Floyd Patterson vs. Tommy Jackson (2nd meeting)

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1957-07-29 : Floyd Patterson 184 lbs beat Tommy Jackson 192½ lbs by TKO at 1:52 in round 10 of 15

Unable to cope with the speed of the champion’s punches, Jackson's nose was bloodied and he was put down by a combination of rights and lefts to the head just as the bell rang to end the opening session. It did not get any better for Jackson in the second round when Patterson spun him around and dropped him to a knee from a right to the jaw. Named ‘The Hurricane’ due his fighting style, Jackson bravely punched away, but it was Patterson who was doing all the scoring. By the sixth it was apparent that the end was drawing near, but Jackson, his left eye almost closed, would not hear of it and although he was dropped by a pair of body blows and left hooks in the ninth and took a terrific left to the jaw immediately prior to the bell he came out fighting in the tenth. With the brave Jackson just walking into punches and refusing to go down it was left to the referee to save him from taking further punishment, the finish being timed at 1.52. Jackson went to the hospital five hours after the fight to be treated for a bruised kidney. He was kept for several days for observation. Patterson visited Jackson in the hospital three days after the bout.

Notes

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  • Floyd Patterson (22 KOs) vs. Tommy Jackson 29-5-1 (13 KOs)
  • Patterson was a 1/5 betting favorite to win and held 8/5 odds to do so by knockout.
  • Patterson entered having not fought in eight months following his knockout victory over Archie Moore (159-20-8) to claim the title.
  • The estimated gross of the gate was $250,000.
  • Patterson earned a guaranteed $175,000 (or 40% of receipts and radio-TV) for the bout, but waved $51,140 out of what Cus D'Amato called "personal reasons." Later he said he did so to help new promoter Lence get off to a good start and that in view of Patterson's tax situation "it only appears as an act of generosity."
  • Jackson's share was 20% of receipts and radio-TV.
  • The two fought 13 months prior with Patterson winning via split decision.

Quotes

  • "I'll try to take him out in five rounds to help my reputation and to lessen the chance of getting a face cut that might postpone my next defense against Pete Rademacher." - Floyd Patterson
  • "Jackson kept telling me in the clinches to come out and fight. He called me a bum. That's a funny way to describe a man who's winning the fight." - Floyd Patterson

Sources

  • Barry Hugman's History of World Championship Boxing, by Barry Hugman
  • "Jackson's Injury Not Influencing Patterson" by Murray Rose (1957, July 25) The Owosso Argus-Press p.16. Article
  • "Champ Favored In First Title Defense Tonight" (1957, July 29) Oxnard Press-Courier p. 10. Article
  • "Patterson Whips Jackson; Bout Stopped in 10th" (1957, July 25) The Nevada Daily Mail p.5. Article