Name: Floyd Patterson
Sport: Boxing
Weight Class: Middleweight
DOB: 1/4/1935
Birthplace: Waco, N.C.
Hometown: Waco, N.C.
Olympic Experience
  • Olympian (1952); Olympic medalist (1 gold)
  • Helsinki 1952, gold (boxing)
Personal: Son of Thomas and Annabelle Patterson...Was one of 11 siblings...Won the New York Golden Gloves as an amateur in the open middleweight class...Turned professional in 1952 following his Olympic success...Was the youngest heavyweight champion in history at 21...Became the first boxer to regain a heavyweight title in 1960...After his retirement, spoke before Congressional subcommittees defending the future of his sport...Chairman of the New York State Athletic Commission from 1999-98.