June 12, 2012

2012 International Boxing Hall of Fame inductee Mark “Too Sharp” Johnson speaks

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Written by: Nick Bellafatto

I recently had the pleasure of conversing with 2012 International Boxing Hall of Fame inductee Mark “Too Sharp” Johnson (44-5, 28 KO’s) just days before he would be immortalized in Canastota, New York over this past weekend. Canastota is a village centrally located in the Empire State which has solidified itself as home to boxing’s rich tradition of which contribution Mark would be recognized for on this momentous occasion. As a much avoided southpaw and top pound-for-pound fighter during his tenure, “Too Sharp” would be most noted for becoming the first African American in the history of the sport to ever lay claim to a world flyweight title. Hear what the articulate Washington, D.C. native had to say regarding his past ring exploits, as well as his sentiments on being entered into the Hall.

About the Author

Nick Bellafatto
Growing up in San Francisco in the 1960's and 70's, Nick Bellafatto became a huge boxing fan, tuning in regularly to watch the big fights on Wide World of Sports. Always passionate about boxing, he would eventually train as an amateur himself, with intentions of becoming a professional. Regretfully, he didn’t pursue a boxing career, but he rather turned his passion into coaching, as well as writing about the sport he loves. He currently runs a non profit gym called Peninsula Boxing & Fitness in Redwood City, CA, out of which when not coaching fighters, he is at the computer cranking out boxing articles from an athletic perspective, as well as from the perspective of a coach who knows what it is that fighters need to accomplish physically, as well as mentally in preparation for their fights.


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