History | Jul 26 2014

On This Day: Matthew Franklin wins epic war against Marvin Johnson

Franklin, later known as Matthew Saad Muhammad, triumphs in titanic thriller on July 26 1977
Marvin Johnson

“LOCAL light-heavyweight contender Matthew Franklin scored a sensational 12th-round knockout over Marvin Johnson in a truly epic fight at the Spectrum,” read Boxing News.

“This one came right of the blood-plasma unit,” said an excited Bill Livingston, covering the fight for the Philadelphia Inquirer.

“The same folks who brought you Ali-Frazier, reddening the dawn skies in Manila. The same script that gave the world Graziano-Zale and before that, Christians and Lions.”