Floyd Patterson

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Class of 1991
Modern Category
Hall of Fame bio:click
World Boxing Hall of Fame Inductee

Name: Floyd Patterson
Born: 1935-01-04
Birthplace: Waco, North Carolina, USA
Died: 2006-05-11 (Age:71)
Nationality: US American
Hometown: Brooklyn, New York, USA
Stance: Orthodox
Height: 6′ 0″   /   183cm
Reach: 71″   /   180cm
Boxing Record: click

Matchmaker: Teddy Brenner
Manager: Cus D'Amato
Trainers: Cus D'Amato, Joey Fariello, Dan Florio, Al Silvani

Contents

Amateur Career

  • Amateur Record: 40-4, 37 KOs
  • At age 14, Patterson started working out at the Gramercy Gym on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, owned and run by Cus D'Amato. He started boxing as an amateur in 1950.
  • In 1951, Patterson won the New York Daily News Golden Gloves and the New York Golden Gloves Tournament Of Champions, both in the open middleweight division.
  • In 1952, Patterson won the New York Daily News Golden Gloves, the New York Golden Gloves Tournament Of Champions and the Intercity Golden Gloves Championship, all in the open light heavyweight division.
  • Patterson won the 1952 National AAU Middleweight Championship.
  • Patterson won the Gold Medal in the middleweight division at the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki, Finland. Results:


Preceded by:
Herbert Hayes
New York Daily News Golden Gloves
Open Middleweight Champion

1951
Succeeded by:
Richard Hill
Preceded by:
Freddie Manns
New York Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions
Middleweight Champion

1951
Succeeded by:
Carl Blair
Preceded by:
Ned Hicks
New York Daily News Golden Gloves
Open Light Heavyweight Champion

1952
Succeeded by:
Eddie Smith
Preceded by:
Eldredge Thompson
New York Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions
Light Heavyweight Champion

1952
Succeeded by:
Harold Carter
Preceded by:
Bobby Jackson
Intercity Golden Gloves
Light Heavyweight Champion

1952
Succeeded by:
Harold Carter
Preceded by:
Thomas Nelson
National AAU Middleweight Champion
1952
Succeeded by:
Bryant Thompson
Preceded by:
Laszlo Papp
Olympic Gold Medalist
Middleweight Champion

1952
Succeeded by:
Gennady Schatkov


Professional Career

  • Professional Record: 55-8-1, 40 KOs
  • Won the vacant World Heavyweight Championship with a fifth-round KO of Archie Moore on November 30, 1956. At age 21, Patterson was the youngest ever World Heavyweight Champion. His record was surpassed by Mike Tyson, who won the WBC Heavyweight Championship at age 20 in 1986.
  • In his fifth title defense, Patterson lost the championship to Ingemar Johansson by a third-round TKO on June 26, 1959.
  • Knocked out Ingemar Johansson in five rounds on June 20, 1960 to become the first person to regain the World Heavyweight Championship.
  • Knocked out Ingemar Johansson in six rounds on March 13, 1961 to retain the World Heavyweight Championship.
  • In the third title defense of his second reign, Patterson lost the championship to Sonny Liston by a first-round KO on September 25, 1962. An embarrassed Patterson left the stadium wearing dark glasses and a fake beard.
  • Attempted to regain the championship from Sonny Liston on July 22, 1963, and was again knocked out in the first round.
  • Defeated Eddie Machen by a twelve-round unanimous decision on July 5, 1964.
  • Defeated George Chuvalo by a twelve-round unanimous decision on February 1, 1965.
  • Attempted to regain the championship from Muhammad Ali on November 22, 1965, and was stopped in twelve rounds.
  • Fought a ten-round draw with Jerry Quarry on June 9, 1967. Most of the ringside press thought Patterson won.
  • Lost to Jerry Quarry by a disputed twelve-round majority decision on October 28, 1967. The fight was part of the WBA's eight-man elimination tournament to fill the title vacancy left after Muhammad Ali was stripped of the title for refusing to be drafted into the U.S. Army.
  • Fought Jimmy Ellis for the WBA Heavyweight Championship on September 14, 1969, and lost by a disputed fifteen-round decision.
  • Defeated Oscar Bonavena by a ten-round unanimous decision on February 11, 1972.
  • In his last fight, Patterson was stopped after six rounds by Muhammad Ali on September 20, 1972.


Preceded by:
Rocky Marciano
Retired
World Heavyweight Champion
NBA World Heavyweight Champion
NYSAC World Heavyweight Champion

1956 Nov 30 – 1959 Jun 26
Succeeded by:
Ingemar Johansson
Preceded by:
Ingemar Johansson
World Heavyweight Champion
NBA World Heavyweight Champion
NYSAC World Heavyweight Champion

1960 Jun 20 – 1962 Sep 25
Succeeded by:
Sonny Liston


Post-Boxing Career

  • Trained his adopted son, Tracy Harris Patterson, who won world titles in two weight divisions.
  • Also trained heavyweight contender Razor Ruddock.
  • From 1977 to 1984, Patterson was a member of the New York State Athletic Commission. From 1995 to 1998, he was the chairman of the commission. On April 1, 1998, Patterson resigned as commission chairman after a published report said a three-hour videotape of a deposition he gave in a lawsuit revealed he couldn't remember aspects of his job or important events in his boxing career. He was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease soon afterward.

Awards & Recognition

Notes

  • Born in a cabin in Waco, North Carolina on January 4, 1935. He was the third eldest of 11 children.
  • Grew up in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn.
  • Patterson was a frequent truant who fell behind in school. At age 11, he could not read or write. He would not talk, and when someone talked to him he refused to look the person in the face. His mother had him committed to Wiltwyck School, a school in upstate New York for emotionally disturbed boys. His new teachers helped him learn to read and encouraged him to take up boxing.
  • His younger brother, Ray Patterson, also became a professional heavyweight boxer.
  • Patterson's autobiography, Victory Over Myself, was published in 1962.
  • Died on May 11, 2006 in his New Paltz, New York home. He suffered from Alzheimer's Disease and prostate cancer.
  • Patterson is the subject of Alan H. Levy's biography Floyd Patterson: A Boxer and a Gentleman.

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