Floyd Patterson (The Gentleman of Boxing) was an American professional boxer. He was born in Waco, North Carolina, U.S. on January 4, 1935. Patterson made his professional boxing debut at the age of 17 against Eddie Godbold on September 12, 1952. He was a heavyweight world champion. He died on May 11, 2006 at the age of 71 years. Patterson is a Hall of Famer.
In a career spanning 20 years, Floyd Patterson fought 64 times with 55 wins, 8 losses, and 1 draw. By his last professional fight on September 20, 1972, Patterson's record stood at 55-8-1 (40 KOs). In total, he fought 421 rounds of professional boxing in 64 bouts.
|Total Title Wins||6|
|Title-Fight KO Wins||8|
|Losses via KO||5|
|64||Sep 20, 1972||37||Muhammad Ali||Loss||RTD7|
|63||Jul 14, 1972||37||Pedro Agosto||Win||TKO6|
|62||Feb 11, 1972||37||Oscar Bonavena||Win||UD|
|61||Nov 23, 1971||36||Charlie Harris||Win||KO6|
|60||Aug 21, 1971||36||Vic Brown||Win||UD|
|59||Jul 17, 1971||36||Charley Polite||Win||UD|
|58||May 26, 1971||36||Terry Daniels||Win||UD|
|57||Mar 29, 1971||36||Roger Russell||Win||TKO9|
|56||Jan 16, 1971||36||Levi Forte||Win||KO2|
|55||Sep 15, 1970||35||Charley Green||Win||KO10|
|54||Sep 14, 1968||33||Jimmy Ellis||Loss||PTS|
|53||Oct 28, 1967||32||Jerry Quarry||Loss||MD|
|52||Jun 9, 1967||32||Jerry Quarry||Draw||MD|
|51||Mar 30, 1967||32||Bill McMurray||Win||KO1|
|50||Feb 13, 1967||32||Willie Johnson||Win||KO3|
|49||Sep 20, 1966||31||Henry Cooper||Win||KO4|
|48||Nov 22, 1965||30||Muhammad Ali||Loss||TKO12|
|47||May 14, 1965||30||Tod Herring||Win||TKO3|
|46||Feb 1, 1965||30||George Chuvalo||Win||UD|
|45||Dec 12, 1964||29||Charlie Powell||Win||KO6|
|44||Jul 5, 1964||29||Eddie Machen||Win||PTS|
|43||Jan 6, 1964||29||Santo Amonti||Win||TKO8|
|42||Jul 22, 1963||28||Sonny Liston||Loss||KO1|
|41||Sep 25, 1962||27||Sonny Liston||Loss||KO1|
|40||Dec 4, 1961||26||Tom McNeeley||Win||KO4|
|39||Mar 13, 1961||26||Ingemar Johansson||Win||KO6|
|38||Jun 20, 1960||25||Ingemar Johansson||Win||KO5|
|37||Jun 26, 1959||24||Ingemar Johansson||Loss||TKO3|
|36||May 1, 1959||24||Brian London||Win||KO11|
|35||Aug 18, 1958||23||Roy Harris||Win||RTD12|
|34||Aug 22, 1957||22||Pete Rademacher||Win||KO6|
|33||Jul 29, 1957||22||Tommy Jackson||Win||TKO10|
|32||Nov 30, 1956||21||Archie Moore||Win||KO5|
|31||Jun 8, 1956||21||Tommy Jackson||Win||SD|
|30||Apr 10, 1956||21||Alvin Williams||Win||KO3|
|29||Mar 12, 1956||21||Jimmy Walls||Win||TKO2|
|28||Dec 8, 1955||20||Jimmy Slade||Win||TKO7|
|27||Oct 13, 1955||20||Calvin Brad||Win||KO1|
|26||Sep 29, 1955||20||Dave Whitlock||Win||KO3|
|25||Sep 8, 1955||20||Alvin Williams||Win||TKO8|
|24||Jul 6, 1955||20||Archie McBride||Win||KO7|
|23||Jun 23, 1955||20||Yvon Durelle||Win||RTD5|
|22||Mar 17, 1955||20||Esau Ferdinand||Win||TKO10|
|21||Jan 17, 1955||20||Don Grant||Win||TKO5|
|20||Jan 7, 1955||20||Willie Troy||Win||TKO5|
|19||Nov 19, 1954||19||Jimmy Slade||Win||UD|
|18||Oct 22, 1954||19||Joe Gannon||Win||UD|
|17||Oct 11, 1954||19||Esau Ferdinand||Win||UD|
|16||Aug 2, 1954||19||Tommy Harrison||Win||TKO1|
|15||Jul 12, 1954||19||Jacques Royer Crecy||Win||TKO7|
|14||Jun 7, 1954||19||Joey Maxim||Loss||UD|
|13||May 10, 1954||19||Jesse Turner||Win||UD|
|12||Apr 19, 1954||19||Alvin Williams||Win||UD|
|11||Mar 30, 1954||19||Sammy Brown||Win||TKO2|
|10||Feb 15, 1954||19||Yvon Durelle||Win||UD|
|9||Dec 14, 1953||18||Dick Wagner||Win||TKO5|
|8||Oct 19, 1953||18||Wes Bascom||Win||UD|
|7||Jun 1, 1953||18||Gordon Wallace||Win||TKO3|
|6||Apr 13, 1953||18||Dick Wagner||Win||SD|
|5||Jan 28, 1953||18||Chester Mieszala||Win||TKO5|
|4||Dec 29, 1952||17||Lalu Sabotin||Win||TKO5|
|3||Oct 31, 1952||17||Lester Johnson||Win||TKO3|
|2||Oct 6, 1952||17||Sammy Walker||Win||TKO2|
|1||Sep 12, 1952||17||Eddie Godbold||Win||KO4|
Floyd Patterson was active from from 1952 to 1972. He started boxing professionally at 17 years of age; Patterson debuted against Eddie Godbold on September 12, 1952, and defeated Godbold via 4th round KO.
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. Patterson defeated Moore via 5th round KO to become the new heavyweight champion of the world.
Patterson's notable victories include wins over Ingemar Johansson, Archie Moore, Henry Cooper, George Chuvalo, and Oscar Bonavena. For a complete list of Patterson's best performances refer to Floyd Patterson's best fights.
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 was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame (IBHOF) in 1991.
Floyd Patterson fought for world titles in five fights and won two of them. In total, he won two belts at heavyweight (The Ring 2x).
Patterson knocked out 40 of his 64 opponents. By his last fight, his KO ratio was at 62.5%. Of his total 55 wins, 40 of them were via KO (72.7%).
Floyd Patterson had a total of eight losses in 64 fights — five of them in title bouts and three in non-title bouts. He suffered his first loss against Joey Maxim via 8 round UD in his 14th fight — his 13 fight win streak came to an end with this loss. He was stopped five times and lost three times via decision.
Jimmy Ellis, Jerry Quarry, Muhammad Ali, Sonny Liston, and Ingemar Johansson are some of the boxers who have beaten Patterson. For more details about these defeats, refer to All of Floyd Patterson's losses.