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Old 01-20-2011, 09:00 AM   #1
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Default Johnny Summerlin (1955/1956)

Johnny Summerlin, Michigan Heavyweight

Was he equal to Floyd Patterson, Archie Moore and Tommy Jackson during this period.

A big KO victory over undefeated Zora Folley (18-0-1) in 1955.
And half way through the 1956, he was one of the Top 5 Heavyweights.

In early 1956, beating a highly-regarded Harold Carter (18-1-2) in one of the vacant Heavyweight Championship
Eliminator Bouts.

He was 30-4-2 (19 KO's) and right on the cusp of a Title Shot.

In early 1956, he was rated the #5 Heavyweight.

What went wrong.

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Old 01-20-2011, 11:24 AM   #2
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He got sick.

Grossly underated heavy though, I was absolutely delighted with his performance on film.
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Old 01-20-2011, 11:53 AM   #3
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Sick,,,,,,,,,as in what,,,,

Those 2 losses to Sonny Liston in 1954 didn't really set him back, as
in one of Cus D'amato statements, Floyd Patterson and Cus were looking at
a possible Chicago or Detroit fight with Johnny Summerlin for 1956, if he got
by Bob Satterfield (a bout he should have won).
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Old 01-20-2011, 12:00 PM   #4
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Hypesthesia.
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