- NAME: Floyd Patterson
- OCCUPATION: Boxer
- BIRTH DATE: January 04, 1935
- DEATH DATE: May 11, 2006
- Did You Know?: Floyd Patterson raced his old rival, Ingemar Johansson, in Sweden's Stockholm Marathon in 1982 and '83.
- Did You Know?: Floyd Patterson became the youngest heavyweight champion in history and the first heavyweight to regain his title following a loss.
- EDUCATION: Wiltwyck School for Boys, Public School 614, Alexander Hamilton Vocational High School
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Waco, North Carolina
- PLACE OF DEATH: New Paltz, New York
- Full Name: Floyd Patterson
- Nickname: The Gentleman of Boxing
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African-American boxer Floyd Patterson became the youngest heavyweight champion in history and the first heavyweight to regain his title following a loss.
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It was the last fight of Patterson's professional career, although he never formally retired, and he finished with an impressive record of 55-8-1, including 40 knockouts.
From 1977 to 1984, Patterson was a member of the New York State Athletic Commission, which supervised boxing in the state. He was honored for his accomplishments with his induction into the United States Olympic Committee Hall of Fame in 1987 and the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1991.
Patterson was named chairman of the New York State Athletic Commission in 1995, but the onset of Alzheimer's disease hindered his work, and he retired in 1998. Boxing's quiet champion died from the effects of Alzheimer's and prostate cancer on May 11, 2006, in New Paltz, New York.
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