Originally Posted by Bokaj
For me he has the most solid record of any HW. But if he had had idiots for managers who matched him up against the likes of Machen, Folley and Williams in 1961-62 already, his career might of course have turned out differently. But maybe not; an 18-year old Clay did after all make Ingemar Johansson look foolish in sparring...
You know that sparring session with Ingemar Johansson was part
of a publicity photo session.
It was 100% staged for the local television stations.
The 'staged' sparring session took place in Miami Beach, a couple of days before a young Cassius Clay
was to fight Donnie Fleeman at the Auditorium (Tuesday, February 21, 1961).
Ingo also sparred with undefeated Miami Beach Light-heavyweight Otha Brown, in another
staged sparrring session.
The 'stock footage' was distributed to the local Television Stations to help stir up interest in the fight.
It was nothing more than a 'promotional tool'.
A few weeks later (March 13, 1961) Ingo took on Floyd Patterson at Convention Hall for the Heavyweight
Championship, in their 3rd bout together.