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Floyd Patterson and Ingmar Johansson... Heavyweight title boxing match...
Item # 557841
March 13, 1961
THE DETROIT NEWS, Detroit, Michigan, March 13, 1961
* Floyd Patterson Heavyweight title boxing match (pre fight news)
* Ingmar Johansson
This 38 page newspaper has a banner headline on the front page of the sport's section (inside): "Title Consensus: 'Floyd Has Too Many Tools'" with two illustrations of Patterson and Ingemar Johansson.
Other news of the day throughout. Little spine wear, otherwise in good condition.
wikipedia notes: After a series of defenses, Patterson met Ingemar Johansson of Sweden, in the first of three fights. Johansson triumphed over Patterson on June 26, 1959, with the referee Ruby Goldstein stopping the fight in the third round after the Swede had knocked Patterson down seven times. Johansson became that country's first world heavyweight champion, thus becoming a national hero in Sweden as the first European to defeat an American for the title since 1933.
Patterson knocked Johansson out in the fifth round of their rematch on June 20, 1960, to become the first man to recover the world's undisputed heavyweight title. Johansson hit the canvas with a thud, out before he landed flat on his back. With blood trickling from his mouth, his glazed eyes staring up at the ring lights, and his left foot quivering, the Swede was counted out. Johansson lay unconscious for five minutes before he was placed on a stool brought into the ring.
A third fight between them was held on March 13, 1961, and while Johansson put Patterson on the floor, Patterson retained his title by a knockout in six to win the rubber match in which Patterson was decked twice and Johannson once in the first round.
Category: The 20th Century