Johnny “Bump City” Bumphus is a former American boxer….who was the WBA world light welterweight champion in 1984. Bumphus began boxing as an amateur at the age of eight out of the Tacoma Boy’s Club Boxing Club….finishing his amateur career with a record of 341-16….and he was one of four world champions to begin boxing in Tacoma….with the others being Freddie Steele, Rocky Lockridge and Leo Randolph.. His amateur highlights were being the 1977 National AAU featherweight champion…along with being the 1979 National Golden Gloves champion at 132 lbs.
Bump City began his professional career as a hot prospect by winning his first 22 fights….including the vacant WBA light welterweight title….when he won by decision over Lorenzo Luis Garcia in 1984….the belt that Bumphus lost the belt to Gene Hatcher in June 1984 in Buffalo, New York….as Hatcher scored an 11th-round technical knockout that had Hatcher knocking Bumphus down….then Bump City slipped and falling on a follow-up attempt….which was followed by Hatcher throwing Bumphus down to the mat when both fighters were in a clinch….all of which resulted in a post-fight melee in the ring as Hatcher was celebrating in triumph while the now-deposed champion was slugging away in frustration. The fight was named as Ring magazine’s upset of the year for 1984. In 1987, Bumphus took on Lloyd Honeyghan for the WBC and IBF Welterweight Title….losing by a 2nd round technical knock out. He retired after the loss, with a record of 29-2-0.
Johnny Bumphus was a very good boxer……who came along at a time during the golden age of boxing when TV money had come into the sport…..enough TV money to allow poor boys from the ghettos of American to make more money in one televised championship fight than they had ever imagined that they could actually make….and once they had all that cash…..they were susceptible to every trap that money and fame brought them….and many of these really good fighters like Johnny “Bump City” Bumphus never had the chance to develop into really great fighters.
This WBA junior welterweight title fight for Aaron Pryor’s vacated title with # 2 rated contender Lorenzo Garcia from Argentina was an exceptional fight that went the distance….with tons of punches being thrown and landed.