1959-06-26 Ingemar Johansson w rsc 3 (15) Floyd Patterson, Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NYC, New York, USA - WORLD

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1959-06-26 Ingemar Johansson w rsc 3 (15) Floyd Patterson, Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NYC, New York, USA - WORLD. Referee: Ruby Goldstein. In one of the biggest shocks in the history of the heavyweights, Johansson (196) upset the formbook to become the first European to win the title since Primo Carnera. The opening two rounds were not indicative of what was to follow, Johansson using a jarring left jab to keep the champion at bay while having a good look at his opponent. With the third round only 30 seconds old a right to the jaw had Patterson (182) down. Bravely getting up, almost instinctively, Patterson was hammered to the canvas six more times in quick succession before the referee ended the carnage on the 2.03 mark when calling a halt. It came as a complete surprise to many Americans, who had been unaware of Johansson's punching power as he had cleverly disguised it in training.

In December, Johansson stated that he would obviously abide by the contracted return clause, but would not be doing any more business with Patterson’s manager, Cus D’Amato, who by then had lost his licence to work in New York due to various breaches of the rules. Having moved his tax base to Switzerland to avoid heavy taxes in Sweden, Johansson also stated that he had only recently got himself sorted financially, hence his inability to prepare any earlier for the Patterson fight. Once all objections had been cast aside, the fight was made for June 1960.