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Ingemar Johansson Poster

Biography

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Overview (4)

Born in Gothenburg, Västra Götalands län, Sweden
Died in Kungsbacka, Hallands län, Sweden  (pneumonia)
Nickname Ingo, The Hammer of Thor
Height 6' 1½" (1.87 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Handsome and charming, Ingemar Johansson was one of Heavyweight Boxing's most exciting and colorful champions. Born in Sweden on September 22, 1932, Johannsson discovered at a young age that he had "thunder" in his hands, and entered amateur boxing. As a member of the European Amateur Boxing Team, he competed in Chicago against the American Team in 1951, and knocked out Ernest Fann in two rounds. At the 1951 Olympic Games, Ingemar represented Sweden, but was criticized in losing by disqualification to America's Ed Sanders. Upon retuning home, Johansson retired from amateur boxing with a record of 60-11 and turned professional. At almost 6 feet 2 inches tall and a lean 195 pounds, he excelled in pro boxing. He won the Scandinavinian Heavyweight Title in 1953 and the Europen Championship in 1958. In 1958, Ingemar shocked the boxing world by knocking out number one contender and undefeated Eddie Machen in the first round. On June 26, 1959, he KO'd World Champ Floyd Patterson to win the title. His good looks earned him a part in the 1960 film, All The Young Men starring Alan Ladd and Sidney Poitier. A year later Johansson was knocked cold by Patterson in the rematch. He retired in 1963 with a 26-2 record. In 1969 he attempted a comeback,but at 37 and weighing over 250 pounds, it never got off the ground.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: angelsunchained

Spouse (2)

Edna Alsterlund (1980 - present) (his death)
Birgit Lundgren (11 May 1962 - ?) (divorced) (2 children)

Trivia (8)

Former boxing heavyweight champion of the world (1959)
Inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame, 1988.
Inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame, 2002.
July 2003, wife Edna choose to go public that in fact her husband has been suffering from Alzheimer's disease for the last 5-6 years. He's now living in a retirement home.
In 1963 he fought British journeyman Brian London in a 12 round bout, in the hope of later fighting then-champion Sonny Liston. Though he was apparently winning the bout, he was floored by London in the closing moments and just managed to beat the count. Though he was awarded the decision, he retired shortly after.
His only two losses were by KO at the hands of Floyd Patterson in 1960 and 1961.
In 1958 he KO'd top ranked Eddie Machen, in the first round, to earn a shot at The World Champion Floyd Patterson.
Boxing commentator for a US cable-TV company. [1997]

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