And yet another spy story - this time involving former World heavyweight boxing champion Joe Louis and present champion Ingemar Johansson.
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Background: And yet another spy story - this time involving former World heavyweight boxing champion Joe Louis and present champion Ingemar Johansson. Lacking cloak and dagger the Brown Bomber left the camp of Floyd Patterson, to whom he is adviser, and entered that of the world champion at Grossinger, New York state, May 24. There he gathered classified information to be fed back to Patterson.
Swede Johansson was at first chary about a public appearance watched by dozens of reporters and photographers. After 'negotiations' he held a short press conference prior to a gym work-out.
His reluctance to be spotlighted and interviewed was explained, partly, by his answer to one of the many questions: "This time I have been at Grossinger all the time. It is not always leaving to go there - this day in New York, another day somewhere else. That is not training."
During his training period last year in New York, Johansson was as familiar sight in the streets of new York City as parking tickets on cars.
Of the now challenger Patterson, Ingemar Johansson said: "I knew he was fast. I knew he could hit. Then (after seeing) the films and the fight in Indianapolis (against British Brian London), I did not think - I did not see improvement."
With the Swede boxer at his training camp is his fiancee Miss Birgit Lundgren, his parents, and his brother Rolf.
While Joe Louis advises Floyd Patterson and spies on Johansson, the Public Relations company in which he is a partner has been appointed by Cuban Premier Fidel Castro as Public Relations agent to the National Institute for Tourism in Cuba. Louis's company - Louis-Rowe-Fisher-Lockheart Enterprises, New York - is to help boost Havana's tourist trade. Both Louis and his organisation have been registered as 'foreign agents' - an American formality for agents employed by a foreign government.