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By MICHAEL HIRSLEY and MICHAEL HIRSLEY,CHICAGO TRIBUNE | May 12, 2006
CHICAGO -- Floyd Patterson was an undersized heavyweight champion in weight only. "He ennobled the sport," boxing historian Bert Sugar said. "He was the kindest man I ever met." A friend of Patterson's for 35 years, Sugar recalled the champion lifting up an opponent he had knocked out. Patterson, who had Alzheimer's disease and prostate cancer, died in his New Paltz, N.Y., home yesterday at the age of 71. In his 20-year pro boxing career, he made up for shortcomings in weight and raw punching power with speed and courage, finishing with a 55-8-1 record and 40 knockouts.
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By MICHAEL HIRSLEY and MICHAEL HIRSLEY,CHICAGO TRIBUNE | May 12, 2006
CHICAGO -- Floyd Patterson was an undersized heavyweight champion in weight only. "He ennobled the sport," boxing historian Bert Sugar said. "He was the kindest man I ever met." A friend of Patterson's for 35 years, Sugar recalled the champion lifting up an opponent he had knocked out. Patterson, who had Alzheimer's disease and prostate cancer, died in his New Paltz, N.Y., home yesterday at the age of 71. In his 20-year pro boxing career, he made up for shortcomings in weight and raw punching power with speed and courage, finishing with a 55-8-1 record and 40 knockouts.
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By Alan Goldstein and Alan Goldstein,SUN STAFF | December 16, 1995
NEW YORK -- With his stepfather, two-time heavyweight king Floyd Patterson, watching from ringside, International Boxing Federation junior lightweight champion Tracy Harris Patterson wanted desperately to put on a dazzling boxing exhibition at Madison Square Garden last night.But despite a strong rally in the last three rounds when he repeatedly staggered challenger Arturo Gatti, Patterson lost his crown on a unanimous decision.The scoring seemed to surprise the near-capacity crowd that rallied in Patterson's support after Gatti, a native of Montreal, had dominated the early rounds with superior boxing.
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By Alan Goldstein and Alan Goldstein,SUN STAFF | December 16, 1995
NEW YORK -- With his stepfather, two-time heavyweight king Floyd Patterson, watching from ringside, International Boxing Federation junior lightweight champion Tracy Harris Patterson wanted desperately to put on a dazzling boxing exhibition at Madison Square Garden last night.But despite a strong rally in the last three rounds when he repeatedly staggered challenger Arturo Gatti, Patterson lost his crown on a unanimous decision.The scoring seemed to surprise the near-capacity crowd that rallied in Patterson's support after Gatti, a native of Montreal, had dominated the early rounds with superior boxing.
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By Dave Anderson and Dave Anderson,New York Times | July 15, 1991
The number of fights for a boxer is like the number of miles on a tire. The more fights, the more wear and tear, if not punctures and flats.Now that Mike Tyson has accepted a guaranteed $15 million for trying to dethrone Evander Holyfield, assured of $30 million, as the world heavyweight champion on Nov. 8 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nev., it's time to check the challenger's mileage.Once the youngest heavyweight champion in history, Tyson turned 25 on June 30, two days after his 12-round battering of Razor Ruddock in their rematch.
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May 3, 1991
A five-month investigation into illicit sales of prescription tranquilizers led to the arrest yesterday of an employee at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center on Loch Raven Boulevard and her boyfriend, authorities reported.Delories Ann Gittings, 33, a pharmacy technician, was arrested at the hospital while her boyfriend, Floyd Patterson Goodwin, 45, was seized attheir home in the 700 block of North Linwood Avenue in East Baltimore. They were charged with multiple drug offenses and conspiracy.
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By Alan Goldstein | January 31, 1995
Vincent Pettway of Baltimore and Simon Brown of Mount Airy have agreed to fight for Pettway's International Boxing Federation junior middleweight title, but the site and date have not been determined.Abe Pollin, president of USAir Arena, offered promoter Don King the use of his Landover building rent-free to stage the championship match April 1. But a King spokesman said the promoter favors holding the fight as part of a cable television show in Boston on St. Patrick's Day, March 17, featuring Irish heavyweight Peter McNeeley.
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By New York Daily News | January 8, 1992
NEW YORK -- Donovan "Razor" Ruddock, looking for an edge that will lead to the heavyweight championship, has hired Floyd Patterson as his trainer.Patterson, the two-time heavyweight champ, was an interested participant at a news conference yesterday introducing Ruddock and former WBA champ Greg Page, who will meet Feb. 15 at the Mirage in Las Vegas.Ruddock has gone through a number of trainers. Ruddock's promoter Murad Muhammad expressed his displeasure with Slim Robinson immediately after the Canadian clubber lost to Mike Tyson on June 2.Muhammad and Delroy Ruddock, Razor's brother and manager, called Patterson three weeks ago. "He's had so many trainers he may be confused," Patterson said.
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May 3, 1991
A five-month investigation into illicit sales of prescription tranquilizers led to the arrest yesterday of an employee at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center on Loch Raven Boulevard and her boyfriend, authorities reported.Delories Ann Gittings, 33, a pharmacy technician, was arrested at the hospital while her boyfriend, Floyd Patterson Goodwin, 45, was seized at their home in the 700 block of North Linwood Avenue in East Baltimore. They were charged with multiple drug offenses and conspiracy.
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By LEM SATTERFIELD and LEM SATTERFIELD,SUN REPORTER | March 17, 2006
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- Boxing's fractured heavyweight division has four champions. They are the World Boxing Council's Hasim Rahman, the International Boxing Federation's Chris Byrd, the World Boxing Association's Nikolay Valuev and the World Boxing Organization's Lamon Brewster. Of these, Rahman's belt is considered the most accepted - although not necessarily because he is considered to be the best of the lot. The WBC belt held by Rahman has a lineage that can be traced back through such champions as Lennox Lewis, Larry Holmes, Joe Frazier, Muhammad Ali, Rocky Marciano, Joe Louis -- all the way back to John L. Sullivan in the late 19th century.
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By Dave Anderson and Dave Anderson,New York Times | July 15, 1991
The number of fights for a boxer is like the number of miles on a tire. The more fights, the more wear and tear, if not punctures and flats.Now that Mike Tyson has accepted a guaranteed $15 million for trying to dethrone Evander Holyfield, assured of $30 million, as the world heavyweight champion on Nov. 8 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nev., it's time to check the challenger's mileage.Once the youngest heavyweight champion in history, Tyson turned 25 on June 30, two days after his 12-round battering of Razor Ruddock in their rematch.
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By Alan Goldstein and Alan Goldstein,SUN STAFF | August 24, 1996
Negotiations for a heavyweight rematch between Riddick Bowe and Andrew Golota are in full swing, even while attorneys continue trying to settle the issues of fines and license suspensions resulting from the post-fight riot that marred their bout at Madison Square Garden on July 11.As a result of the riot, five persons identified as friends or relatives of Bowe were arrested and face hearings.Bowe's promoter-manager, Rock Newman, was accused by the New York Athletic Commission of helping to fuel the melee that resulted in numerous injuries in and out of the ring.
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By CHILDA WALKER and CHILDA WALKER,SUN REPORTER | March 23, 2007
The Maryland women's basketball team entered this season with high hopes, a defending national champion that returned every starter and added a star transfer from Tennessee. But the Terps went 0-4 against rivals North Carolina and Duke and exited the NCAA tournament with an ignominious second-round defeat in which they couldn't hold on to the ball against Mississippi's press. This put us in mind of some other teams and athletes who seemed primed to defend their titles but never came close: Sonny Liston Coming off his second demolition of former champ Floyd Patterson, Liston was regarded as the scariest heavyweight in boxing history.
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