1956-11-30 Floyd Patterson w co 5 (15) Archie Moore, The Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USA - WORLD

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1956-11-30 Floyd Patterson w co 5 (15) Archie Moore, The Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USA - WORLD. Referee: Frank Sikora. In a battle for the title vacated by Marciano, although Moore (187¾) started brightly enough after being hurt by speedy left hooks and a heavy right under the heart towards the end of the first round he was under a lot of pressure. Cut over the left eye in the third and hurt again, Moore rallied in the fourth before going for broke in the fifth. However, unable to deal with the speed of Patterson (182¼), Moore was now having difficulty in locating the younger man. Deposited on the canvas by a whistling left hook, on getting up Moore ran into a two-fisted attack that dropped him for the full count, timed at 1.19.

In winning, Patterson, at 21 years (and ten months) of age, became the division’s youngest ever champion. Having let Patterson drop out of the public eye, at a press conference in mid-May 1957, Cus D’Amato, the champion’s manager, stated that he had broken from the International Boxing Club and was planning a title defence against Tommy Jackson in the Summer. Accepting there were no great fights out there for Patterson was one thing, but using him for political ends was another. The majority of people in boxing thought that Patterson should be an active champion, fighting every two or three months against whoever was put in front of him. Instead, he remained inactive.

However, Jackson, who was the leading challenger according to The Ring magazine, was certainly talking a good fight, having recently beaten Bob Baker (w pts 12 at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on 26 September), in what was effectively an eliminator, and Julio Mederos. The wild swinging Jackson had run up 30 fights since turning pro in 1952, beating Rex Layne (twice), Clarence Henry, Dan Bucceroni, Charley Norkus, Jimmy Slade, Ezzard Charles (twice), Baker (twice) and Johnny Williams, the former British and British Empire champion. Apart from losing to Patterson in a 1956 eliminator, Jackson’s porous defence also let him down against Bert Whitehurst, Slade (twice) and Nino Valdes.