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Ingemar Johansson Record

Total Fights28
Title Wins3
Title Defenses0
Title-Fight KOs1
KO Wins17
KO Losses2
Ingemar Johansson Record & Stats
Ingemar Johansson's Record
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      What is Ingemar Johansson's boxing record?

      In a professional boxing career spanning 10 years and four months, Ingemar Johansson fought 28 times with 26 wins and 2 losses.

      Johansson retired from professional boxing with a record of 26-2, which included three heavyweight world-title wins. He had a 60.7% knockouts-to-fights ratio with 17 of his total 28 fights being knockout wins, one of which was in a title fight. Johansson lost twice via knockout, both of them in title fights.

      His last fight was a 12 round PTS victory over Brian London on April 21, 1963.

      Some of Johansson's best fights and notable victories include wins over Hall-of-Famer Floyd Patterson, Eddie Machen, Heinz Neuhaus, Joe Erskine, Joe Bygraves, Dick Richardson, and Hein ten Hoff.

      28Apr 21, 196330Brian LondonWinPTS
      27Jun 17, 196229Dick RichardsonWinKO8
      26Apr 15, 196229Wim SnoekWinKO5
      25Feb 9, 196229Joe BygravesWinTKO7
      24Mar 13, 196128Floyd PattersonLoss *KO6
      23Jun 20, 196027Floyd PattersonLoss *KO5
      22Jun 26, 195926Floyd PattersonWin *TKO3
      21Sep 14, 195825Eddie MachenWinKO1
      20Jul 13, 195825Heinz NeuhausWinTKO4
      19Feb 21, 195825Joe ErskineWinTKO13
      18Dec 13, 195725Archie McBrideWinPTS
      17May 19, 195724Henry CooperWinKO5
      16Dec 28, 195624Peter BatesWinKO2
      15Sep 30, 195624Franco CavicchiWinKO13
      14Apr 15, 195623Hans FriedrichWinPTS
      13Feb 24, 195623Joe BygravesWinPTS
      12Aug 28, 195522Hein ten HoffWinKO1
      11Jun 12, 195522Günter NurnbergWinKO7
      10Apr 3, 195522Uber BacilieriWinUD
      9Mar 4, 195522Aldo PellegriniWinDQ
      8Feb 13, 195522Kurt SchieglWinTKO5
      7Jan 6, 195522Ansell AdamsWinPTS
      6Nov 5, 195422Werner WiegandWinTKO5
      5Dec 3, 195321Raymond Degl'lnnocentiWinKO2
      4Mar 12, 195320Erik JensenWinPTS
      3Mar 6, 195320Lloyd BarnettWinPTS
      2Feb 6, 195320Emile BentzWinKO2
      1Dec 5, 195220Robert MassonWinKO4

      * World-title fight

      Boxing career

      Ingemar Johansson (Ingo) was a Swedish professional boxer. He was born in Gothenburg, Sweden on September 22, 1932. He was a heavyweight world champion. He died on January 30, 2009 at the age of 76 years. Johansson was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame (IBHOF) in 2002. His professional boxing career spanned more than 10 years — from 1952 to 1963.

      Johansson made his professional boxing debut against Robert Masson at the age of 20 on December 5, 1952, defeating Masson via 4th round KO. He went on to win 21 more consecutive fights after the debut, which included 13 wins via stoppage.

      He had his first world title fight at the age of 26 on June 26, 1959 after 21 professional fights, against Floyd Patterson for the heavyweight NBA, NYSAC, and The Ring titles. He defeated Patterson via 3rd round TKO to become the heavyweight champion of the world.

      Johansson won one world title at heavyweight. For all the details about Johansson's world title wins and defenses refer to the "Championships" section below.

      Johansson had a total of two losses in his professional boxing career.

      His last professional fight was a non-title bout against Brian London at 30 years of age, on April 21, 1963. Johansson won the fight via 12 round PTS.


      Johansson had a total of three world-title fights, which includes winning three world titles and zero successful title defenses. He won one of these fights and lost two.

      Title Wins

      Ingemar Johansson fought for a heavyweight world title in two fights and won once, which came via way of stoppage. He won one heavyweight belt.

      DateOpponentDivisionTitles WonMethod
      Jun 26, 1959Floyd PattersonHeavyweightNBA, NYSAC, The RingTKO

      Title Losses

      Ingemar Johansson lost one world-title defense fight, and lost three titles in the fight.

      DateOpponentDivisionTitles LostMethod
      Jun 20, 1960Floyd PattersonHeavyweightNBA, NYSAC, The RingKO


      Although Johansson had a total of 28 fights, this fight against Floyd Patterson is the sole highlight of his career.

      • June 26, 1959: Johansson wins his first world titles by defeating Floyd Patterson via 3rd round TKO. He is now the NBA, NYSAC, and The Ring heavyweight world champion.


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