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FIRST FIGHT. Patterson fought from a crouch, Johansson from a spread stance, with body sideways, feet well apart. Ingo defended by bending back, springing away, circling to the left. Using this style he jabbed and half-hooked Floyd's bobbing head into position. Then he fired his straight right and won the title.

SECOND FIGHT. Floyd stood straighter "to reach him with the hook." So Johansson stood straight, too, in order to keep his jab level to the head. But this brought his feet closer together, cost him defensive mobility. Off balance, he was unable to avoid Patterson's devastating left, and was knocked out.

THIRD FIGHT. Johansson must revert to his spread stance, because it is the only position from which he can both defend and attack. He can back away from danger. He can jab or half-hook. And he can strike quickly with his right, gain the initiative and force Floyd back into his crouch of the first fight.

MOMENT OF DECISION. If Johansson defends from the spread as he did in the first fight, the time will come—possibly as early as the first round—when Floyd must force the issue, rushing in and opening up to throw his left. Ingo can retreat, but if he is to win, now is the moment for him to explode his right. It will take great speed. It will take courage, too.