Deskflier From Sweden, joined Jan 2007, 537 posts, RR: 0 Posted (4 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1612 times:
Former Heavyweight Champion of the World, Ingemar Johansson died the night between 30 and 31 of January 2009. He will be missed, but more honored for his accomplishment. I wasn't born when he fought his matches against Floyd Patterson, but the three World Title matches, one won, two lost, are part of Swedish National Heritage. Johansson, like most Swedish boxers, adapted his style of boxing to the nature of his opponent. Clean hard boxing against guys like Patterson, and down-right fierce against "monsters" like Eddie Machen who was the Number One Contender before Johansson. He lost an Olympic Silver Medal from 1952 for passivity but it was restored thirty years later.
Like I said in the Thread name: The Champ is dead, 76 years old.
How can anyone not fly, when we live at a time when we can fly?
Virgin744 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 903 posts, RR: 5 Reply 1, posted (4 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1299 times:
I think the boxing world should pick a day to celebrate the achievement of all past world champions.
Jack Johnson in my opinion was the best there ever was. To live through that era being a black man and to actually travel almost everywhere possible just to fight every white man to prove his abilities whilst suffering the most awful discrimination and personal attacks, yet be humble throughout is a true Champ!