Ingemar Johansson

Sweden

Boxing

B: September 22, 1932
D: January 30, 2009

Former World Heavyweight Champion

Johansson advanced to the final of the 1952 Olympics in the heavyweight division, but was disqualified for running from champion Ed Sanders. The I.O.C. withheld Johansson's silver emdal following the disqualification, but it was eventually returned in 1982. On June 29, 1959, Johansson defeated Floyd Patterson by TKO in the third round to capture the World Heavyweight Championship. He was awarded the Hickock Belt and the Associated Press Athlete of the Year Award in 1959. Johansson again faced Patterson on June 20, 1960, being knocked out in the fifth round and losing the title to Patterson. In their third contest, Patterson retained the title with a sixth round knockout of Johansson. He finished his professional career with a record of 26-2, with 17 knockouts. Johansson and Patterson became friends in retirement, including participation in the same Superstars event. In 2000, Johansson was voted as the third greatest Swedish athlete of the century behind Bjorn Borg and Ingemar Stenmark. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2002. Johansson suffered from Alzheimer's disease for the last decade and a half of his life, he passed away from pneumonia at age 76.

SUPERSTARS RECORD
EVENT

PLACE

POINTS

MONEY

EVENT WINS
1979 Preliminary 1
8
8
$1,000
None
TOTALS

8

$1,000

0


PERSONAL BESTS
Rowing
43.49
1979 Preliminary 1
Points Scored

8

1979 Preliminary 1


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