History | Mar 13 2019

On This Day: Floyd Patterson and Ingemar Johansson settle their rivalry

On March 13 1961 Floyd Patterson and Ingemar Johansson completed their thrilling three fight series, writes James Slater
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THREE times they went to war and three times the world watched. Back in the late 1950s and early ’60s, when the world heavyweight crown meant so much, America’s Floyd Patterson and Sweden’s Ingemar Johansson engaged in a truly thrilling three-fight series; each bout ending via violent KO.

Patterson, a huge betting favourite to defeat the less than formidably perceived Swede in their first fight instead ran into his most famous rival.

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