1961-03-13 Floyd Patterson w co 6 (15) Ingemar Johansson, Convention Hall, Miami Beach, Florida, USA - WORLD
1961-03-13 Floyd Patterson w co 6 (15) Ingemar Johansson, Convention Hall, Miami Beach, Florida, USA - WORLD. Referee: Billy Regan. In a sensational opening round first the champion was decked twice before Johansson (206½) was sent down before both men decided on taking a breather by clinching. Apart from Patterson (194¾) missing with a big punch and falling over, the second round was anti-climactic as there was little action. At the end of the third it was seen that both men were cut, Johansson over the right eye and Patterson over the left, and the next two sessions were hardly awe inspiring as both men bided their time. By the sixth Johansson, who was now cut over both eyes, decided to pick up the action and after forcing Patterson against the ropes he was caught by a fearsome left hook and two following rights before crashing down to be counted it on the 2.10 mark. Afterwards, Patterson claimed that he was not happy with his own performance mainly because he did not quite know whether to box or fight. However, it turned out all right for him in the end when finding the finishing blows. For reasons best known to themselves, the NBA announced in September that they had changed the every six-month defence ruling to that of every 12 months for the heavyweight division as long as the champion meets whoever the Association rate as the number-one contender during that period.