Floyd Patterson vs. Pete Rademacher
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Floyd Patterson 187 lbs beat Pete Rademacher 202 lbs by KO at 2:57 in round 6 of 15
- Date: 1957-08-22
- Location: Sicks' Stadium, Seattle, Washington, USA
- Referee: Tommy Loughran
- Rademacher, the 1956 Olympic heavyweight champion, is the only boxer to fight for the World Heavyweight Championship in his first professional fight.
- Rademacher talked 22 wealthy Georgians into putting up Patterson's guaranteed purse of $250,000.
- Five days before the fight, former World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis called the bout "the worst mismatch in boxing history."
- The day before the fight, the Associated Press reported that Patterson was a 10 to 1 betting favorite. The AP quoted a Seattle businessman as saying: "Nobody is betting—while sober."
- The day of the fight, the United Press reported that there were no betting odds because the fight was considered to be a gross mismatch.
- There was no live radio or television. Promoter Jack Hurley said plans to show the fight on closed circuit television were canceled due to the three-hour time difference between Seattle and the east coast.
- A crowd of 16,961 produced a gate of $243,030.
- Rademacher floored Patterson in the second round. Patterson came back to score seven knockdowns before Rademacher was counted out at 2:57 of the sixth round.
- After the fight, Referee Tommy Loughran said of Rademacher: "He is the most courageous fighter I have ever seen."