KNOWN as The Entertainer, Johnny Nelson’s incredible career spanned nearly 20 years and saw him rise to the very top.
Officially the longest reigning cruiserweight world champion of all time, he held the WBO strap from 1999 to 2005 and made 13 successful defences.
After a tough early career – where he sustained five defeats in 11 fights – Nelson learnt on the job and eventually went on an incredible run from the mid-90s which cemented his place in boxing history.
He finished his pro career with a record of 45-12, although German Marco Huck did equal his run of defences at cruiserweight in 2014.
How old is Johnny Nelson?
BORN in 1967, Nelson is now a pundit for Sky Sports and regularly appears ringside for big bouts.
He is 51 years old.
How many world titles did Sky pundit win?
THE former cruiserweight star held the British title twice between 1989 and 1997, and the European title twice between 1990 and 1998.
His WBO world title strap was won against Carl Thompson after a fifth round stoppage in 1999.
Nelson successfully defended that belt 13 times, with five of those defences coming abroad.
When did he retire from boxing?
AFTER his points win over Vincenzo Cantatore in November 2005, Nelson called time on his career.
His 14th defence of the WBO cruiserweight title was scheduled to be against Welshman Enzo Maccarinelli but the Sheffield-born star decided to hang up his gloves after pulling out through injury.
Nelson’s 45-12 record included 29 knockout wins.