Johar Abu Lashin whose movie “Raging Dove” was brought to my attention by his friend David Backhus. Lashin, a Palestinian born in Nazareth, Israel, in April 5, 1971, debuted in September 28, 1988 in Tel Aviv, Israel.
Lashin, won his first two bouts in Tel Aviv by stoppage in 1988. He then came to the US winning in March 23, 1990, at Tom Harris Field in Homestead, FL, scoring a knockout. He won his first six fights by stoppage before being held to a draw by Luis Felipe Perez, 2-2-1, of PR, at the Tamiami Fairgrounds Auditorium, in Miami, FL.
In July of 1992 Lashin won the vacant World Boxing Federation Super Lightweight title stopping Pat Johnson, 6-1, in seven rounds. This was at the Maxwell House Hotel, in Nashville, TN.
In October 16, 1993 Lashin returned to Tel Aviv winning the vacant World Boxing Federation Lightweight title stopping Mexican Hector Ramirez, 9-9, in the seventh round. He was 18-0-1, with 15 stoppages.
In April of 1994 Lashin stepped up his competition going to Denmark losing for the first time to Gert Bo Jacobsen, 36-3, of Denmark, the former European Lightweight champion, being stopped in two rounds. He won the WBO World Welterweight championship a year before that defeating Manny Galloway, but never defended his title.
In November of 1994 and February of 1995 Lashin returned to Kansas City, MO, scoring a pair of stoppages improving his record to 20-1-1. At that point he went 5-5 in his next ten fights. His second loss was a low point losing by stoppage to Mexican Joel “Jasso” Garcia, 5-6-1, in Las Vegas, NV, in July of 1995.
Two more losses for Lashin when he tried winning the International Boxing Organizations vacant Lightweight title losing to Tony Pep, 32-6, by stoppage in Edmonton, Alberta, CAN, in March of 1996. His third straight loss was next losing to Adrian Stone, 18-2-2, by stoppage for the International Boxing Organizations Inter-Continental Welterweight title in Vancouver, CAN, by stoppage. Stone would go onto lose in two world title challenges to “Sugar” Shane Mosley and Sergio Martinez.
In February of 1997 Lashin bounced back with a win over Chicago’s Rodney Wilson, 21-7-2, for the International Boxing Organizations World Super Lightweight title by split decision in Waukegan, IL.
Lashin would not fight again for a little over a year traveling to New South Wales, Australia, to lose to future IBF World Super Lightweight champion Lovemore “The Black Panther” Ndou, in March of 1998, by stoppage.
In July of 1998 Lashin would bounce back winning the vacant International Boxing Council Welterweight title defeating by split decision Larry LaCoursiere, 25-7-1, of Minnesota, over 12 rounds at Treasure Island Casino, Red Wing, Minnesota.
It would be another ten months before Lashin fought and he returned to Tel Aviv, Israel, and stopped Craig “Indian” Houk, 63-35, in 3 rounds in May of 1999. He would go onto win back to back fights over Ed Lee Humes, 3-10, stopping him in 3 rounds in August of 1999 and defeat him over 4 rounds in July of 2000 both at Station Casino, Kansas City, MO.
In October of 2000 Lashin was in a ND 6 with 2 minute rounds against John Roby, 18-15-1, of Iowa, at Harvey’s Casino, Council Bluffs, Iowa. In July of 2001 he fought his final fight losing over 8 rounds to Sammy “Silk” Sparkman, 12-7-1, at the Ameristar Casino, in Vicksburg, MS. He ended his career with a record of 25-6-1 with 19 stoppages.