Floyd Patterson: The Fighting Life of Boxings Invisible Champion by W.K. StrattonA well-researched and overdue tribute. Like one of Pattersons reliable left hooks, Stratton sharply recounts the life of an important, but often forgotten, two-time world heavyweight champion. — Gary Andrew Poole, author of PacMan: Behind the Scenes with Manny Pacquiao
In 1956, Floyd Patterson became, at age twenty-one, the youngest boxer to claim the title of world heavyweight champion. Later, he was the first ever to lose and regain that honor.
Here, the acclaimed author W. K. Stratton chronicles the life of the Gentle Gladiator — an athlete overshadowed by Alis theatrics and Listons fearsome reputation, and a civil rights activist overlooked in the Whos Who of race politics. From the Gramercy Gym and wildcard manager Cus D’Amato to the final rematch against Ali in 1972, Pattersons career spanned boxings golden age. He won an Olympic gold medal, had bouts with Moore and Johansson, and was interviewed by James Baldwin, Gay Talese, and Budd Schulberg. A complex, misunderstood figure — he once kissed an opponent at the end of a match — he was known for his peekaboo stance and soft-spoken nature.
Floyd Patterson was boxing’s invisible champion, but in this deeply researched and beautifully written biography he comes vividly to life and is finally given his due — as one of the most artful boxers of his time and as one of our great sportsmen, a man who shaped the world in and out of the ring.
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On This Day: Muhammad Ali defeats Floyd Patterson again
Need an account? Email Address. IT was a battle between two hall-of-famers at very different stages of their respective careers. For Muhammad Ali it was an important fight just before what was arguably the best years of his career — with wins over Joe Frazier, George Foreman and Ken Norton still to come. For Floyd Patterson it would be the last time he graced a boxing ring, a glittering career crashed to an end with an emphatic loss. Before the fight the undisputed heavyweight champion Joe Frazier, who had already defeated Ali in the first matchup of their famous trilogy, was brought into the ring and introduced to the crowd.
He's a step closer to the slum he came from. I'm the greatest. Go a little crazy, maybe, crazy with some ferocious fear. So far it has worked for him. What he will be like if he loses, I do not know. He greeted me warmly and introduced me to his family.
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He is simply The Greatest. Signature fight Oct. He brought out the best in me, and the best fight we fought was in Manila. It was a.