Boxing Returns to Sweden

As a country that fathered former Heavyweight boxing champion Ingamar Johansson, who beat Floyd Patterson to win the title before losing in a rematch – as well as flattening proud British hope Henry Cooper amongst others, Sweden is long overdue a return to professional boxing. 37 years on from the last card staged there, and having witnessed the growth of elite level boxing in Denmark in the intervening period, the wider boxing industry should welcome the return of the Scandinavians to the squared circle. In these precarious times, with the UFC threatening to wrestle the hearts and minds of the newest generation of ‘fight’ fans away from boxing’s self-destructive tendencies, the more sources of talent available the better.

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