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.
On This Day: Muhammad Ali defeats Floyd Patterson again
Who does he think he is, sounding off like that? A free, white American intellectual? A monologue with Gay Talese. I have been called a "coward" and a "rabbit" and an "Uncle Tom" by Cassius Clay, and many people think that I share their contempt for him, but I do not. Cassius Clay, I think, is at heart a modest man.
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Muhammad Ali: Floyd Patterson Is An Uncle Tom
Muhammad Ali vs. Floyd Patterson refers to two heavyweight professional boxing matches between Muhammad Ali and Floyd Patterson. Ali won both fights through technical knockouts. The first fight was stopped in the 12th round; and the second after the 7th round. Patterson had previously lost his heavyweight title to Sonny Liston in a 1st round knockout. In a later rematch, Patterson lost again in the 1st round.
View Item. Washington University Digital Gateway Texts. Home Search Browse Bookbag Help. Interview with Floyd Patterson. These transcripts contain material that did not appear in the final program. Patterson, as a champion you were always considered a person who, outside the ring, led a quiet, reflective kind of life.
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.