JOHANSSON'S VERSION OF HOW THE FIGHT COULD GO, DRAWN BY ROBERT RIGER, FOLLOWS ON PAGES 36-39
'...I will use my best punch!'
Johansson's best punch is his straight right hand. "Yes!" he exclaimed when he saw this drawing, in which Patterson is beaten before he can hook to the body. "This is my right! Straight, and so quick you will not see it! It is always good to use the short right when he is coming on. He comes right to it." But Champion Patterson does not come straight on into a punch. He bobs, weaves and feints. Still, at some point, Johansson feels, the champion must drop his famed peekaboo guard.
'I can fight with only my jab for 10 rounds. The jab must be straight to have power'
In training, Johansson has concentrated on his jab almost to the exclusion of his right hand. Clearly, he expects to use the left to pile up points while waiting a chance to throw his big right, the right that finished Eddie Machen in one round. "So he will come out with his two hands up on his face," Johansson says, "and I will jab and jab and jab straight and hard and this will do something, this will annoy him and he will do something with his hands."
'You can't see the time between the left and right. They come together'
Johansson has two versions of his left-right combination. His favorite (at left) has the two fists arriving almost simultaneously, the left a fraction of a second ahead of a fairly short right. In the other version (above) the jab is used with almost a pawing motion to confuse the opponent in the instant before a powerful, much longer right is launched with plenty of shoulder behind it to give the punch full authority.
'When Patterson misses—'
"That depends," says Johansson. "I do not know what hand I will use. The main thing is to go on him then." By "going on him" Johansson means moving in close, probably after throwing a punch.
'I must be careful'
Patterson's peekaboo defense can sometimes be solved by an uppercut, but Johansson is dubious. "I must really be careful," he says. "If I miss, my hand is up here and he will voom to the body."
'When I get him on the ropes, I will keep him there'
Johansson has worked assiduously with sparring partners on this maneuver, which could be a decisive one. Bulling them to the ropes, he tries with left shoulder and left knee to turn them so that they will come off the ropes into the full power of his right hand. But even if Patterson should escape the right he will have been subjected to the tiring effects of Johansson's big weight advantage, perhaps as much as 15 pounds. "I try to keep him there [on the ropes]," he says. "It is good for me. It is easy, just lean on him and dig and keep him there and he will get tired 10 times faster than me because he must defend himself, try to punch, try to get away, and then he always has the ropes in back and they bother him." Ingo plans to crowd the champion at every opportunity, hoping to get him into this position.
'I keep my left foot out when I back'
Johansson's retreating style permits him to stop instantly and either jab or throw a long overhand right. "If I bring my legs together when I move back I will get too far away from him," he says. He can move backward with great rapidity for such a big man and demonstrated this during the first minute of the Machen fight, when he was coolly sizing up the American fighter's style. He believes his speed of foot may well nullify Patterson's speed of hand.