Floyd Patterson: A Boxer and a Gentleman

Floyd Patterson: A Boxer and a Gentleman

by Alan H. Levy
     
 

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

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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 Joe Frazier as boxers who used their celebrity to bring attention to social issues, he became an icon of the movement.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
wonderfully written...first full biography...an excellent study...a superior source on professional boxing from the mid-1950s through the mid-1970s. Highly recommended
The Midwest Book Review
a welcome addition
Boxing Monthly
very worthwhile...recommended

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786439508
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
09/22/2008
Pages:
297
Sales rank:
1,436,510
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

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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