Prescience or a savvy analysis, his intimation was Sybil-like. Leavander Johnson was pummeled in the eleventh round. The fight was halted and he was left with a brain bleed. The situation was life threatening, but the good news is, that the day after surgery, the intracranial pressure numbers are beginning to come down. His family is with him. He is in an induced coma.
At the post-fight conference Jesus was filled with consternation, and he expressed sorrow and deep concern for Leavander, saying “My thoughts and prayers as well as those of all on my team go out to Leavander Johnson and his family.” He was anything but jubilant, even though he had won his second world championship..
Harold Lederman was inconsolably saddened by the tragedy, which he saw as completely unnecessary. “It was all I could do to not jump out of my chair and stop the fight myself” he said. “It never should have gone beyond the tenth round. The referee could have stopped it, the corner or the commission. He was thoroughly beaten. He had no chance to win the fight. You hate to see a guy get hurt like that.” He continued, “Yet, we had the best. Tony Weeks is an extremely competent referee, and Margaret (Goodman) is the most competent MD in boxing.”
Jesus started out very slowly, cautiously. Lou DiBella, Leavander’s promoter, shouted from the third row “Get that stick out” and Leavander responded with repeated jabs that shot out, straight and hard. Jesus responds with some combos, testing distance, testing Leavander. In round two, the crowd got raucous and wild as real fighting ensued with good punches exchanged. Leavander made hissing sounds with each hard punch. Jesus herded Leavander into the ropes and tied him up for nearly 30 seconds, as the crowd questioned why Leavander wasn’t getting out of there. He took plenty of brutal body shots, and a left hook to the temple.
They both came out banging in the tenth. Jesus ran toward his opponent and laid a blow on his upper back. Leavander appeared to be losing strength. Jesus’ combo, 3 lefts, 2 rights were breaking him down.
Jesus Chavez is a champion, again. In his closing remarks, he stated that he was surprised by the punching power of Leavander Johnson. Referring to himself and his fight game, he stated “I may be a late bloomer,” intimating that there is even more for fans to look forward to.