Johnny Wilson

A game southpaw, Johnny Wilson was one of the most active American fighters of the early 20th century, a willing middleweight and titleholder.

Johnny Wilson, a southpaw fighter who battled for two decades in the early 20th century, left behind quite a record: 73-26-8 and 14 no decisions, with two no contests, to boot. He took part in six title fights and held the middleweight title during the early 1920s.

Wilson was a willing combatant, especially early in his career. After one start in 1911, Wilson found a groove in 1912, fighting an astonishing 23 times. Battling anywhere from 145-164 pounds, Wilson slugged it out with all the top contenders of the day, including Leo Houck, Augie Ratner, Mike O’Dowd and Maxie Rosenbloom.

After several late years of lessened activity in the ring, Wilson retired after four fights in 1926.

He was elected to the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in 1978. Johnny Wilson died on December 8, 1985.