Under The Radar: Steve Johnson, Emerging Amateur From The Bay Area

Steve Johnson, who trains out of Eddie Croft’s B St Boxing in San Mateo, is an exciting fighter, who despite picking the sport up just four years ago at the age of 14-years-old, is now looking to make a statement on the national scene, this coming year when tournaments begin.

Johnson, who is a part of the Team No Smoke Movement, which consists of Amari Jones, Sativa James, and Dominick Reed, as well as Johnson himself, was a concept that involved aspects of team sports, such as team support to help these young athletes be emotionally and as well as financially supported. With Johnson’s father, Steve Johnson Sr., and Cordell Pearson, Don Austin, and “The Godfather of TNS” Mr. James, having gone out of their way to provide housing for members of TNS at national tournaments, and providing a support system, and a team like vibe.

When Amari Jones won the nationals last year against the formidable “Juicy” Duncan of Kentucky, Johnson and his father were front-and-center celebrating like they won the fight. The team dynamic for the group is that of love, and family, and is providing an amazing experience for the growing adults, entering into the brutality and reality of adulthood.

So far Johnson has won the state Junior Olympics and Desert Showdown. With wins in those tournaments, Johnson broke into the top-10, and recently he has moved up to #6, once he moved up to the 132 lbs division.

“I want to be a 2024 Olympian,” said “Too Much” Johnson to me via an Instagram DM.

Johnson’s goal is to entertain and put forth-crowding pleasing performances, as Johnson had invested time-and-effort with B St. Boxing’s Eddie Croft, focusing upon the 2020 national tournaments, with hopes of winning his first national title. That was derailed by the pandemic, which saw no national tournaments occur, and a delay of the Olympic Games to 2021.

Johnson is one of those fighters who is at the beginning of the journey, looking to leave his mark, but is tireless working in the gym to improve.

When lockdowns end, and we TKO the virus, watch for Steve Johnson out of B St Boxing in San Mateo, Ca.

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