Patterson- Boxing World Champion

On July 29, 1957, defending champion, “The Gentleman of Boxing,” Floyd Patterson stepped into the boxing ring for the World Championship match with his manager Lippe Breidbart. The challenger Tommy “The Hurricane” Jackson was accompanied by his manager Cus D’Amato.

Jackson was ready to take the title from Patterson after being defeated in the same match up the previous year. It was Patterson’s first chance to defend a world championship title even though he only won by a vote made by the judges. D’Amato thought there might be a repeat of the same vote if both prizefighters lasted long enough.

This was also the first year in eight that the event was not promoted by the International Boxing Club. Instead the event was sponsored by a dress maker, Emil Lence, who had a “love of the fight game’s excitements.”

Patterson was favored with 5-to-1 odds that made bookmakers hesitant to let people make bets. In the end Patterson had 22 knockouts and Jackson had 13.

The technical knockout took place at the 1:52 mark in round 10 of a possible 15. The judges were Joe Agnello and Bill Recht. The referee for the math was Ruby Goldstein. The fight was exciting for viewers and a proper match up for the championship. Patterson went home with the prize money and the glory while Jackson went home with a bloody nose.

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