Patterson an all-time great outside the ropes

After Floyd Patterson's death at 71, experts and historians were as keen to talk about his personality as his ring record, Kieran Mulvaney writes.

Originally Published: May 12, 2006
By Kieran Mulvaney | Special to ESPN.com

When he knocked out Archie Moore in the fifth round in November 1956, Floyd Patterson became, at age 21, the youngest heavyweight champion in history -- a distinction he retained for almost exactly 30 years.

After being relieved of his title in June 1959, courtesy of a half-dozen knockdowns at the hands of Ingemar Johansson, he starched Johansson with a pair of leaping left hooks a year later, to become the first -- and, until Muhammad Ali shocked George Foreman and the world in Zaire ...

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