The Champ is dead

I was eight years old when Ingemar Johansson became heavyweight champion of the world in Yankee Stadium, NY (June 1959) after knocking out Floyd Patterson. It was a major event in Sweden, almost everybody was listening to the radio broadcasting from the fight. Many kids of my age got boxing gloves and I remember there was a cap called the "Ingo cap".

Ingemar Johansson - a working class guy from Gothenburg very much loved by the Swedish people, I dare say passed away today at the age of 76. Rest in peace Champ.

See pictures from Ingo's career. The mood of that time is evident in the great film "Mitt liv som hund" , My life as a dog.

From now on there are two years featured on 591 - 1968 and 1959.
If you have anything to share from those years, please drop us a line.