Johnny Saxton boxer

Johnny Saxton boxer
bouts
66
won
55
lost
9
draw
2
Status
inactive
Division
welterweight
Debut
1949-05-09
Height
5′ 9″/175cm
Reach
71″/180cm
Age
78
Born
1930-07-04
Death
2008-10-04
Nationality
USA

Saxton turned professional in 1949 and ran up forty wins without a defeat before losing to Gil Turner in 1953. His win over Joey Giardello and Johnny Bratton helped propel him to fight with Kid Gavilán (or Gavilan) in 1954 for the world welterweight championship. He beat Gavilan via a fifteen-round decision to take the title. He lost the title the following year via technical knockout against Tony DeMarco. In 1956 he won the title again with an upset win over Carmen Basilio, but lost the title in a rematch with Basilio later in the year. He retired in 1958.Saxton, brother of Richard Eugene Kyle, who boxed for the U.S. Army, was managed by Frank "Blinky" Palermo, a member of the Philadelphia crime family. Palermo was imprisoned in 1961 for conspiracy and extortion for the covert ownership of prizefighters. Saxton's career was often marred by rumors of shady dealings. His two biggest wins, against Gavilan and Basilio, were both controversial and unpopular with many in the boxing world.

Date Opponent Last Opponents' Results Place Result
1958-12-15 Willie Greene WWWWWW Arcadia Ballroom, Providence LOST
Technical knockout
1958-10-21 Denny Moyer WWWWWW Auditorium, Portland LOST
Unanimous decision
1958-10-07 Barry Allison WWWWWL Valley Arena, Holyoke WIN
Split-decision
1957-09-06 Joe Miceli WWLWLW Capitol Arena, Washington LOST
Technical knockout
1957-02-22 Carmen Basilio WWWWLW Arena, Cleveland LOST
Technical knockout
1956-09-12 Carmen Basilio WWWWWL War Memorial Auditorium, Syracuse LOST
Technical knockout
1956-08-23 Don Williams WLLWLW Auditorium, Worcester WIN
Majority decision
1956-08-07 Barry Allison WWWWWL Arena, Boston WIN
Unanimous decision
1956-05-16 Gil Turner LLLWWL Chicago Stadium, Chicago WIN
Technical knockout
1956-03-14 Carmen Basilio WWWWWW Chicago Stadium, Chicago WIN
Unanimous decision
1955-11-09 Ralph Jones LWLWWW Auditorium, Oakland WIN
Unanimous decision
1955-10-25 Jackie O'Brien WWWWLW Valley Arena, Holyoke WIN
Unanimous decision
1955-09-15 Joe Shaw DWLLWL Portland WIN
Unanimous decision
1955-06-20 Jimmy Fuller DWWDLD Maple Arena, Brockton WIN
Technical knockout
1955-04-01 Tony DeMarco WWWWWD Boston Garden, Boston LOST
Technical knockout
1955-02-11 Ronnie Delaney WWWDWW Armory, Akron LOST
Unanimous decision
1954-12-02 Ramon Fuentes WWWWWW Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles WIN
Unanimous decision
1954-10-20 Kid Gavilan WWWWWL Convention Hall, Philadelphia WIN
Unanimous decision
1954-08-04 Johnny Lombardo LLWLWL Silver Bowl, Mount Carmel DRAW
Points
1954-02-24 Johnny Bratton WWWWWL Arena, Philadelphia WIN
Unanimous decision
1954-02-01 Mickey Laurent DDLLWL Eastern Parkway Arena, Brooklyn WIN
Technical knockout
1953-12-30 Del Flanagan WWWWWW Auditorium, Minneapolis LOST
Split-decision
1953-12-03 Herman McCray LLWLLL Casino, Fall River WIN
KO
1953-09-29 Joey Giardello WWLWWW Arena, Philadelphia WIN
Unanimous decision
1953-09-15 Charley Williams LLLLLL Fair Grounds Arena, Allentown WIN
Technical knockout
1953-06-15 Gil Turner WWWWLW Connie Mack Stadium, Philadelphia LOST
Split-decision
1953-05-27 Joe Miceli WWLLWL Olympia Stadium, Detroit WIN
Unanimous decision
1953-03-31 Charley Williams WWLLLL Ridgewood Grove, Brooklyn WIN
Unanimous decision
1953-03-10 Wallace Bud Smith WWWLLW Auditorium, Miami Beach DRAW
Points
1953-02-24 Charley Williams WWWLLL Auditorium, Miami Beach WIN
Unanimous decision
1953-02-10 Freddie Dawson LLWLWW Arena, Philadelphia WIN
Unanimous decision
1952-12-29 Danny Womber WDLWWD Auditorium, Milwaukee WIN
Unanimous decision
1952-12-12 Raul Perez WWWLWW Madison Square Garden, New York WIN
KO
1952-10-28 Mario Trigo WLLLLW Arena, Milwaukee WIN
Corner retirement
1952-10-03 Ralph Jones WLWWLW St. Nicholas Arena, New York WIN
Split-decision
1952-07-30 Virgil Akins WLWWWW Chicago Stadium, Chicago WIN
Unanimous decision
1952-07-17 Bobby Lee WLDWLL Veterans Hospital, Coatesville WIN
Unanimous decision
1952-06-04 Luther Rawlings WWLWWL Chicago Stadium, Chicago WIN
Unanimous decision
1952-04-30 Bobby Lee WWLDWL Coliseum, Baltimore WIN
KO
1952-04-17 Charlie Thompson LWLLWL Casino, Fall River WIN
Points
1952-03-14 Lester Felton WLWWWD Madison Square Garden, New York WIN
1952-01-25 Livio Minelli WWDDWL Madison Square Garden, New York WIN
Technical knockout
1951-11-19 Charley Salas LWWWWL Arena, Philadelphia WIN
Unanimous decision
1951-11-05 Marshall Clayton WLWLWW Turner's Arena, Washington WIN
Technical knockout
1951-10-04 Honeychile Johnson DLLLLL Metropolitan Opera House, Philadelphia WIN
Majority decision
1951-08-20 Tommy Ciarlo WWLLLL Fair Grounds Arena, Allentown WIN
Technical knockout
1951-08-06 Joey Carkido LWLWWL Toppi Stadium, Philadelphia WIN
Corner retirement
1951-07-30 Gaby Ferland LLWWLW Fair Grounds Arena, Allentown WIN
Technical knockout
1951-07-02 Lloyd Tate LWDWWW Toppi Stadium, Philadelphia WIN
Technical knockout
1950-09-22 Tony Pellone LLWWWW Madison Square Garden, New York WIN
Unanimous decision
1950-08-28 Sonny Bunn DWLLLW Coney Island Velodrome, Brooklyn WIN
Split-decision
1950-06-26 Mike Koballa LWLWWL Twin City Bowl, Elizabeth WIN
Points
1950-06-05 Loisel Isadore WDLDLL Municipal Stadium, Philadelphia WIN
Points
1950-05-17 Bert Linam WWWWLW St. Nicholas Arena, New York WIN
Technical knockout
1950-04-21 Joe Miceli WWWWDW St. Nicholas Arena, New York WIN
Split-decision
1950-03-22 John Bowman debut Convention Hall, Philadelphia WIN
KO
1950-03-15 Aldo Minelli LLLWWW St. Nicholas Arena, New York WIN
Unanimous decision
1950-02-10 Charley Salas WWWWWW Madison Square Garden, New York WIN
Unanimous decision
1950-01-13 Mario Moreno LWLWWL Madison Square Garden, New York WIN
KO
1949-12-21 Adrien Mourguiart LWLLLW St. Nicholas Arena, New York WIN
KO
1949-12-05 Bucky Slocum WWWWWD Convention Hall, Philadelphia WIN
Points
1949-10-24 Horace Bailey WWLLLL Arena, Trenton WIN
Points
1949-09-06 George Hunter LLLLLL Fair Grounds Arena, Allentown WIN
KO
1949-08-17 Dave Andrews LLLLWW Jerome Stadium, Bronx WIN
Unanimous decision
1949-07-20 George Dixon LLLLLL Jerome Stadium, Bronx WIN
Technical knockout
1949-05-09 Jimmy Swann LLWLWL Arena, Philadelphia WIN
KO