight title on 19 September 1980, losing a torturously difficult contest by way of twelfth round knockout. Owen never regained consciousness, fell into a coma and died seven weeks later. A statue commemorating his life and career was unveiled in Merthyr Tydfil in 2002.

John Richard Owens (7 January 1956 – 4 November 1980) was a professional boxer from Wales who fought under the name Johnny Owen. His fragile appearance earned him many epithets, including 'the Bionic Bantam' and 'the Merthyr Matchstick'. During his brief career, he held the Bantamweight Championships of Great Britain and Europe and became the first ever Welsh holder of the Bantamweight Championship of the Commonwealth. He challenged champion Lupe Pintor for his version of the World Bantamweight title on 19 September 1980, losing a torturously difficult contest by way of twelfth round knockout. Owen never regained consciousness, fell into a coma and died seven weeks later. A statue commemorating his life and career was unveiled in Merthyr Tydfil in 2002.

Date Opponent Last Opponents' Results Place Titles Result
Sept. 19, 1980 Lupe Pintor WWWLWD Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles World Boxing Council World Bantamweight

LOSS
KO
June 28, 1980 John Feeney WWWWWW Empire Pool, Wembley BBBofC British Bantamweight

Commonwealth (British Empire) Bantamweight

WIN
Points
Feb. 28, 1980 Juan Francisco Rodriguez WWLWD Leisure Centre, Ebbw Vale EBU European Bantamweight

WIN
Unanimous decision
Jan. 22, 1980 Glynne Davies LWDLWL National Sporting Club, Piccadilly WIN
Corner retirement
Nov. 29, 1979 Davey Vasquez LLLWLW Leisure Centre, Ebbw Vale WIN
Points
Oct. 4, 1979 Jose Luis Garcia L Leisure Centre, Ebbw Vale WIN
Technical knockout
Sept. 17, 1979 Neil McLaughlin LLLWWL St.Andrew's Sporting Club, Glasgow WIN
Points
June 13, 1979 Dave Smith LWLWLW Double Diamond Club, Caerphilly BBBofC British Bantamweight

Commonwealth (British Empire) Bantamweight

WIN
Technical knockout
May 10, 1979 Guy Caudron WWLLWW Sports Centre, Pontypool WIN
Points
April 19, 1979 Lee Graham DLLWLL National Sporting Club, Piccadilly WIN
Points
March 3, 1979 Juan Francisco Rodriguez LWLWWW Plaza de Toros de Almería, Almeria EBU European Bantamweight

LOSS
Majority decision
Nov. 2, 1978 Paul Ferreri WWWLWW Leisure Centre, Ebbw Vale vacant Commonwealth (British Empire) Bantamweight

WIN
Points
Sept. 25, 1978 Wally Angliss LWWLWL National Sporting Club,Cafe Royal, Piccadilly WIN
Technical knockout
June 29, 1978 Davy Larmour WLLW Double Diamond Club, Caerphilly WIN
Technical knockout
June 12, 1978 Dave Smith WWLWLW National Sporting Club,Cafe Royal, Piccadilly WIN
Points
April 6, 1978 Wayne Evans WWWWWW Leisure Centre, Ebbw Vale BBBofC British Bantamweight

WIN
Technical knockout
Feb. 27, 1978 Antonio Medina Rodriguez LDLLLL Country Club, Marton BBBofC British Bantamweight

WIN
Points
Jan. 23, 1978 Alan Oag WLLDLL Afan Lido, Port Talbot WIN
Technical knockout
Nov. 29, 1977 Paddy Maguire WWWLLL National Sporting Club,Cafe Royal, Piccadilly BBBofC British Bantamweight

WIN
Technical knockout
Sept. 21, 1977 George Sutton LWLWLL Midland Sporting Club, Civic Hall, Solihull WIN
Points
June 16, 1977 Terry Hanna Leisure Centre, Ebbw Vale WIN
Technical knockout
April 25, 1977 John Kellie WWDLWL St Andrews SC,Albany Hotel, Glasgow WIN
Technical knockout
March 29, 1977 George Sutton WLWLWL Leisure Centre, Ebbw Vale vacant BBBofC Welsh Area Bantamweight

WIN
Points
Feb. 15, 1977 Neil McLaughlin LWLDL Sports Centre, Merthyr Tydfil WIN
Points
Jan. 28, 1977 Neil McLaughlin LWLD Gala Baths, West Bromwich WIN
Points
Nov. 23, 1976 Ian Murray LLWWLW Rhondda Leisure Centre, Ystrad WIN
Technical knockout
Nov. 9, 1976 Neil McLaughlin LWL Templemore Sports Complex, Derry DRAW
Points
Sept. 30, 1976 George Sutton WWWWLW Sports Centre, Pontypool WIN
Points