Muhammad Ali vs. Floyd Patterson (2nd meeting)

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1972-09-20 : Muhammad Ali 218 lbs beat Floyd Patterson 188½ lbs by RTD at 3:00 in round 7 of 12


  • A crowd of 17,378 produced a gate of $512,361 at Madison Square Garden.
  • Ali opened a cut above Patterson's left eye in the sixth round.
  • Patterson's left eye was swollen shut by the end of the seventh round, and the fight was stopped.
  • This was the last fight of Patterson's professional career.


  • "Patterson is a great, great fighter. I thought he'd be nothing, but he surprised me. I didn't knock him out. I didn't get him on a TKO. All I did was close his eye." - Muhammad Ali after the fight

Preceded by:
Ali vs. Quarry II
NABF Heavyweight Title Fight
# 8
Succeeded by:
Ali vs. Foster