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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 an incredible, yet frequently forgotten, two-time international heavyweight champion." — Gary Andrew Poole, writer of PacMan: backstage with Manny Pacquiao

In 1956, Floyd Patterson grew to become, at age twenty-one, the youngest boxer to say the identify of global 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 through Ali's theatrics and Liston's fearsome attractiveness, and a civil rights activist neglected within the Who's 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 Marciano and Johansson, and was once interviewed by means of James Baldwin, homosexual Talese, and Budd Schulberg. a fancy, 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 wonderfully written biography he comes vividly to lifestyles 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 hoop.

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In the car doors themselves, all you had to do was pop the panels, and there were plastic bags full of coke and grass, peyote and mescaline. Oh my God, how are we going to get out of this? It was the worst time to get busted. It was a miracle we had been allowed into the States at all for this tour. Our visas hung on a thread of conditions, as every police force in the big cities also knew, and had been fixed by Bill Carter with very hard long-distance footwork with the State Department and the Immigration Service over the previous two years.

In the end Mick decided to defer to the sentiments of the authorities, and it didn’t erect itself in San Antonio. In Memphis when they threatened to arrest Mick for singing the lyrics “Starfucker, starfucker,” Carter stopped them in their tracks by producing a playlist from the local radio station that showed they’d been playing it on the air without any protest for two years. What Carter saw and was determined to fight every inch of the way was that every time the police moved, in every city, they violated the law, acted illegally, tried to bust in without warrants, made searches without probable cause.

I think he was called Reg. Cousin Kay was their daughter. She pissed me off because she had really long legs, could always run faster than me. I came in a valiant second every time. She was older than me, though. We rode my first horse together, bareback. A great old white mare that barely knew what was going on, that had been put out to pasture, if you could call it that round where we lived. I was with a couple of mates and Cousin Kay, and we got on the fence and managed to get on the horse’s back, and thank God she’s a sweet mare, otherwise if she had taken off I would have gone for a loop.

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