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Former heavyweight champion Floyd Patterson dead at 71


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NEW PALTZ, N.Y. ? (AP) ? Floyd Patterson, who came back from an embarrassing loss to

become the first boxer to regain the heavyweight title, died Thursday. He was 71.


Patterson died at his home, having suffered from Alzheimer's disease for about eight

years, according to nephew Sherman Patterson. Patterson also had prostate cancer.


Patterson's career was marked by historic highs and humiliating lows.


He emerged from a troubled childhood in Brooklyn to win the Olympic middleweight

championship in 1952.


In 1956, the undersized heavyweight became at age 21 the youngest man to win the

title with a fifth-round knockout of Archie Moore.


But three years later, Patterson was knocked down seven times in the third round in

losing the title to Ingemar Johansson at the Polo Grounds in New York City.


Patterson returned with a vengeance at the same site in 1960, knocking out Johansson

with a tremendous left hook to retake the title.


"They said I was the fighter who got knocked down the most, but I also got up the

most,'' Patterson said later.




RIP Floyd...one of the greatest fighters ever

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