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

From Barry Hugman's History of Championship Boxing
Jump to: navigation, search

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, and set on coming through the contest unscathed, it was this tactic that got London 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. Although 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. Despite London being saved by the bell there would be no let up in the 11th. With the end now in sight Patterson raced into London, hitting him with all the punches in the book, a left hook eventually seeing the Englishman crash to the floor to be counted out with 51 seconds on the clock.

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