Floyd Patterson: A Boxer and a Gentleman

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McFarland, Sep 22, 2008 - Sports & Recreation - 297 pages
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Floyd Patterson delivered a number of knockout punches during his Hall of Fame career, but it might have been the fights he won outside the ring that made him great. Born in 1935, he overcame poverty and prejudice to become the youngest world heavyweight champion in history--and he would later become the first man to regain the crown after losing it. Muhammad Ali called Patterson the most skillful fighter he ever faced. This first complete biography of the former heavyweight champion covers Patterson's meteoric rise as a boxer while giving equal attention to his life away from sport, including his work as a civil rights activist in the 1960s. Joining Ali and George Frazier as boxers who used their celebrity to bring attention to social issues, he became an icon of the movement.
 

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Levy's (history, Slippery Rock Univ.) wonderfully written book is the first full biography of the man who was the youngest world heavyweight champion in boxing history as well as the first boxer to ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Never Seemed Not Scared
9
Didnt Know Where I Was or What I Was Doing
16
Hell Be the Champ
28
Champ
45
Frustrations on Top
59
Ingemar
81
Its Never Been Done
95
Four Seconds Longer
160
Muhammad and the Rabbit
174
Nowhere To Go
199
California Rules
212
Robbed in Stockholm
219
Just One More Shot
232
Contentment
246
Chapter Notes
267

On Top of the Boxing World
109
Sonny
124
Sunglasses and Fake Whiskers
139

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About the author (2008)

Alan H. Levy is a professor of history at Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania. He is the author of numerous titles, including books about baseball, football, boxing, and American music.

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