Carl Thompson vs Johnny Nelson WBO cruiserweight World title official on-site 19 page programme SIGNED by Johnny Nelson billed, "War Of The Roses", 27th March 1999, Derby Storm Arena, Derby.
Nelson W TKO 5
Ivanson Ranny "Johnny" Nelson (born 4 January 1967) is a former professional from Sheffield, England. He was the WBO cruiserweight World Champion for over six years, having defeated Carl Thompson in 1999 and then successfully defended the title 13 times. He has also previously fought for the WBU & WBF Cruiserweight title which he won but then later relinquished. His fight record was 45 wins (29 by knockout), 12 losses and 2 draws.
Nelson has had a number of high profile fights and his 14th defence of his WBO cruiserweight title was scheduled to be against Welshman Enzo Maccarinelli on the undercard for the Joe Calzaghe versus Jeff Lacy WBO/IBF unification bout on 6 March 2006, but an injury picked up by Nelson forced the fight to be cancelled and Nelson announced his decision to retire from professional boxing a few months later on 22 September 2006.
Nelson is now a pundit for Sky Television. Since retirement he has spent some time working with the prison service helping inmates with life management skills. He's also played a role in some charity work, agreeing to fight a charity match against Jos Battle, a property developer and son of Leeds West MP, John Battle.
Nelson's parents split up when he was a young child and he didn't reunite with his biological father until he was in his thirties. He still lives in Sheffield with his wife Debbie and daughters Bailey and India. He also has a daughter called Jorden from a previous relationship.
He has published his autobiography Hard Road To Glory.