A People's History of the Vampire Uprising by Author

A People's History of the Vampire Uprising by Author

Language: eng
Format: epub
Published: 2018-06-04T16:00:00+00:00

The New York Times


Demetrius “Quick” Johnson, undefeated welterweight professional boxer and number one on the Ring magazine pound-for-pound best boxers, died yesterday in New York City from massive organ failure due to an unsuccessful re-creation.

Johnson was born in Mobile, Alabama, the second son of two middle school teachers. After being picked on by classmates because of his missing front tooth, Johnson was enrolled by his father in the Southside Boxing Academy. Johnson took to the spartan nature of training—the repetitive shadowboxing in front of the mirror, jumping rope for hours—and soon entered various tournaments to become Southern Golden Gloves champion for three years in his weight class. Chosen for the United States Olympic team, he surprised everyone by making it to the medal final round and beating the favored Russian boxer Ruslan Aleksandrov to win the gold. The next year, Johnson defeated Roman Martinez in the most-watched pay-per-view bout in history.

The most famous contemporary boxer in the world, Johnson soon came under the influence of Ivan Kozlov, an American of Russian descent who made his fortune in automobile sales. Kozlov loved combat sports—he met Johnson at a boxing match where they reportedly struck up a friendship.

No one knows the exact circumstances of Johnson’s attempted re-creation, but a few of Kozlov’s associates indicated that it was a spur-of-the-moment decision. After the attempt was made, Johnson lapsed into a coma. His associates waited five hours before taking him to a hospital, where he died two days later.

The deceased is survived by his wife and two children.


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