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, on September 12, 1952. 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.
In a professional boxing 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 KO wins, 5 KO losses).
Following is a tabular list of Patterson's fights. For a list with more details — like opponent record, opponent stats, including videos — refer to "All of Floyd Patterson's fights".
|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|
* World-title fight
Patterson was a heavyweight world champion. He held three world titles at the heavyweight weight division, one of which was a championship elevation, and the rest two were lineal championship wins.
|Weight Division||World Titles Held|
|Heavyweight||WBA, The Ring 2x|
Floyd Patterson was 183 cm tall (6' 0.05") with a reach of 180 cm (5' 10.87"). He used to fight out of the orthodox stance and presented an ape-index of -3 cm (-1.18").
Patterson had a 62.5% KO rate. Of his total 40 KO wins, 16 were in the early rounds, 18 in the mid rounds, and six in the later rounds. He had three first-round KO wins.
Floyd Patterson's 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.
Patterson 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 "Floyd Patterson World Titles".
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 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 four 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.
September 20, 1966: Floyd Patterson beats Henry Cooper via 4th round KO.
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%).
If you are interested in Patterson's boxing career, you should definitely check out the following fights.