Leavander Johnson Dies From Injuries

22.09.05 - By Jeff Bastasini: Former IBF lightweight champion Leavander Johnson (34-5-2, 26 KO's) died earlier today at the University Medical Center, 5 days after suffering a ferocious beating in a lightweight title fight with Jesus Chavez. Immediately after the fight, it was reported that Johnson complained of headaches in the dressing room. He was then put into a medically induced coma, following brain surgery to relieve pressure from a subdural hematoma on his brain.. Johnson was pounded relentlessly by Chavez (42-3), in a one-sided fight that was never close after the first two rounds. Finally, after 10 rounds of one-sided action, where Johnson's head was snapped back again and again by the force of Chavez's powerful punches, the fight was stopped at the beginning of the 11th round, when the referee stepped in an called a halt to the bout. In the final punch totals, Johnson was hit 409 times by Chavez.

Article posted on 23.09.2005

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