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Floyd Patterson Record

Total Fights64
Title Wins6
Title Defenses6
Title-Fight KOs8
KO Wins40
KO Losses5
Floyd Patterson Record & Stats
Floyd Patterson's Record
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      What is Floyd Patterson's boxing record?

      In a professional boxing career spanning 20 years, Floyd Patterson fought 64 times with 55 wins, 8 losses, and 1 draw.

      Patterson retired from professional boxing with a record of 55-8-1, which included one world-championship elevation, six world-title wins, and six successful title defense fights at the heavyweight weight division. He had a 62.5% knockouts-to-fights ratio with 40 of his total 64 fights being knockout wins, eight of which were in title fights. Patterson suffered five knockout losses in his career, four of which were in title fights.

      His last fight was a 7th round RTD defeat to Muhammad Ali on September 20, 1972.

      Some of Patterson's best fights and notable victories include wins over two Hall-of-Famers (Ingemar Johansson and Archie Moore), Henry Cooper, George Chuvalo, and Oscar Bonavena.

      64Sep 20, 197237Muhammad AliLossRTD7
      63Jul 14, 197237Pedro AgostoWinTKO6
      62Feb 11, 197237Oscar BonavenaWinUD
      61Nov 23, 197136Charlie HarrisWinKO6
      60Aug 21, 197136Vic BrownWinUD
      59Jul 17, 197136Charley PoliteWinUD
      58May 26, 197136Terry DanielsWinUD
      57Mar 29, 197136Roger RussellWinTKO9
      56Jan 16, 197136Levi ForteWinKO2
      55Sep 15, 197035Charley GreenWinKO10
      54Sep 14, 196833Jimmy EllisLoss *PTS
      53Oct 28, 196732Jerry QuarryLossMD
      52Jun 9, 196732Jerry QuarryDrawMD
      51Mar 30, 196732Bill McMurrayWinKO1
      50Feb 13, 196732Willie JohnsonWinKO3
      49Sep 20, 196631Henry CooperWinKO4
      48Nov 22, 196530Muhammad AliLoss *TKO12
      47May 14, 196530Tod HerringWinTKO3
      46Feb 1, 196530George ChuvaloWinUD
      45Dec 12, 196429Charlie PowellWinKO6
      44Jul 5, 196429Eddie MachenWinPTS
      43Jan 6, 196429Santo AmontiWinTKO8
      42Jul 22, 196328Sonny ListonLoss *KO1
      41Sep 25, 196227Sonny ListonLoss *KO1
      40Dec 4, 196126Tom McNeeleyWin *KO4
      39Mar 13, 196126Ingemar JohanssonWin *KO6
      38Jun 20, 196025Ingemar JohanssonWin *KO5
      37Jun 26, 195924Ingemar JohanssonLoss *TKO3
      36May 1, 195924Brian LondonWin *KO11
      35Aug 18, 195823Roy HarrisWin *RTD12
      34Aug 22, 195722Pete RademacherWin *KO6
      33Jul 29, 195722Tommy JacksonWin *TKO10
      32Nov 30, 195621Archie MooreWin *KO5
      31Jun 8, 195621Tommy JacksonWinSD
      30Apr 10, 195621Alvin WilliamsWinKO3
      29Mar 12, 195621Jimmy WallsWinTKO2
      28Dec 8, 195520Jimmy SladeWinTKO7
      27Oct 13, 195520Calvin BradWinKO1
      26Sep 29, 195520Dave WhitlockWinKO3
      25Sep 8, 195520Alvin WilliamsWinTKO8
      24Jul 6, 195520Archie McBrideWinKO7
      23Jun 23, 195520Yvon DurelleWinRTD5
      22Mar 17, 195520Esau FerdinandWinTKO10
      21Jan 17, 195520Don GrantWinTKO5
      20Jan 7, 195520Willie TroyWinTKO5
      19Nov 19, 195419Jimmy SladeWinUD
      18Oct 22, 195419Joe GannonWinUD
      17Oct 11, 195419Esau FerdinandWinUD
      16Aug 2, 195419Tommy HarrisonWinTKO1
      15Jul 12, 195419Jacques Royer CrecyWinTKO7
      14Jun 7, 195419Joey MaximLossUD
      13May 10, 195419Jesse TurnerWinUD
      12Apr 19, 195419Alvin WilliamsWinUD
      11Mar 30, 195419Sammy BrownWinTKO2
      10Feb 15, 195419Yvon DurelleWinUD
      9Dec 14, 195318Dick WagnerWinTKO5
      8Oct 19, 195318Wes BascomWinUD
      7Jun 1, 195318Gordon WallaceWinTKO3
      6Apr 13, 195318Dick WagnerWinSD
      5Jan 28, 195318Chester MieszalaWinTKO5
      4Dec 29, 195217Lalu SabotinWinTKO5
      3Oct 31, 195217Lester JohnsonWinTKO3
      2Oct 6, 195217Sammy WalkerWinTKO2
      1Sep 12, 195217Eddie GodboldWinKO4

      * World-title fight

      Boxing career

      Floyd Patterson (The Gentleman of Boxing) was an American professional boxer. He was born in Waco, North Carolina, U.S. on January 4, 1935. He was a heavyweight world champion. He died on May 11, 2006 at the age of 71 years. Patterson was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame (IBHOF) in 1991. His professional boxing career spanned more than 20 years — from 1952 to 1972.

      Patterson made his professional boxing debut against Eddie Godbold at the age of 17 on September 12, 1952, defeating Godbold via 4th round KO. He went on to win 12 more consecutive fights after the debut, which included 7 wins via stoppage.

      He had his first world title fight at the age of 21 on November 30, 1956 after 31 professional fights, against Archie Moore for the heavyweight NBA (vacant), NYSAC, and The Ring titles. He defeated Moore via 5th round KO to become the heavyweight champion of the world.

      Patterson won two world titles at heavyweight. He was elevated as world champion once. For all the details about Patterson's world title wins and defenses refer to the "Championships" section below.

      Patterson had a total of eight losses in his professional boxing career.

      His last professional fight was a non-title rematch against fellow American boxer Muhammad Ali at 37 years of age, on September 20, 1972. Patterson lost the fight via 7th round RTD.


      Patterson had a total of 13 world-title fights, which includes winning six world titles and six successful title defenses. He won eight of these fights and lost five.

      Title Wins

      Floyd Patterson fought for heavyweight world titles in five fights and won two of these fights, both of them via stoppage. In total, he won two heavyweight belts. He was elevated as world champion once, by WBA.

      DateOpponentDivisionTitles WonMethod
      Jun 20, 1960Ingemar JohanssonHeavyweightNBA, NYSAC, The RingKO
      Nov 30, 1956Archie MooreHeavyweightNBA*, NYSAC, The RingKO
      * Vacant title

      Title Defenses

      Floyd Patterson had eight heavyweight world-title defense fights. He won six of them and lost two times.

      Following is the table of his successful title defense fights, the next section has the fights where he lost his titles.

      DateOpponentDivisionTitles DefendedMethod
      Dec 4, 1961Tom McNeeleyHeavyweightNBA, NYSAC, The RingKO
      Mar 13, 1961Ingemar JohanssonHeavyweightNBA, NYSAC, The RingKO
      May 1, 1959Brian LondonHeavyweightNBA, NYSAC, The RingKO
      Aug 18, 1958Roy HarrisHeavyweightNBA, NYSAC, The RingRTD
      Aug 22, 1957Pete RademacherHeavyweightNBA, NYSAC, The RingKO
      Jul 29, 1957Tommy JacksonHeavyweightNBA, NYSAC, The RingTKO

      Title Losses

      Floyd Patterson lost two world-title defense fights, and lost a total of six titles in these fights.

      DateOpponentDivisionTitles LostMethod
      Sep 25, 1962Sonny ListonHeavyweightNYSAC, WBA, The RingKO
      Jun 26, 1959Ingemar JohanssonHeavyweightNBA, NYSAC, The RingTKO


      Patterson fought a total of 64 times during his professional career, which includes 13 world-title fights at the heavyweight division. He was among the very best of his generation and put on some great performances in his fights. These six fights are the highlight of his career.

      • November 30, 1956: Patterson wins his first world titles by defeating Archie Moore via 5th round KO. He is now the NBA , NYSAC, and The Ring heavyweight world champion.

      • June 20, 1960: Patterson wins the NBA, NYSAC, and The Ring heavyweight titles from Ingemar Johansson, by beating Johansson via 5th round KO.

      • March 13, 1961: Patterson successfully defends the NBA, NYSAC, and The Ring heavyweight titles against Ingemar Johansson, winning the fight via 6th round KO.

      • February 1, 1965: Floyd Patterson beats George Chuvalo via 12th round unanimous decision.

      • September 20, 1966: Floyd Patterson beats Henry Cooper via 4th round KO.

      • February 11, 1972: Floyd Patterson beats Oscar Bonavena via 10th round unanimous decision.


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