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Floyd Patterson – Complete Championship Profile

Floyd Patterson – Complete Championship Profile


This is Rummy’s Corner. Floyd Patterson got his first opportunity
to fight for a championship on November 30, 1956 when he squared off against Archie Moore
for the vacant heavyweight world championship. Right from the start Patterson’s faster hands
and overall quickness were giving the Old Mongoose a lot of trouble. Patterson was exhibiting great balance, solid
defense, and a wide variety of offensive angles. In round 5 Patterson dropped Archie with a
thunderous left hook. Moore made it to his feet, but Patterson soon
had him down again, and this time Archie could not beat the count. It was a 5th round knockout, and Floyd Patterson
had just become the new heavyweight champion of the world, marking him as the youngest
ever heavyweight champion at that time. Patterson made the first defense of his heavyweight
world championship on July 29, 1957 when he had a rematch against Tommy �Hurricane’
Jackson. Patterson dominated this one right from the
start. A spirited barrage dropped Jackson as round
1 was drawing towards a close. Patterson dropped Jackson again with a terrific
right hand in round 2. Jackson exhibited a lot of heart, but he was
absorbing a lot of punishment. Patterson dropped him again with a furious
assault in round 9, but Tommy battled on. Another savage assault from Patterson prompted
referee Ruby Goldstein to call it off in the 10th. On August 22, 1957, Patterson made the second
defense of his heavyweight world championship against challenger Pete Rademacher. Rademacher was making his pro debut, and the
Olympic Champion dropped Floyd with a couple of nice rights in round 2. But Patterson battled back, and he proceeded
to ultimately drop Rademacher a grand total of seven times, the last of which was caused
by a booming right that finally kept the challenger down for the count. It was a 6th round knockout for Patterson. Patterson made the third defense of his heavyweight
crown on August 18, 1958 when he went up against undefeated challenger Roy Harris. In round 2 Harris landed a nice combo that
included a sneaky uppercut that floored the champ. But Patterson persevered and eventually battled
his way back. Patterson dropped Harris in round 7 and then
twice more in round 8. Patterson dropped Harris yet again in round
12, and Harris still continued on. But at the end of the 12th, his corner had
seen enough and stopped the fight. It was a 12th round stoppage for Floyd. Patterson made the fourth defense of his heavyweight
world championship when he squared off against challenger Brian London on May 1, 1959. Patterson got off to a good start and never
looked back, as he thoroughly outboxed the challenger. Patterson floored London with a sweet three
punch combination near the conclusion of round 10. In the following round, Patterson unleashed
another vicious assault that had London down again, and this time he would not be beating
the count. It was an 11th round knockout for Patterson. On June 26, 1959, Patterson made the fifth
defense of his heavyweight crown when he went up against undefeated challenger Ingemar Johansson. Right from the beginning, Johansson was doing
a good job of disrupting Patterson’s rhythm and making him reset. In the 3rd round Johansson landed a stinging
hook followed by a thunderous right that dropped the champion. Patterson was badly dazed, and was dropped
several more times in that round. It was a fine display of heart and courage
from the champion who kept doing his best to battle back, but he was being bombarded
by the challenger’s relentless assaults. After Johansson dropped Patterson for the
seventh time in the round, referee Ruby Goldstein had finally seen enough and waved it off. It was a 3rd round technical knockout, and
Ingemar Johnsson had just become the new heavyweight champion of the world. Patterson had an immediate rematch against
Johansson on June 20, 1960. Early in the rematch Patterson was showing
a greater willingness to take risks, and he was also being more effective at slipping
underneath the champion’s jab. It was a very tactical affair, where Patterson
was frequently using his own jab to neutralize Ingo’s jab. That enabled Floyd to utilize his faster hands,
quicker feet, and better overall athleticism in ways that were providing him with a tactical
advantage. In round 5 Patterson landed a crushing left
downstairs and he soon followed up with a leaping hook that sent Ingo crashing to the
canvas. Johnsson beat the count, and Patterson began
investing to the body, before going back to the head with another menacing left hook. Johansson was out cold, and he was counted
out by referee Arthur Mercante. Floyd Patterson had just become the first
boxer in history to regain the heavyweight world championship. Patterson made the first defense in his second
reign as heavyweight world champion on March 13, 1961 when he had a rubber match against
Johansson. Ingo’s Bingo found the mark early, and he
dropped the champion in the opening round. Moments later, another huge right from Ingo
had Patterson down again. Patterson again beat the count, and as Ingo
was walking him down, the champion unleashed two big shots, the second of which was a left
hook that nailed Ingo. Now the challenger was on the canvas, but
he beat the count and survived the round. Over the next few rounds things settled into
a more measured affair. In round 6, Patterson landed a left and a
couple of big rights that had Ingo down again. Johansson initially seemed like he would be
able to get up, but he stumbled back down and could not beat the count. It was a 6th round knockout for Patterson. Patterson made the second defense of his heavyweight
crown when he squared off against undefeated challenger Tom McNeeley on December 4, 1961. This one quickly evolved into a mismatch of
epic proportions. Try as he might McNeeley was simply no match
for the champion, and he was dropped repeatedly. McNeeley was down twice in round 1, he was
down several more times in round 3, and he was also dropped a few more times in round
4 for good measure before referee Jersey Joe Walcott finally counted McNeeley out. It was a 4th round knockout for Patterson. Patterson made the third defense of the heavyweight
world championship when he squared off against Sonny Liston on September 25, 1962. Patterson was trying to capitalize on his
superior speed, but Liston was simply too strong and too powerful. With about a minute left in the opening round,
Liston overwhelmed Patterson with a brutal assault that dropped the champion. Patterson was down and he would not be beating
the count. It was a 1st round knockout and Sonny Liston
had just become the new heavyweight champion of the world. Patterson had an immediate rematch with Liston
on July 22, 1963. Early in round 1, Liston unleashed a clubbing
barrage of shots that dropped the challenger. Patterson beat the count, but before long
another brutal barrage from Liston had him down again. True to form, Patterson bravely rose and tried
fighting back, but the raw strength of Sonny was too much to endure. Patterson was down for the third time and
this time he could not beat the count. It was another 1st round knockout for Sonny
Liston. Patterson received his next opportunity to
fight for a portion of the heavyweight title on November 22, 1965 when he challenged WBC
champion Muhammad Ali. Right from the opening bell, Patterson was
having difficulty coping with Ali’s quicker feet and faster hands. Ali was simply too good and too skilled for
Patterson in nearly every facet. A spirited attack from Ali scored a knockdown
in round 6, and after that, despite his best efforts Patterson was never able to establish
a favorable rhythm. Later in the fight it had become target practice
for Ali, and in round 12, referee Harold Krause had seen enough and waved it off. It was a 12th round technical knockout for
Ali. Patterson’s next title fight happened on September
14, 1968 when he challenged WBA heavyweight champion Jimmy Ellis. This one was a hard fought competitive battle
of tactics and positioning. Patterson appeared to score a knockdown in
round 14, but it was officially ruled a slip. At the end of 15 rounds of action the lone
judge in the contest, referee Harold Valan scored the bout 9-6 in favor of Ellis. The decision was somewhat controversial, and
this wound up being the final championship contest during the long and illustrious Hall
of Fame career of Floyd Patterson. In conclusion, with regards to championship
contests, all of which took place at heavyweight: The final championship record for Floyd Patterson
consisted of 13 contests, with 8 victories, 5 defeats, 0 draws, with all 8 victories coming
by way of knockout. Thanks for watching everyone! Hope you enjoyed, and have a wonderful night. This is Rummy’s Corner.

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100 thoughts on “Floyd Patterson – Complete Championship Profile

  1. "The Gentleman of Boxing" Floyd Patterson.
    PRO record: 55-8-1, KO's 40 / Amateur record: 40-4, KO's 37.
    # 1952 Olympic Gold medalist = The first ever Olympic gold medalist to become world heavyweight champion.
    # 2-Time Undisputed Heavyweight Champion of the World (1956-1959 & 1960-1962) = The first man ever to regain the world heavyweight championship.
    # At 21 years young, Floyd Patterson became the youngest Undisputed Heavyweight Champion of the World ever – The record stod till 1986 when Mike Tyson at age 20 took over the record.
    # The ORIGINAL "Peek-a-boo" style boxer.

    # World title record: 13 world title fights = 8-5-0, KO's 8.
    # Most notable victory opponents: Archie Moore, Ingemar Johansson x2, George Chuvalo, Henry Cooper, Tommy Jackson x2, Brian London, Eddie Machen, Oscar Bonavena &
    Tom McNeeley.
    # Most notable losses opponents: Mohammad Ali x2, Sonny Liston x2, Ingemar Johansson, Joey Maxim, Jimmy Ellis, Jerry Quarry,

  2. Patterson truly doesn't get his due when people talk about the All-Time Greats… The man was so undersized he should have been fighting at LWH (and if he did then IMO he'd be remembered as the best ever in that division). Even with his substantial size disadvantage, this guy was knocking dudes the FK out…

    He was also one of the most honorable and kind men outside of the ring… When Ali beat Liston in their 1st fight to take the heavyweight title, Liston was devastated… He ended up finding Floyd Patterson waiting for him in the locker room afterwards, who did his best to console him since he personally knew what Liston was going through… If you recall from the video, Liston straight up butchered Patterson in just a single round in two straight fights (and took the heavyweight title from him). That's just the kind of man he was. Others may forget about him, but I certainly never will – one of my 5 favorite fighters in all of history!

  3. I love your championship profile videos. Very entertaining and i'm learning a lot. Please do more. Atleast, once a week. Thank you.

  4. One of my absolute favorite fighters to watch. The leaping left hook was amazing. Robbed against Ellis. How does a championship fight get judged by a sole referee? That's absolutely crazy.

  5. Howard Cosell wrote in one of his books about Floyd, devoting a whole chapter. As a boy Floyd found a hole in the subway that he would crawl in to escape all his troubles at home.

  6. Ib for lb a fantastic boxer ! Remember Floyd was only about 185lbs against much much heavier fighters and often gave away 30 to 40 lbs. Today he would easily make cruiserweight limit !

  7. I always had him at my number 10 spot of the best heavyweights of all time
    With a better chin and a bigger frame he would be unbeatable

  8. Looks like the young Ali was fighting aging fighters in the 60's, but in the 70s nearly all his opponents were younger than him.

  9. I think it is time for "The Real Deal" – either TOP 5 notable wins, or complete championship profile. Two weight classes, three decades.

  10. Floyd is Still the youngest man to win the heavyweight championship. Tyson won an alphabet belt at 20, but was older than Floyd when Mike knocked out Spinx to win the world title. All alphabet belts are BULL SHIT and have zero credibility.

  11. One of the most skilled and naturally talented HW champs in history but in hypothetical H2H's it's his chin and size that make him the underdog against other ATG's.

  12. Rummy your videos are superb.Floyd Patterson was a class act,definitely had one of the greatest left hooks in heavyweight history and also had fantastic hand-speed.

  13. people tend to forget Floyd Patterson's best years was the mid-'50s when Ali got him in the 60's that sharp speed wasn't there anymore all I am saying is if mid 50's Floyd fought Ali it would have been a different fight.

  14. Mike Tyson stated in 1988 that Patterson had the fastest hands of any HW. The 1st time he fought Ali he had a bad back, hence why Ali peppered him. Ali said that Floyd Patterson was the most skilful HW he ever fought, Henry Cooper said Patterson hit him the hardest out of anyone.

  15. Floyd was the youngest HW champ under Cus, then the record was broken by Mike under Cus… great video.. keep them coming..

  16. yeah Patterson was a great fighter.ali said Patterson was the most skilled fighter he ever fought….at the time,nobody had seen a heavyweight with such hand speed….he was also the first heavyweight.to regain the title.unheard of at the time….he was also the youngest to become heavyweight champion at the time.all these accomplishments unheard of at the time(this was all before Muhammad Ali)… Marciano also picked Floyd Patterson both times to beat Liston….that went to show his own high opinion of Patterson

  17. This was before weight classes sonny & Ali was so much bigger then Floyd people gotta give him credit for that. Floyd was a beast with his hand speed & accurate punches.

  18. One of the fastest heavyweights of all time. Excellent puncher too. Great power. Along with another Cus D'amato fighter, Mike Tyson, who ended up breaking the Patterson record for being the youngest heavyweight champion of all time.

  19. If Floyd got a W over Rocky would Patterson legacy been better cemented than The Rocks if he had got a W over Floyd?

  20. His post champion career was fairly impressive with wins over Cooper , Chuvio ,Machen and Benvenia and a draw with Quarry, Many thought he one his fight with Ellis .So he came close to being the first three-time heavyweight champion . Ali and Liston where just too big and strong for him.If he stayed at light heavy he would of beat Moores 10 year reign record .Patterson vs Foster would have been great

  21. Kind of Tyson esc. Beat a bunch of nobodies in his youth then the real fighters showed up in the next decade and destroyed him.

  22. Can you make a profiles on boxing managers, and promotoers and trainers first on the list on cus damato and what he had to go through with the ibc, carbo and the senate hearing plus the three champions that he managed and the peekaboo syle. and keep up the good work.

  23. Patterson had some fast ass hands, good ring IQ, and tons of heart. Very underrated resume. Instead of looking at the Liston losses in such a negative light just give credit to Liston for being an amazing puncher and finisher. Remember he needed to drop Patterson 3x.

    Patterson probably would have been held in much higher regard if he won the wba tournament and became the first 3x champ. He always gave a good account of himself and continued to get good wins and performances long past his prime.

  24. Uhm, this video has only been up for a few days and there are 3 dislikes! Who would dislike this? I don't understand that. Thank you for making these videos, Rummy.

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