Floyd Patterson and Ingemar Johansson DUAL SIGNED RARE limited edition 116/150 International Boxing Hall Of Fame 40th anniversary franked 20th June 2000, envelope. Measuring 9 1/2" x 4".
Floyd Patterson vs Ingemar Johansson II World Heavyweight Title, 20th June 1960, Polo Grounds, New York.
Patterson W KO 5
Patterson knocked Johansson out in the fifth round with a leaping left hook to become the first man to recover the World's undisputed heavyweight title. The punch caught Johansson's chin and he hit the canvas with a thud, out cold before he landed flat on his back. With blood trickling from his mouth, his glazed eyes staring up at the ring lights, and his left foot twitching the Swede was counted out. After the count, Patterson showed his concern for Johansson by cradling his motionless opponent, and promising him a second rematch. Johansson lay flat on his back on the canvas for five minutes before he was placed on a stool brought into the ring. He was still dazed and unsteady fifteen minutes after the knockout as he was helped out of the ring.
Floyd Patterson vs Ingemar Johansson II
Floyd Patterson timing, as much as talent, played an important part in Floyd Patterson's career. Patterson won a gold medal at the 1952 Olympics while fighting as a middleweight. When he turned pro, he began fighting as a light heavyweight. The first loss of his career was a controversial decision to former 175-pound champ Joey Maxim.
When Rocky Marciano retired in 1956, Patterson seized his opportunity. With the heavyweight title vacant, Patterson decisioned Tommy Jackson in a title elimination bout and then knocked out 42-year-old light heavyweight champion Archie Moore in the fifth round to win the vacant crown. He was 21 years and 10 months old, the youngest man to ever capture the heavyweight title. At the time, Moore was the oldest man to ever challenge for that title.
Patterson made four successful title defences but his reign came to an end in June of 1959 when Sweden's Johansson knocked him out in the third round.
Again Patterson would find himself in the record books when he stopped Johansson in a rematch to become the first man in history to regain the heavyweight title.
Patterson's tenure as champ ended for good when Sonny Liston knocked him out in one round in 1962 and then again in a rematch 10 months later. Patterson would challenge for the crown again in 1965 but was stopped in 12 rounds by Muhammad Ali. His final change at the title came in 1968 when he lost a 15-round decision to Jimmy Ellis for the vacant WBA crown.
Patterson finally retired after a 1972 loss to Ali. In 1995, he was named Boxing Commissioner for the State of New York.
Ingemar Johansson was born in Gothenburg, Sweden and won a silver medal in the heavyweight division at the 1952 Olympics. He turned pro in December of that year.
A good boxer, he carried a tremendous knockout punch in his right hand, affectionately dubbed the "Hammer of Thor" and "Ingo's Bingo." He captured the European heavyweight title in 1956 and successfully retained it twice, including a win over Henry Cooper.
However, his sensational first round knockout over top contender Eddie Machen put Johansson in line for a shot at Floyd Patterson's heavyweight title. Johansson astounded the boxing World by knocking Patterson down seven times in three rounds to claim the title on June 26, 1959.
Patterson avenged the loss with a 5th round KO, and despite having Patterson down twice in their rubber match, Ingemar succumbed in the 6th round. Johansson regained his European title and then retired in 1963 following a 12-round win over Brian London.
Johansson remains a national hero in his native land.
Johansson's pro record reads 26-2 (17KOs).