Johnny Boyd was born in Charleston, S.C. in 1959. He began boxing at an early age and compiled an impressive record. Beginning with the Charleston All-Stars, Boyd later boxed for Mount Pleasant and the Isle of Palms team. One of his coaches, Roy Leopold said his 119-pounder liked to “mix it up” in the ring. Boyd won five S.C State Junior Olympic titles and two regional championships. He traveled to Winston-Salem, N.C. and Rapid City, S.D. for the National Junior Olympics, but lost in the semi-finals. He won three consecutive S.C. State Golden Gloves crowns and took the Carolinas Golden Gloves title in 1978. In 1976, boxing in the regional Olympic trials in Detroit, he lost his second match, but easily whipped the New York Golden Gloves champion Johnny Magnifico in his first match. Boyd won in excess of 200 matches and lost just 31. Along the way he picked up 25 outstanding boxer awards, the Junior Olympic and state Golden Gloves titles and was ranked in the top five National Junior Olympic boxers two years in succession.
Boyd and his wife Elizabeth Ann are the parents of two. He is active in his community and owns his own automobile business in Mount Pleasant.