Ingemar Johansson Dies

Jens Ingemar Johansson (September 22, 1932 – January 30, 2009) was a Swedish boxer and former heavyweight champion of the world.

He defeated Floyd Patterson by TKO in the third round, after flooring Patterson seven times in that round, to win the World Heavyweight Championship. As a result, Johansson won the Hickok Belt as top professional athlete of the year in 1959 and was named the Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year and Sports Illustrated magazine's "Sportsman of the Year".

The 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki turned out not to be much of a challenge for Sanders. Sanders knocked out Swiss fighter Hans Jost in the first round, defeated Italian Giacomo DiSegni, in his second fight, and KO'd a South African, Andries Nieman, in the second round of the semi-final bout. At that point, the only man that stood between Sanders and Olympic Gold was Swede Ingemar Johansson.