By W. K. Stratton
"A well-researched and past due tribute. Like considered one of Patterson's trustworthy left hooks, Stratton sharply recounts the lifetime of a huge, yet usually forgotten, two-time international heavyweight champion." — Gary Andrew Poole, writer of PacMan: behind the curtain with Manny Pacquiao
In 1956, Floyd Patterson grew to become, at age twenty-one, the youngest boxer to assert the name of worldwide heavyweight champion. Later, he was once the 1st ever to lose and regain that honor.
Here, the acclaimed writer W. ok. Stratton chronicles the lifetime of "the light Gladiator" — an athlete overshadowed by way of Ali's theatrics and Liston's fearsome acceptance, and a civil rights activist ignored within the who is Who of race politics. From the Gramercy gymnasium and wildcard supervisor Cus D’Amato to the ultimate rematch opposed to Ali in 1972, Patterson's profession spanned boxing's golden age. He received an Olympic gold medal, had bouts with Moore and Johansson, and used to be interviewed by way of 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 was once recognized for his peekaboo stance and soft-spoken nature.
Floyd Patterson used to be boxing’s invisible champion, yet during this deeply researched and fantastically written biography he comes vividly to existence and is ultimately given his due — as probably the most crafty boxers of his time and as certainly one of our nice sportsmen, a guy who formed the realm out and in of the ring.