News October 17, 2019 at 11:30 am

A look at Patrick Day and other black boxers who collapsed in the ring and died

Michael Eli Dokosi | Staff Writer

Michael Eli Dokosi October 17, 2019 at 11:30 am

October 17, 2019 at 11:30 am | News

Leavander Johnson takes a wicked blow via

Leavander Johnson

Leavander Johnson was an American lightweight boxer from Atlantic City, New Jersey, who once held the International Boxing Federation version of the world title. He won the title on June 17, 2005, against the Italian fighter Stefano Zoff, winning after the referee stopped the fight in the seventh round.

Johnson died at University Medical Center in Las Vegas at 4:23 p.m. five days after losing to Jesus Chavez, who scored an 11th-round TKO on an HBO PPV card at the MGM Grand. He was 35. Minutes after taking a one-sided beating from Chavez, he was rushed to the hospital and within 40 minutes was undergoing emergency surgery to relieve pressure from a subdural hematoma, or bleeding on the brain. He was placed in a medically induced coma, from which he never awoke.


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