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TOE T1MU MCORD, TROY, N. Y., TUESDAY EVEUJNC. MARCH/ 14, Kaybes Johansson In Six Champ Fights Back From Two Early Knockdowns . REPEAT PERFORMANCE--Heavyweight c h a m p Floyd Patterson heads for a neutral cor- - ner after clobbering Swedish import Ingemar Johansson to the canvas for the full count -, in the sixth round of their title brawl last night in Miami Beach. It was the second 'ilraight knockout win over onetime titlist Johansson for the speedy, combination punching ' Patterson. (AP Wirephoto) By JACK HAND Miami Beach AP) -- Floyd Patterson fought back from two first - round knockdown! and knocked out Sweden's Ingemar Johansson in 2:45 of the sixth round last night and retained his heavyweight title in a rousing fight of explosive punches. The handsome Swede, who also was felled in the first round, went down from a chop- ing right hand punch to the jaw late in the sixth. He started to get up but fell back as Referee Billy Regan counted 10. He almost made the grade. Patterson, fighting to relain the crown he won back in unprecedented fashion last June, had his legs buckled in the third round and was shaken up again early in the sixth before he put over the crusher. Came Up On Knee Knockdown timekeeper Hy (Scolly) Lang said Johansson came up on one knee at nine but then fell back at the count of 10. "He started twisting as he got possible that the saved the dump. However, FaUen back with both 'hands dumped the Swede same type of left hook that destroyed him last June. Johant- Patterson Groggy, Surprised; Claims He Could Have Fought Better Fight By JOE REICHIJER Miami Beach (AP)--Heavyweight Champ Floyd Patterson shook his battered and bloody head last night as if trying to release the" hammering in his ears, and whispered: "I'm not satisfied. I could have fought better. But he nailed me in the first round and 1 was groggy for a long time after that- It happened so fast . so fast. The reporters crowding around the victorious champion could barely hear him, he spoke so row. His left eye was closed tighl, an ugly two-inch gash ·till gushing blood over the eyebrow \vith the lower lid puffed three times its normal size. 'AVhen he opened his mouth to spVak, blood formed on his lips. It was difficult to believe Pat ferson had only a few moments before knocked out challenger Ingemar Johansson in the sixth round of one of the most bruis ing championship fights in many j-esirs. "He surprised me," Palterson aid softly. "I expected him to ight just like he did in the sec- nd fight. He was cautious hen. This time he came out winging. Before I knew what vas happening, he hit me with hat right. "It took the zip right out of me. It sort of knocked out all my plans. I knew 1 had to get rim before he got me. lie ought like a champion. I was confused. I didn't know whelh- ir to press h i m , to box him or to let him box me." Patterson kept shaking his lead and pursing his lips. At limes, he confined his answers o a shake or a nod of his head. He looked more like a loser than a winner. Hurt Several Times Throughout the 'questioning, Dan Florio, Floyd's trainer mopped blood spots from the champion's left eye, cheekbone and lips. "He hurt me several times,' said Patterson, "but I hurt him, too. A lelt hook and a right cross iinished him. No, I didn't ;now whether he would get up or not. I didn't give it any thought. I was too tired to think. There were three knockdowns in the fight, prior to the fatal sixth. All came in the first round. Johansson floored Floyd twice with his blurgeon- ing right, "each time for a mm datory eight count. Patterson stormed back to flatten Ingo with a right and left near the end of the round. Eight-Count Helped "The first time he knocked me down," said Patterson, "he lit me as hard as he did'in our first fight. The ejght-count helped me. Those extra few seconds enabled me to clear my head Also the fact that I came in heavier helped me. If 1 was up," said Lang. "He tripped over himself and fell back at the final count." This third meeting of the two heavy slugging heavyweights was an eye-popper while it lasted. Patterson, a 4 to 1 favorite who was expected to flatten the Swede quicker than he did last summer, was in real trouble in that first round. Patterson ran into Johansson's "famed "toonder" right midway in the first round and went down. Although he was up at three, he had to take an automatic eight count under the rules of the Miami Beach Boxing Commission. Swarms Over Floyd Sensing a chance to regain the gold and glory that goes with the ring's highest regard son was up quickly this time at two. He also took Ube automatic eight. PaUen*u Cane* Om After the near-disaster of that shocking first round that drew oohs and aahs from the crowd, Patterson righted himself and began to come on. . At the end of five rounds, all three officials had Patterson out in front on points in the National Boxing Association's 10 point must system of scoring. Referee Regan had Palterson on top 48-47. Judge Carl Gardner saw it 43-47 for the champ and Judge Gus Jacobson eaw it 4947 for Patterson. The AP card had Johansson on top 4846. Slips Again Patterson fell down as he missed a right in the second and slipped down again in the third after scoring with some solid left hooks. The champ's nooks piled up points and began to wear down Ingemar in the fourth and f i f l h as he went to the attack with both hands. The Swede, heaviest of his career at 206V4 pounds, stepped up the attack at the beginning of the sixth. A series of rights ade Patterson grab. Excited FLOYD FLOORED--Heavyweight Champion Floyd Palterson is dropped to the canva« by a right'from Ingemar Johansson in the first round of their title fight at Miami Beach's Convention Hall. The champ was spilled again in this round by the Swede, and then cam* back to drop the challenger before the bell. The referee in the photo i Billy Regan. (AP Wircphoto) Johansson Describes KO Punch As "Right To Back Of Head That Did It" By WHITNEY MARTIN AND ED WILKS Miami Beach (AP)--A smiling, cordial Ingemar Johansson, benefiting from more than an ed title; Johansson over Patterson and swarm e i dropped him again with a right uppercu to the chin. Again Patterson popped up quickly at a coun of three. But again he had to take the automatic eight. It i Eight-Count May Have Saved Floyd In 1st Round ' New York (AP)--The rnan- Jafo'ry 8-count rule of the third Floyd Patlerson-Ingemar Johansson title fight in Jliami Beach last night may well go down in fight history with the 'long count" of the second Jack TJempsey-Gene Tunncy title bout in Chicago in 1927. As seen on the closed circuit TV screen in Madison Square Garden, it appeared that the mandatory 8-count on knockdowns, which heretofore has been waived in title fights saved Patterson from defeat in the first round. ^ The champ was floored twice before he rallied to deck the challenger also in the first. Still, on the first knockdown it appeared that the 8-coun saved Pallerson from a rcpcti tion of the first fight when he ·was floored seven times aftc Ingo landed his overhand right : Patterson was up quickly las night. The count could not b heard because of the roar of th crowd. : Johansson was kept froi .promptly following up his a .Vantage until Kcferce Bill R ;£an signified the count ha jreached eight. '. After Patterson put over h 'knockout punch in the six -round, which ended the fig ·just as suddenly as Ingo put /over his first knockdown, the ·champ admitted, in so many words, lhat he was saved by the S^ount. i '-"I came very close to losing ' i n the first round," Patterson 'aid from the ring. "Ingo is . ; Tery good fighter." v_-Johansson's followers thus ave the solace afforded Dempey's 1927 fans. It will be re- ailed Dempsey" floored Tunney n the seventh round, but be- ause Jack did not go to a neural corner Tunney received the jcnefit of a "long count." He ot up and eventually retained is heavyweight title with a de- lighter, I might not have gotten up." Time after time, Patterson muttered that he couldn't get himself "untracked." "I just couldn't get together," he muttered, as he sat slumped i a stool, looking dog tired. Couldn't Find Style The three officials had Patterson ahead in three rounds, one for Johansson and one even up the end. "I just couldn't seem to find a style to get through him. In- gcmar was a great fighter tonight. I said before the fight that the odds of 4 to 1 were ridiculous. I also said that af- ler this fight the American public will be just as proud of him as the Swedish people. "1 was just as determined this time as I was in my second fight with him," Patterson added. "I had more opportunities but for some reason I didn't take advantage of them. He had a lot of opportunities, too, and he took advantage of his. Brushoff to Listen Patterson was asked whether he would like to fight Johansson The Fight Round By Round ROUND ONE Ingo jibbed lldhtly In Ingo was abort "" ' --·· · - . j ..-:n y this success, Johansson was hour in which to compose him- hasing Patterson with ton g self in his dressing room, said ght hand punches. \ l thought I was up in time, Suddenly Patterson struck and J m s ? rr y * wasn .'- ack with a hook. He followed Describing his sixth round with a right uppercut that ii noek ° ut ., by Hoyd . Patler50n ' missed. Then came the i c£t he said: "It was a series a com- ook, followed by the chopping pination of hopks-and then ended Johansson's t h a t " g h t lo the baek of the [head. Speaking of the first round, I in which he startled everyone the! in the hall by dropping Patterson twice, Johansson said he said, with obvious reference to his tax difficulties with the United States government. Ingo carried marks of the beating he took from Patterson's hooks and smashing rights. Two pieces of tape cut icrott the outside edge of his right eye and his left eye-was badly discolored. But he insisted that the "left hooks didn't botlur me much this time." 1 ight that lopes. Ingo 'Bleary-Eyed' Regan, who counted out 28-year-old, said: Schmeling Sees First Title Bout Since 1938 Miami Beach, Fla. (AP)--The mandatory eight-count nil* on knockdowns, often waived on championship fights, was in effect as a "safety and health measure" for last night's heavy- wejght title bout between Champion Floyd Patterson and chal- "I had just finished the count started as he had planned in of a full 10 when he (Johans- training. tried to get up. He didn't "It was my plan to get him make the count. fast," Irigo explained. "I was "When I took him to the figuring he would t r y ' t o come corner, he didn't know where on at me, as he did before. And he was at. He was bleary-eyed 11 wanted to meet him with his and couldn't have continued own weapon, anyway." "It was good that he had an Patterson, also heaviest of his eight count. I had to wail." career at 194% pounds, was A f t« r acknowledging a polite wild and lacked the precision applause from impatient news- thai he showed last June in men, Johansson firmly announc- this fight. He let Johansson ed " ! art not 8°' n S to "tire. lenger Ingemar Johansson. The rule was waived in both the earlier meetings between -s th e two fighters, but the Miami Beach Boxing Commission decided it would be a good thing for the third match. "We always have been happy with the rule," said Al Sherman, commission chairman. "It is a good rule and we can set no reason why it should not b* in effect on a championship fight." ·"- ' The three-knockdown rule'was Floyd head. m'fl rJns. _ ...._ .. . Jibs and :oied with a stiff jib to the back him up on occasion and had plenty of trouble getting They exchanged Jahs ajaln a Ingo held Patterson. Ingo rraied Patterson's chin with a right. They exchanged Jabs again and a right to the chJn dropped Patterson for a count or 3. Patterson was given the mandatory 8-count. Johansson su Kered Pallerson w i t h a right a dropped him with another right for count of 3. Patterson dropped Johansson with a right- and t e f t for a count of 2 as the rrowo roarer]. Floyd landed a solid l e f t to Ingo'a Jaw. Johsuissoa's round. H.ODXD TWO They started slugging at the bell, len exchanged. Jabj. Each wa- Irylng to take the lead. They exchanged haM rights to the head. Both went down from slips. They were not knocked down. Johansson Jabbed at the In' eominj Patten Asked whether he was going Half Million Saw Bout On "Closed" TV Miami Beach, Fla. (AP) -Sketchy reports of the closed circuit television showings of out of the way of that stiff right he back to Sweden, he car- reeled the questioner, with nand i trace of a smile. There was no debate aboutl " Back " to Switzerland," the right hand hurting Pallerson this time. He was down [Financial FdCtS twice and staggered at least twice. Last June much was made of Johansson's failure to up a hard right. This Jabbed _ . _ _ ... Palterson grazing r i g h t to the ear. »ent ovi l?toyd For Title Fight last night's Floyd Ingcmar Johansson Palterson- title fight fourth time. "I would," he said, "but I Hocky Sees Title Fight In Armory Gov. Rockefeller and legisla- ive leaders of both parties laid lolifics aside last night to watch he Floyd Fatterson-lngemar Jo- lansson heavyweight title fight over closed-circuit television. The Governor, introduced to approximately 5,000 spectators in the Troy Armory, did not reveal which fighter he favored, He said only: "May the best man win." Accompanying Rockef e H e r were: LI. Gov. Malcolm Wilson; Senate majority leader Walter J. Mahoney; State minority leader Joseph Zaretzki; Assembly speaker Joseph Carlino; Assembly minority leader Anthony J. Travia, and Ally. I are to get to my dressing room, drove over * hard right to the ear ipaln- Johansson flashed over * ~-" J rlpht to the jaw. Floyd missed ' ipht t' l e f t and Ingo took labs. jabs and Patterson dtcv« a. hard right righ Jted Each got In * hard Sght left the head. Patterson d right to logo's ribs l e f t ainwd for Ihi head R O O D THREE Floyd drove two stiff Jahj the head and took a ihort right to th« ja.w. Patterson open«d a cut . over Johansson'* right eye. P»tter*on *llp- to th« ftoor. It wu not a knock- . down. Patterson missed wildly both hajid* as ht tor* In. Ingfl with . ith a n«al left and ripht to the head. Ingo crossed a rip tit over ' " crack at his title hesitated before Jab. "Oie Swrde rights but th« won't. There are others who deserve the chance." Asked whether he would give Sonny Liston, ralcd the No. 1 challenger, a. next, Floyd answering. "I would fight anybody," he said, "but I don't-see anyone to fight." That was interpreted is * bnishoff to Lisloti. Asked about his immediate plans, Patterson replied: "Right now my only p l a n s Gen. Louis -3. Lefkowitz. [take i shower and go home. 11 /Shields AC Nips ^Griswold, 48-44 i ; Jim Hescolt scored 20 points : last night to lead Shields A. C hover Griswold Height*. 4844 in : a basketball tilt at the School ;;;16 gym. U.- Richard Stufll^heam chippcc S?n with 12 for the winners. Ed ^Donahue with 13 and Wai ivVVhimple with 11 led the losers TRUCKS · 12 TO 16 FT. VANS · TRACTORS AND TRAILERS · PANELS · METROS For RENT by Hour, Day, W*«k . . . Ata Specialized LEASE PLANS. AS 2-3142-Op«ii I v c t , S\md«ri K NICKERBOCKER DRIVURSELF J32» *th AVE., TROY SOUTH OF HOOSICK sent over two long not much pow behind them. They traded blows at cloae quarters, Ingo drove a smashing right to Patterson'* head and followed with another left and rlchl. Patterson lajided a wicked left hook to Ihe Jaw. Ingo drove over a long right lo the Jaw. logo was getting puffed under hlr left pye. Johansson's round. ROIJXD FOUR Patterson appeared to be slightly cut the ... -scored with a wicked left hook and to the head sending In?o lo the ropes. They exchanged left Jaba In mid ring. Inpo connected with a [eft Jab a n d looping right to the Jaw. Patterson peppered Ingo w i t h a left Jab and rating right to Ihe jaw. Floyd lam' a hard left to the stomach. Inf cajne- back with' a swinging l e f t and right lo the Jaw, Floyd again drove a thumping l e f t hook to the body. Inco fenced Patteraon with flicking jabi ant then crossed over a good right. An other right hurt Patteraon but he re plied with a flurry of punches to th hard right to the Jaw and pulled u; with another right. Patler»o«'a round. F O U N D n\'K Patterson KOI in the f i r s t J a b . I n g nt over three left Jabs Ihmugh Pat terson's peek-a-boo defense. Floyd sho over a short Tight t. ths Jaw. Ing scored with two Jabs but took two relurn. Pallerson Leaped In w i t h a l e f t hook to Ihe body. Ingo Jabbed repeatedly to keep Floyd back. Blood follow up a hard right, time he kept pouring it on but Patterson returned the heavy fire. Big Drama In First The big drama of this third match came suddenly in that wild first round. The man who was supposed to win easily was on the deck. Then he was down again. It began to look like 1959 all over again and a repetition of Ihe shocking night when he was dropped seven times and knocked out. In his dressing room Patterson admitted he had been dared in the first. The champ was not pleased with his fight. "I couldn't get together," he said, meaning that he couldn't coordinate his punches. ' "He surprised me by coming out fighting," said Patterson who looked dead tired. "He took a lot of zip out of me in the irst round." Cut on Eye, Tongue Paticrson was cut around the eft eye which was cloeed. He also was cut on the tongue. Johansson also was much the worse for wear wilh a cut under his right eye and the left swollen and about half shut. The crowd of about 14,000 Miami Beach. (AP) -- Financial facts and figures for last night's heavyweight titlr. fight b e t w e e n champion Floyd Patterson and Ingemar Johansson at Convention Hall (all figures estimated): Attendance--15,000. Gross receipts--$500,000. Net receipts--$450,000. Patterson's s h a r e "live" gate--?112,500. Johansson's share "live" gate--$112,500. Theater television receipts --52,500,000. Movie and radio receipts --$750,000. Patterson's snare of theater-TV, movies, radio, etc. --5800,000. Johansson's shire of theater-TV, movies, radio etc.-$640,000. Patterson's total purse -$912,500. Johansson's total purse -$712,500. (Both live gate figures and supplementary rights receipts figured on imcomplete returns.) indicated over 500,000 payin; $2,500,000 saw the fight in theaters and arenas. Irving Kahn, president of the closed circuit company (Tele- prompter) TPT said the theater gate, plus about $750,000 from movies and radio made this an waived, as is generally don* in title fights, however. · : * * · · Jim Owen of New Orleans chatted briefly with the ejjani- pion after the weighing-in ceremony. Owen, former !bo'xin2 coach *l Louisiana State University, was coach of the United States Olympic boxing team in 1952 when Patterson won the Olympic . middleweight title. This is the first time Owen has all-lime record of $3,000.000 for the tary rights. Snow and rain well over supplemen- in various een Patterson itle fight. in professional but THE FORECAST--Challenger Ingemar Johansson got up alter Ihis first-round knockdown by Heavyweight Champion Floyd Patterson, but the t r i p to the deck v/as a forecast o! what was to come later, for keeps. Ingo twice floored Palterson in the opening round before he went down. (AP Wircphoto) seconds later di look t o ' t h e body. The action yiowed. They exchanged short punches at close range with little damage. Patterson got In a short left and right at close range, Patterson's roana. ROUM1 SIX They ;iarred carefully. Ingo kept F^oyd back with two l e f t Jahs. Each moved carefully. Ingo shot ever a straight right to the law And (hen another lhat snapped Floyd's head bach Floyd got In two Miff Jahs but misted with a hard right. Floyd clicked with a l e f t hodk to the body tr.d a itiorl right In the heart. Hut Itigo moved fr, with a series of labs and a hard right to the J a w as Patlergon retreated. Ingo scored with another stiff right to the Jaw. Patterson thumped . l e f t nook to the body but m l j j e d vlth a r i g h t a i m e d for the h e a d . A l e f t h.Kjk and a chopping right to the JAW dropped Ingo to lh« canvas, lit s t a r t e d to 'i/e midway in the count rise up b-.:t fell back to the canvai. The t i m e was 2:15. Cage Official Dies At Tourney Kansas Cily (\P) -- Prior Evans, Batcsville, Ark., official in the N A I A basketball tournament, collapsed and died yesterday. lie was stricken during Ihe halftime period of the game between Anderson, Ind., and St. Bernard, All. was short of the 17,000-capacity in spacious Convention Hall, an indoor arena. The ceating was integrated in line with Patterson's insistence on a S10.000 guarantee from the promoters. No gale figures were available, but it was estimated at aboul $500,000 Many more watched the fight in 207 theaters and arenas in the United States and Canada on closed circuit television. Other Challengers Patterson repeated hie train ing camp statements that he did not think he should figh Johansson a fourth time. "I' BA RESULTS No games scheduled. love to, "There but are I won't," he said other challenger sections of the country cut down on the fight attendance according to Kahn, who predicted the fight movies would be very profitable. Fealure Sporls Inc., the promoters, said about 15,000 saw the fight at Convention Hal where the gale receipts were over $500,000. Jewish Center Five Defeats Trojans, 105-96 Troy Jewish community Cen- ler defeated the Trojan Varsity, 105-96, in a basketball game at the JCC last night. The scoring: Troy JCC-- Ed Wilcove 28, Bill Hoffman 11, John Zibro 23, Harvey Rothenberg 33, Barry Margolin 5. Trojan Varsity-- Steve Dwor sky 21, Ray Bell 25, Bill Rosselle 22, Ken Mandelbaum 10 Bill Levenstein 7, Lee Bennett II. who deserve a chance." Incidentally, Cus D'Amato Patterson's manager, worked i liis corner after a long absence He worked the first fight in '5 but was not seconding him las June because he is not license! in New York. D'Amato has license in Miami Beach. This was a different .tohan son, a man who came to fight and not just to collect his tax- troubled dollars. He went out on his shield, the best thing that can be said about any losing fighter. For a few seconds in that first round, he held the world in his hands, but he let his man get away. It was Johansson's second de- feat'in 23 pro fights and his second straight by a knockout. Patlerson now has won 37 of 39, (coring 28 knockouts. Max Schmeling was on hand to witness his first heavyweight championship fight since he lost n his bid to take the crown [rom Joe Louis in 1988. The handsome German, now 54, exchanged greetings yesterday with the man who dethroned him. Schmeling said he was eager to see the, two combatants fight for the .title that slipped to quickly through his grasp. Schmeling won the crown in 1930 on a foul when he and Jack Sharkey battled for the title vacated by Gene Tunney's retirement. He lost to Sharkey the second time he defended. * * * Police received conflicting reports on independent ticket buy- ng and selling. First reporls when the first reliminary bout began were lat scalpers were asking--but eldom getting--five and 10 dol- ars over for the $20 and $50 eats. Later there were reporls that thers were willing to unload 100 tickets for $20 and $30. Capl. Jesse Webb of the Miami Beach Police Department aid there apparently was 1 it- le ticket activity of any kind outside the arena. » * · The weather was a muggy 74 degrees an hour before fight time with some threat of rain. But it did not discuorage many of the females in the touriit- packed crowd from wrapping themselves in mink. Most «f them were in the $100 Mat areas, of course. HEART THE FINISH-- Referee Billy Regan completes his toll of (en over falle^i Ingemar Johansson in the sixth round of the Swede's title quest against Heavyweight Champion Kioyd Palterson. Johansson started to rise midway in the count, and again at nine, but tell back to the canvas. The lime was 2:45. : A chopping right to the jaw dropped lnf,o. (AP Wire- pholo) burn? 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