Floyd Patterson vs. Archie Moore

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Patterson drops Moore in the fifth round.

Archie Moore 188 lbs lost to Floyd Patterson 182 lbs by KO at 2:27 in round 5 of 15


  • Patterson, at age 21, became the youngest World Heavyweight Champion of all-time. Previously, the youngest champion had been Joe Louis, who was 23 when he won the title from Jim Braddock in 1937. Patterson's mark was broken in 1986, when 20-year-old Mike Tyson defeated Trevor Berbick to win the WBC title. Tyson, like Patterson, was a protege of Cus D'Amato.
  • Moore, at age 39, would have been the oldest fighter to win the World Heavyweight Championship.
  • The World Heavyweight Championship became vacant with the retirement of Rocky Marciano, who held the title from 1952 to 1956.
  • Moore was a 9 to 5 betting favorite.
  • There was an announced crowd of 14,000.
  • The gross gate was $228,145 and the net was $187,585.
  • The TV-radio rights were $180,000.
  • Each fighter got 30 percent of $367,585.


  • "The turning point came in the third round. I landed a left in his stomach and I heard him say, 'ugh' — or something like that. I knew then I had hurt him and I knew I could beat him." - Floyd Patterson
  • "No, I really think that he said so much that he was worried himself. It gave me a world of confidence." - Floyd Patterson, when asked if Moore's popping off before the fight bothered him.
  • "I'm all right. The referee shouldn't have stopped it. I felt Floyd Patterson is a vastly improved fighter. He has potentialities of being a great fighter when he gets some experience. I felt confident I could beat him, but I also learned that youth can be too much. I came up the long hard road, but when I got there I found the door slammed shut." - Archie Moore

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