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Johnson dies from brain injury sustained in title fight

Updated: September 23, 2005, 12:16 PM ET
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com

Leavander Johnson, who suffered a serious brain injury defending his lightweight world title last Saturday night, died on Thursday. He was 35.

Johnson died at University Medical Center in Las Vegas at 4:23 p.m. PT, five days after losing to Jesus Chavez, who scored an 11th-round TKO on an HBO PPV card at the MGM Grand.

Johnson, a 16-year pro, collapsed minutes after taking a one-sided beating from Chavez. Johnson was rushed to the hospital, and within 40 minutes was undergoing emergency ...

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