Floyd Patterson was an American professional boxer who competed from 1952 to 1972, and twice reigned as the world heavyweight champion between 1956 and 1962. At the age of 21, he became the youngest boxer in history to win the title, and was also the first heavyweight to regain the title after losing it. As an amateur, he won a gold medal in the middleweight division at the 1952 Summer Olympics. In 1956 and 1960, Patterson was voted Fighter of the Year by The Ring magazine and the Boxing Writers Association of America. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1991.
|Nickname(s):||The Gentleman of Boxing|
|Born:||January 4, 1935, Waco, North Carolina, U.S.|
|Died:||May 11, 2006, New Paltz, New York, U.S.|
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|Wins by KO:||40|
|IMDb:||Floyd Patterson's IMDb|
About Floyd Patterson
Two-time heavyweight boxing champion of the world who won a gold medal in the middleweight class at the 1952 Olympics. He compiled a career record of 55-8-1.
He was a petty thief, which landed him in a reformatory institution.
When he was 21, he became the undisputed heavyweight champion, the youngest to ever earn the title.
He divorced Sandra Hicks in 1969 when she pushed him to quit boxing.
Mike Tyson was just 20 years and 4 months old when he became the WBC Heavyweight Champion of the world, overtaking Patterson as the youngest champion ever.
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