1965-11-22 Muhammad Ali w rsc 12 (15) Floyd Patterson, Convention Centre, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBC
1965-11-22 Muhammad Ali w rsc 12 (15) Floyd Patterson, Convention Centre, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBC. Referee: Harry Krause. Right from the start, the champion controlled the fight and maintained a good lead before knocking Patterson (196¾) down with a left to the jaw in the sixth. After taking the mandatory ‘eight’ count, Patterson was soon back in the action until round seven saw his left eye swelling up as he tired. From the eighth onwards, Ali (210) seemed to be landing at will, sending in lefts and rights to Patterson’s head while taunting the latter continually. After being inspected by the doctor at the end of the 11th, Patterson was allowed out for the 12th, but after Ali set up a strong attack, driving the former champion before him, the referee had seen enough and called the fight off at 2.18 of the session. Undoubtedly, Patterson had struggled with back trouble in the 11th, but in reality he could not cope with Ali’s extra reach, winning only the first round on the cards.