History | Feb 19 2017

On This Day: Light-heavyweight great Harold Johnson died aged 87

Harold Johnson remembered by Matt Christie
Harold Johnson

HAROLD JOHNSON, one of the greatest light-heavyweights in boxing history, died on February 19, 2015 at the age of 87 from pneumonia in his native Philadelphia.

As an old man he was ravaged by dementia and lived a lonely life in Philadelphia, barely recognisable from the chiselled fighting machine that defeated the likes of Ezzard Charles and Archie Moore during a legend-littered era.

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