LITTLE ROCK, AR, September 23 - "With the unfortunate passing of Leavander Johnson, boxing has lost not only a world champion, but it lost a world-class man," said undisputed middleweight champion Jermain Taylor. "After I won my title in July, I came to New York to meet the media and I also had a parade back home in Arkansas. But there was just one thing missing, and it was my IBF championship belt, which was not going to be delivered in time for these events.. Leavander graciously lent me his IBF belt, the belt he fought for so long and so hard to win, and he did so without a second thought. That was the type of man he was; the type that would give you the shirt off his back if you asked him for it. I'm going to miss Leavander, and he and his family will always be in my prayers. Rest inpeace, Champ."
Article posted on 24.09.2005