1959-06-26 Ingemar Johansson w rsc 3 (15) Floyd Patterson, Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NYC, New York, USA - WORLD
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 as Johansson used a jarring left jab to keep the champion at bay and, at the same time, have a good look at his opponent. With the third round only 30 seconds old, Johansson slammed a right to the jaw and Patterson (182) was 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 the Americans, who, in the main, had been unaware of the Swede’s punching power, Johansson having cleverly disguised it in training.
In December, Johansson stated that he would obviously abide by the contracted return clause and would wish to defend in New York in June 1960, but would not be doing any more business with Patterson’s manager, Cus D’Amato, who, by now, had lost his licence to do business 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.