Johnny Colan


Former middleweight and light heavyweight contender Johnny Colan passed away July 18, 2010 at age 88 in Fresh Meadows, NY. He was born John Colainni in Worcester, MA on March 2, 1922. He fought professionally from 1939 to 1948 and compiled a record of 60-19-2 (KOs 27). Johnny was rated in the top 10 in the World by Ring Magazine in both the Middleweight and Light Heavyweight divisions from September 1941 to March of 1947. He was rated as high as #4 in the World. Johnny knocked out the likes of Steve Mamakos, Ernie Vigh, Jimmy Webb, Tony Musto and decisional Buddy Knox. Also battled Jake LaMotta, Anton Christoforidis, Tommy Yarosz, Bob Foxworth and Nate Bolden. He later became a New York State Athletic Commission Referee. He was a longtime member of Ring 8 where he served on the board of Directors and was the Vice President for years. (Courtesy Henry Hascup).