For a brief moment in 1959, Swedish heavyweight boxer Ingemar Johansson was the most popular athlete in the world. With a devastating right hand that he called "toonder and lightning," he knocked out Floyd Patterson the middleweight hero of the 1952 Olympics to claim the title of heavyweight champion. It was more than a fight; it was a massive event. Johansson's arrival changed the image of athletes. His style of living he partied, he brought his fiancée to training camp was unheard of. And that cleft chin! The looks, the lifestyle and the overwhelming win all of it came together in this one man. For a year, he was sports' lightning in a bottle.
Sugar, a boxing Hall of Famer, is a boxing historian