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  Tammie Johnson was born in Southside Chicago Sept. 5, 1971. A gifted athlete, she lettered in 5 different high school sports while participating in both skateboarding and BMX stunt riding.

Tammie spent six years in the military, four in the Navy and two in the Army. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology and currently works as the IT Manager for a research and development company in Bothell, Wash. Tammie lives with her husband, Scott, in Lynnwood Wash. and has two daughters, Linda and McKenzie.

Her boxing career began at age 34 when she weighed 180 pounds. She started at Ring Sports United in Bellevue, Wash. and also trained at Mill Creek Boxing before finding her home at Credit Boxing in Renton, Wash. Tammie, now weighing 140, trains under Coach George Credit, who has trained top ranked boxers Dakota Stone and Tricia Turton.

Tammie doesn't view boxing as an athletic pastime or a way to stay in shape. To her it is a second fulltime job and she works very hard at it. Everyday before she starts her IT job she works out at a local fitness club for 2 hours working on a combination of cardio, calisthenics, and weight training. In the evening she spars 8 to 10 rounds at Credit Boxing with other boxers or Coach Credit himself.

It is a regiment that she always follows whether she has a scheduled fight or not. She trains to always be ready for a bout because an opportunity may come up with as much as four weeks and as little as a few days notice.

People have told her she was too old to get into the game and with no amateur experience she could never make it in professional boxing. That is why she has the moto "Prove them wrong" tattooed on her arm. She trains hard everyday to do exactly that.

"Tammie is dedicated to the sport of boxing and is a hard worker," said Coach Credit. "With that she has a great future in the professional ranks of boxing."


Johnson defeats Simms. Photo by Mike Blair

Due to the age at which Tammie decided to become competitive in boxing, she was not able to participate in amateur competition and went straight to the pro circuit. She made her pro boxing debut October 6, 2007 in Rochester, Wash., dominating Jana Simms who fell to (0-1-2) in a four round bout. All three judges scored the fight 40-36.


Photo by Mike Blair

On November 10, 2007, at the Silver Reef Casino, in Ferndale, Washington,
Tammie Johnson and Jana Simms went toe to toe again. In October Johnson won a four round unanimous decision. The result here would be the same. Too often in the fight Simms found herself out of position, thus she threw punches from awkward angles. That also meant Johnson had to adjust her attack. Had Johnson been able to step in and throw her jab straight up the middle at Simms, the fight might have been over soon. There were a number of times in each round when a Johnson left would catch Simms, and while she winced, Simms did not back away. In the third round it appeared that Johnson may have aggravated a bruise on her right hand as she threw it less often. And when she did it was often a looping right, thus less effective than her earlier punches. Nonetheless, Johnson again shut Simms out. All judges scored the fight 40-36. [Story by Mike Blair]  [huge photo gallery #454]

On March 8, 2008, at the Silver Reef Casino, Ferndale, Washington,
northwest women Merced Nunez and Tammie Johnson, 138, both scored wins. Johnson (3-0) and Tanya Gallegos, 138,  (4-8 2KO) slugged it out in a junior welterweight bout for four rounds. This was Gallegos second fight after layoff of a year and a half, and her lack of activity showed in the opening two rounds. In those rounds Johnson charged at Gallegos throwing punches from all angles. Johnsonís plan was to work the body in an attempt to break down Gallegos, seeing if she had the will to fight after the long layoff. Gallegos was most accommodating in rounds one and two as Johnson pushed her around the ring. Most of Johnsonís punches were coming from the outside in, and that allowed Gallegos the opportunity to cover up and protect herself. Then, as the second round drew to an end, a Johnson right caught Gallegos on the head and she dropped.  In between rounds Gallegos got an earful from her cornerman. What he said was effective as Gallegos answered the bell and became a boxer for the last two rounds. She threw her left, followed it with a right, and then slid to the side to begin the procedure again. She would not let Johnson get close or smother her with punches. Johnson kept trying to press the fight, and perhaps feeling that she could again drop Gallegos, she at times swung wildly. Gallegos could see the openings that created, but was not quick enough to move up the middle and land punches inside. After four rounds two judges scored the fight 38-37, the third had it 39-36, all in favor of  Johnson, the winner by unanimous decision.

On April 24, 2008, at the Quinault Resort & Casino, in Ocean Shores, Washington,  Johnson, 135, 3-0, fought tough veteran, Molly McConnell, 141, who is ranked #5 in the WBAN Ratings. McConnell won the six-rounder by a close majority decision with one judge seeing the fight a draw. Johnson is showing early in this game as a pro that she is not hesitant to take on some noted opponents. Final judges scores, 59-55, 58-56, and 57-57.  Photos/Story
 

 
     
     
     

 

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