Johnson: Journeyman, champion, patient, fighter

Leavander Johnson emerged from journeyman to become lightweight world champion. He died Thursday, five days after suffering brain injuries in a loss to Jesus Chavez.

Originally Published: September 22, 2005
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com

Editor's note: This story originally was published Sept. 20. On Sept. 22, Leavander Johnson died at a Las Vegas hospital from injuries suffered in a Sept. 17 fight.

Leavander Johnson celebrated the happiest day of his pro boxing career June 17, when he finally won a lightweight world championship after losing three previous title shots.

Then last month, during an appearance at one of promoter Lou DiBella's monthly "Broadway Boxing" cards in Manhattan, came the highlight of Johnson's ...

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