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)
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

Amateur Career

  • Amateur Record: 40-4, 37 KOs
  • Started working out at the Gramercy Gym on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, owned and run by Cus D'Amato. In 1950, he started boxing as an amateur.
  • In 1951, Patterson won the Open New York Daily News Golden Gloves and the New York Golden Gloves Tournament Of Champions, both in the middleweight division.
  • In 1952, Patterson won the Open New York Golden Gloves, the New York Golden Gloves Tournament Of Champions and the Intercity Golden Gloves Championship, all in the light heavyweight division.
  • Also in 1952 he won the National AAU and the Olympic Gold Medal, both in the middleweight division.
  • Olympic 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 title with a 5th-round KO of Archie Moore. At the age of 21, Patterson was the youngest ever world heavyweight champion. His record was surpassed by Mike Tyson, who won the WBC heavyweight title at age 20 in 1986.
  • Was the first person to regain the world heavyweight title. He lost it twice, defended it successfully seven times, and failed to regain it three times.

Post Boxing Career

  • Trained his adopted son, Tracy Harris Patterson, who won world titles in two weight divisions.
  • 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.

Awards & Recognition

Factoids

  • Born January 4, 1935, in a cabin in Waco, North Carolina. He was the third eldest of 11 children.
  • His younger brother, Ray Patterson, also became a professional heavyweight boxer.
  • 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.
  • Trained Donovan Ruddock

External Links


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