1959-05-01 Floyd Patterson w co 11 (15) Brian London, Fairgrounds Coliseum, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - WORLD

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1959-05-01 Floyd Patterson w co 11 (15) Brian London, Fairgrounds Coliseum, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - WORLD. Referee: Frank Sikora. Not given much of a chance, London (206) surprised many by his ability to absorb a steady battering as the champion powered into him from the first round. Maintaining a high defence, London seemed set on coming through the contest unscathed and it was this tactic that got him a bad press as he rarely took the fight to Patterson (182½). By the ninth, London had slowed considerably, having taken many of Patterson’s blows to the body while guarding his head, and it seemed that he would be punished for not being aggressive enough. However, for several rounds Patterson had been content to make his openings at long range before punching away with both hands. That all changed in the tenth when he dropped London with a long right to the jaw and although the latter was saved by the bell there would be no letup in the 11th. With the end now in sight, Patterson raced into London, hitting him with all the punches in the book, and after spotting an opening a left hook saw the Englishman crash to the floor to be counted out with 51 seconds on the clock.

On his return to England, London was heavily fined by the BBBoC and had his licence suspended for six months.