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Old 02-07-2011, 09:56 PM   #58
Il Duce
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Default Re: INGO vs. Cassius Clay (Sparring session, Fake or ?)

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Pekka Kokkonen, was a 27 year old, Finland Light Heavyweight, 5' 11" and 175 lbs.
Had a style, similar to Floyd Patterson, a modified Peek-A-Boo.
Good hand-speed, average foot-work, above average power and decent chin.
In January 1961, his record was 14-6-1 (12 KO's)

His sparring sessions with INGO, were nothing more than speed sessions.
INGO was working on improving his left hand lead, not really a jab, but a
heavy straight left.
Pekka, would bob-and-weave in a Floyd Patterson style, while INGO would
shoot heavy straight lefts.
Pekka was not utilized as an offensive sparring partner. He was strictly there to help
INGO improve his left hand lead.

He sparred with INGO for a little over a week in February, flew back to Stockholm for a bout on 2/24, then flew
back to Miami Beach and sparred another week or so.
Then fought on the March 13, 1961 undercard. One busy FIN.

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