Written by David Weinberg
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Former lightweight champion Leavander Johnson and his father/trainer, Bill Johnson, both Atlantic City natives, are members of the inaugural class of the Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame.
Created last year, the organization will honor 24 fighters, trainers, promoters and officials at the Hall of Fame’s induction weekend May 26-28 at The Claridge — A Radisson Hotel in Atlantic City. The induction banquet will be held May 28.
Leavander Johnson (34-5-2, 26 KOs) won the IBF lightweight championship by beating Italy’s Stefano Zoff on June 17, 2005. Three months later, on Sept. 17, he lost on an 11th-round TKO to Jesus Chavez in Las Vegas and died five days later at age 35 from brain injuries suffered in the fight.
Bill Johnson, who guided his son to the title, is still considered one of boxing’s top trainers. Bill Johnson also has worked with fighters such as former junior-lightweight and lightweight contender John Brown and former heavyweight champion Bruce Seldon. He trains fighters at the Atlantic City Police Athletic League gym, which is named in Leavander’s honor.
Leavander and Bill also are members of the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame… (continue reading)
David Weinberg has been a member of The Press sports staff since 1986. He covers boxing, MMA, golf, high school sports and just about everything else.
The ACBHOF is proud to have Weinberg as a 2018 Inductee into the Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame.