In Memoriam: Johnny Bumphus (1960-2020)

Former WBA Super-Lightweight Champion 🇺🇸Johnny “Bump City” Bumphus passed away at the age of 59 from cardiac arrest Monday in his hometown of Tacoma, Washington.

Bumphus went 29-2-0, 20KO and became the first of four World Champions that Lou Duva’s Main Events would have in 1984 after defeating Lorenzo Garcia by 15 round unanimous decision. Other big wins included former World Champion Marlin Starling and Randy Shields. His career spanned from 1980-87 and was shortened due to struggles with addiction. In his final fight Bumphus challenged unified Welterweight Champion Lloyd Honeyghan, losing by second round TKO.

Johnny Bumphus is tended to by manager/trainer Lou Duva

Bumphus went 341-16 as an amateur and was also a member of the 1980 Olympic Team which boycotted the event due to the Soviet Union, who hosted the event, invading Afghanistan.

“Bump City” was the very first of the 28 champions that Main Events has nurtured to world titles throughout our existence. In January of 1984, he became the first of four World Champions to win titles with Main Events that year. Soon after, Johnny’s best friend, Rocky Lockridge, joined him in wearing a world title belt. Mike McCallum and Livingstone Bramble soon followed.”

“Johnny was clever, playful and very funny. Sadly, he was also the first fighter who, to my mind, made it obvious how dangerous the combination of substance abuse and extreme weight loss could be for a fighter. I believe that all of this abuse not only cut his career short, but caused Johnny to suffer through many physical problems throughout the rest of his life. I hope that he has finally found some peace.”

-Kathy Duva

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