Re: Ingemar Johansson was not knocked out cold by Brian London
Good post MF. I didn't know that it was something reproduced to discredit Johansson. When something is not on film, a lot of fables easily develop. Water turning into wine and all that.
I find it hard to rate Johansson. He absolutely destroyed Machen which no one else ever did again, and Patterson was only knocked out like that against Liston. But he resume is rather thin outside of that. Is he the only champion to have never fought someone with a losing record? Very impressive.
I think there are some analogies between him and Ibeabuchi. Both had very short careers but very impressive wins. Ibeabuchi was not knocked out in a rematch but then again, his win against Tua is debatable.