By W. K. Stratton
In 1956, Floyd Patterson turned, at age twenty-one, the youngest boxer to say the identify of global heavyweight champion. Later, he used to be the 1st ever to lose and regain that honor.
Here, the acclaimed writer W. okay. Stratton chronicles the lifetime of "the mild Gladiator" — an athlete overshadowed via Ali's theatrics and Liston's fearsome attractiveness, and a civil rights activist neglected within the who is Who of race politics. From the Gramercy health club and wildcard supervisor Cus D’Amato to the ultimate rematch opposed to Ali in 1972, Patterson's profession spanned boxing's golden age. He gained an Olympic gold medal, had bouts with Moore and Johansson, and was once interviewed through James Baldwin, homosexual Talese, and Budd Schulberg. a posh, misunderstood determine — he as soon as kissed an opponent on the finish of a fit — he used to be recognized for his peekaboo stance and soft-spoken nature.
Floyd Patterson was once boxing’s invisible champion, yet during this deeply researched and fantastically written biography he comes vividly to existence and is eventually given his due — as some of the most crafty boxers of his time and as one in every of our nice sportsmen, a guy who formed the realm out and in of the ring.
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Floyd Patterson: The Fighting Life of Boxing’s Invisible Champion by W. K. Stratton