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Johnny Nelson, MBE

WBO World Champion, D&I and Motivational Speaker

Former undefeated WBO World Champion boxer Johnny Nelson MBE is a British boxing pundit and former professional boxer who competed from 1986 to 2005. He held the WBO cruiserweight title from 1999 to 2006 and remains the longest-reigning cruiserweight world champion of all time.

With 13 defeats during his amateur career, Johnny’s story demonstrates the ability to overcome challenges, resilience, mindset and the power of mentorship.

He is an established event host and motivational speaker, and earlier this year he launched the Johnny Nelson Foundation to support youngsters and their families, aligned with his recent MBE award for services to young people and boxing in Yorkshire. 

Passionate about fitness, wellbeing and mindset, prior to Sky Sports, Johnny worked for the BBC across human interest stories and documentaries. And has recently completed filming a new Netflix boxing documentary that will launch later this year.  

His motto is ‘Find A Way’.


“Johnny is one of the best speakers I have ever heard. And I have heard & booked a lot!” – Paul Cheetham-Karcz, founder of Sedulo Group

“I can’t speak highly enough of Johnny’s professionalism and enthusiasm. To have someone of Johnny’s achievements be so dedicated to helping us deliver the best possible event experience for our guests was amazing. He was always available for a conversation and his experience proved to be the perfect counsel for any ideas we had. Needless to say our guests loved every minute.” – Paul Sherhod, Head of Strategic Delivery at Hospitality Finder

“Johnny is a brilliant broadcaster & an enthralling speaker. The feedback he received from our partners and clients was nothing short of emphatically positive. And just as importantly, he’s a great bloke too.” – Nic Hartwell, founder of Nixus Sport

“Johnny is an inspiring speaker, commanding the room that was mixed with junior employees and senior leadership. Everyone left feeling energised and inspired, with some important life lessons shared. Brilliant storyteller.” – Rod Taylor, Managing Director of Mercieca Group


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