Ingemar Johansson: Swedish Heavyweight Boxing Champion (Paperback)
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Ingemar Johansson: Swedish Heavyweight Boxing Champion (Paperback)

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Paperback 272 Pages / Published: 30/12/2015
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Ingmar Johansson's right hand-dubbed "The Hammer of Thor"-was the most fearsome in boxing, and Johansson's three fights with Floyd Patterson rank among the sport's classic rivalries. Yet most fans know little about the Swedish playboy who won the world heavyweight championship with a shocking third round knockout of Patterson and held it for six days short of a year (1959-1960). During his brief reign, the raffish "Ingo" hit fashionable nightspots on two continents, romanced Elizabeth Taylor and refused to kowtow to the mobsters who controlled boxing.

This first-ever biography of Johansson chronicles his fistic triumphs as a Goteborg teen prodigy, his humiliating disqualification for "cowardice" at the 1952 Olympics, his story-book romance with Birgit Lundgren and his post-career life and tragic early dementia.

Publisher: McFarland & Co Inc
ISBN: 9780786498475
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 340 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"a much-needed biography of a figure who has been ignored" -- Standard Examiner "Standard Examiner"
"very easy to read...a much needed study of an Olympian, a celebrity, and a Heavyweight Champion of the world.... Ken Brooks' expertly written biography will hopefully help to raise the profile of Ingemar Johansson" -- Sport in American History "Sport in American History"
"meticulous research...Brooks writes not only about Johansson, but also pens an excellent history of boxing during the late '50s and early '60s...fascinating and enlightening reading...a must read...Ingo deserved to have a good book written about him, and Ken Brooks has done him that service" -- Boston Post-Gazette "Boston Post-Gazette"
"the first biography to be written about Johansson...entertaining and informative" -- Box Nation "Box Nation"
"this book is one of those that deserves a wide readership. Mr. Brooks has done meticulous research, organized his material, given an array of footnotes to back up that research, and ends up with a lively narrative about a fascinating figure in the world of boxing...excellent...fascinating and enlightening...a must read" -- Boxing over Broadway "Boxing over Broadway"

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