Floyd Patterson

BORN   January 4 1935; Waco, North Carolina
DIED May 11 2006; New Paltz, New York
HEIGHT 5-11 1/2
WEIGHT 163 1/2-200 1/4 lbs
TRAINERS Joey Fariello, Dan Florio, Al Silvani

Patterson was a light heavyweight-cruiserweight who was good enough to compete with the big boys and actually win the Heavyweight Championship of the World; As an amateur, he won the New York Golden Gloves and Eastern Golden Gloves Middleweight Championships and Light Heavyweight Championships; He also won the Olympic Middleweight Championship

Floyd was a talented boxer who used a "peek-a-boo" style of holding his arms and hands in front of his face; He was quick and agile and carried a nice punch; His hands were extremely fast; His greatest weakness was his chin

Patterson is most famous for his three bout series with Ingemar Johansson of Sweden; During his career, he defeated such men as Johansson, Archie Moore, Eddie Machen, George Chuvalo, Henry Cooper, Oscar "Ringo" Bonavena, Brian London, Roy Harris, Yvon Durelle, Sante Amonti, Tommy Harrison, Tommy "Hurricane" Jackson, Willie Troy, Jimmy Slade, Esau Ferdinand, Dick Wagner and Alvin Williams

From 1977 to 1984, Floyd was a member of the New York State Athletic Commission and from 1995 to 1998, he was the Chairman; Patterson was inducted into the Ring Boxing Hall of Fame in 1976, the United States Olympic Committee Hall of Fame in 1987 and the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1991

*** SOME AMATEUR BOUTS (40-4-0, 37 KO) ***

       Richard Guerrero                                              L   
          -Inter-City Golden Gloves 160 Pound Championship

          -Patterson won the New York Golden Gloves 160 Pound Open Championship
          -Patterson won the Eastern Golden Gloves 160 Pound Championship

        Eddie Jones                                                   W   
          -Inter-City Golden Gloves 175 Pound Championship

          -Patterson won the New York Golden Gloves 175 Pound Open Championship

       Harold Carter                                                TK  1
          -Eastern Golden Gloves 175 Pound Championship

       Omar Tebakka                 Helsinki, Finland                W  3
       Leonardus Jansen             Helsinki, Finland               KO  1
       Stig Sjolin                  Helsinki, Finland               WF  3
Aug  2 Vasile Tita                  Helsinki, Finland               KO  1
          -Patterson won the Olympic Middleweight Gold Medal


Sep 12 Eddie Godbold                New York, NY                    TK  4
Oct  6 Sammy Walker                 Brooklyn, NY                    TK  2
Oct 21 Lester Johnson               New York, NY                    TK  3
Dec 29 Lalo Sabotin                 Brooklyn, NY                    TK  5

Jan 28 Chester Mieszala             Chicago, Il                     TK  5
Apr  3 Dick Wagner                  Brooklyn, NY                     W  8
Jun  1 Gordon Wallace               Brooklyn, NY                    TK  3
Oct 19 Wesbury Bascom               Brooklyn, NY                     W  8
Dec 14 Dick Wagner                  Brooklyn, NY                    TK  5

Feb 15 Yvon Durelle                 Brooklyn, NY                     W  8
Mar 30 Sam Brown                    Washington, DC                  TK  2
Apr 19 Alvin Williams               Brooklyn, NY                     W  8
May 10 Jesse Turner                 Brooklyn, NY                     W  8
Jun  7 Joey Maxim                   Brooklyn, NY                     L  8
Jul 12 Jacques Royer-Crecy          New York, NY                    TK  7
Aug  2 Tommy Harrison               Brooklyn, NY                    TK  1
Oct 11 Esau Ferdinand               New York, NY                     W  8
Oct 22 Joe Gannon                   New York, NY                     W  8
Nov 19 Jimmy Slade                  New York, NY                     W  8

Jan  7 Willie Troy                  New York, NY                    TK  5
Jan 17 Don Grant                    Brooklyn, NY                    TK  5
Mar 17 Esau Ferdinand               Oakland, Ca                     TK 10
Jun 23 Yvon Durelle                 Newcastle, NB, Can              TK  5
Jul  6 Archie McBride               New York, NY                    KO  7
Sep  8 Alvin Williams               Moncton, NB, Can                TK  8
Sep 29 Dave Whitlock                San Francisco, Ca               TK  3
Oct 13 Calvin Brad                  Los Angeles, Ca                 KO  1
Dec  8 Jimmy Slade                  Los Angeles, Ca                 TK  7

Mar 12 Jimmy Walls                  New Britain, Ct                 TK  2
Apr 10 Alvin Williams               Kansas City, Mo                 KO  3
Jun  8 Tommy "Hurricane" Jackson    New York, NY                     W 12
          -Heavyweight Championship Elimination Bout
Nov 30 Archie Moore                 Chicago, Il                     KO  5
          -Heavyweight Championship of the World

Apr 13 Julio Mederos                Kansas City, Mo                 EX  4
Apr 17 Julio Mederos                Minneapolis, Mn                 EX  4
Apr 19 Julio Mederos                Joplin, Mo                      EX  4
Apr 23 Alvin Williams               Wichita, Ks                     EX  4
Apr 26 Alvin Williams               Fort Smith, Ar                  EX  4
Jul 29 Tommy "Hurricane" Jackson    New York, NY                    TK 10
          -Heavyweight Championship of the World
Aug 22 Pete Rademacher              Seattle, Wa                     KO  6
          -Heavyweight Championship of the World

Feb  4 Dusty Rhodes                 Houston, Tx                     EX  3
Feb 25 Dusty Rhodes                 Philadelphia, Pa                EX  3
Mar 25 Dusty Rhodes                 London, Eng                     EX  3
Aug 18 Roy Harris                   Los Angeles, Ca                 TK 13
          -Heavyweight Championship of the World

May  1 Brian London                 Indianapolis, In                KO 11
          -Heavyweight Championship of the World
Jun 26 Ingemar Johansson            Bronx, NY                       LT  3
          -Heavyweight Championship of the World

Jun 20 Ingemar Johansson            New York, NY                    KO  5
          -Heavyweight Championship of the World

         -Patterson sparred several exhibitions in Sweden,
          Germany, England, and Italy

Mar 13 Ingemar Johansson            Miami Beach, Fl                 KO  6
          -Heavyweight Championship of the World
Dec  4 Tom McNeeley                 Toronto, Ont, Can               KO  4
          -Heavyweight Championship of the World

Sep 25 Charles "Sonny" Liston       Chicago, Il                     LK  1
          -Heavyweight Championship of the World

Jul 22 Charles "Sonny" Liston       Las Vegas, Nv                   LK  1
          -Heavyweight Championship of the World

Jan  6 Sante Amonti                 Stockholm, Sweden               TK  8
Jul  5 Eddie Machen                 Stockholm, Sweden                W 12
Dec 12 Charley Powell               San Juan, PR                    KO  6

Feb  1 George Chuvalo               New York, NY                     W 12
May 14 Tod Herring                  Stockholm, Sweden               TK  3
Nov 22 Muhammad Ali                 Las Vegas, Nv                   LT 12
          -Heavyweight Championship of the World

Sep 20 Henry Cooper                 London, Eng                     KO  4

Feb 13 Willie Johnson               Miami Beach, Fl                 KO  3
Mar 30 Bill McMurray                Pittsburgh, Pa                  KO  1
Jun  9 Jerry Quarry                 Los Angeles, Ca                  D 10
Oct 28 Jerry Quarry                 Los Angeles, Ca                  L 12
          -WBA Heavyweight Championship Elimination Bout

Sep 14 Jimmy Ellis                  Stockholm, Sweden                L 15
          -WBA Heavyweight Championship of the World

Sep 15 Charlie Green                New York, NY                    KO 10

Jan 16 Levi Forte                   Miami Beach, Fl                 TK  2
Mar 29 Roger Russell                Philadelphia, Pa                TK  9
May 26 Terry Daniels                Cleveland, Oh                    W 10
Jul 17 Charley Polite               Erie, Pa                         W 10
Aug 21 Vic Brown                    Buffalo, NY                      W 10
Nov 23 Charlie "Emperor" Harris     Portland, Or                    KO  6

Feb 11 Oscar "Ringo" Bonavena       New York, NY                     W 10
May  6 Charlie "Emperor" Harris     Washington, DC                  EX  5
Jul 14 Pedro Agosto                 Flushing, NY                    TK  6
Sep 20 Muhammad Ali                 New York, NY                    LT  7
          -NABF Heavyweight Championship

Record courtesy of Tracy Callis, Historian, International Boxing Research Organization
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