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Floyd Patterson

Boxing Champion Floyd Patterson

Profession: Boxing Champion

United States of America

Biography: Remains the youngest Undisputed Heavyweight Champion. He was also the first heavyweight boxer to regain the title.

Patterson had a record of 55 wins, 8 losses and 1 draw, with 40 wins by knockout.

Born: January 4, 1935
Birthplace: Waco, North Carolina, USA

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Dog
Star Sign: Capricorn

Died: May 11, 2006 (aged 71)

Historical Events

  • 1952-08-02 17 year-old future world champion Floyd Patterson wins the gold medal in the middleweight division at the Helsinki Olympic Games with a 1st round KO of Romanian Vasile Tita
  • 1955-01-07 20 year-old future world heavyweight boxing champion Floyd Patterson scores a 5th-round TKO of Willie Troy in a non-title super middleweight bout at New York’s Madison Square Garden
  • 1956-11-30 At 21 years, 10 months, 3 weeks, 5 days Floyd Patterson becomes youngest world heavyweight boxing champion; KOs Archie Moore in 5th round in Chicago; first Olympic gold medalist to win a professional heavyweight title
  • 1957-07-29 Floyd Patterson TKOs Tommy Jackson in 10 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1957-08-22 Olympic heavyweight boxing champion Pete Rademacher becomes first to contest the world title in his first professional bout; knocked out by Floyd Patterson in 6th round at Sicks' Stadium, Seattle
  • 1958-08-18 Floyd Patterson TKOs Roy Harris in 13 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1959-05-01 Floyd Patterson scores 11th round KO of Englishman Brian London in Indianapolis; his 4th World Heavyweight Boxing title defence
  • 1959-06-26 Ingemar Johansson TKOs Floyd Patterson in 3 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1960-06-20 Floyd Patterson KOs Ingemar Johansson in 5 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1961-03-13 Floyd Patterson KOs Ingemar Johansson in 6 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1961-12-04 Floyd Patterson KOs Tom McNeeley in 4 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1962-09-25 Challenger Sonny Liston KOs Floyd Patterson at 2:06 of round 1 at Comiskey Park, Chicago to win the world heavyweight boxing title
  • 1963-07-22 In their second clash Sonny Liston once again KOs Floyd Patterson in round 1 at the Convention Center, Las Vegas to retain the world heavyweight boxing title
  • 1965-02-01 Former world heavyweight boxing champion Floyd Patterson beats Canadian George Chuvalo by unanimous decision in a 12-round non-title clash at New York’s Madison Square Garden; 'The Ring' names bout Fight of the Year.
  • 1965-11-22 In his second title defence, Muhammad Ali scores 12th-round KO of Floyd Patterson at Las Vegas Convention Center to retain his world heavyweight boxing championship
  • 1968-09-14 Jimmy Ellis beats Floyd Patterson in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

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