Ingemar Johansson's right hand--dubbed "The Hammer of Thor"--was
the most fearsome in boxing, and Johansson's three fights with
Floyd Patterson rank among the sport's classic rivalries. Yet most
fans know little about the Swedish playboy who won the world
heavyweight championship with a shocking third round knockout of
Patterson and held it for six days short of a year (1959-1960).
During his reign, the raffish "Ingo" hit fashionable nightspots on
two continents, romanced Elizabeth Taylor, and refused to kowtow to
the mobsters who controlled boxing.
This first-ever biography of Johansson chronicles his fistic
triumphs as a Goteborg teen prodigy, his humiliating
disqualification for "cowardice" at the 1952 Olympics, his
storybook romances with Birgit Lundgren and Edna Alsterlund and
his post-career life and tragic early dementia.