Floyd Patterson KOs Archie Moore This Day November 30, 1956
- Archie Moore 187¾ lbs
- Floyd Patterson 182¼ lbs
- KO at 2:27 in round 5 of 15
- Location: Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USA
- Referee: Frank Sikora
- Judge: John Bray 18-18
- Judge: Jim McManus 16-20
- Judge: Frank Sikora 17-20
- World Heavyweight Title (Vacant title)
Patterson, at age 21, became the youngest World Heavyweight Champion of all-time. Previously, the youngest champion had been Joe Louis, who was 23 when he won the title from Jim Braddock in 1937. Patterson’s mark was broken in 1986, when 20-year-old Mike Tyson defeated Trevor Berbick to win the WBC title. Tyson, like Patterson, was a protege of Cus D’Amato.
Moore, at age 39, would have been the oldest fighter to win the World Heavyweight Championship.
The World Heavyweight Championship became vacant with the retirement of Rocky Marciano, who held the title from 1952 to 1956.
Moore was a 9 to 5 betting favorite.
There was an announced crowd of 14,000.
The gross gate was $228,145 and the net was $187,585.
The TV-radio rights were $180,000.
Each fighter got 30 percent of $367,585.
“The turning point came in the third round. I landed a left in his stomach and I heard him say, ‘ugh’ — or something like that. I knew then I had hurt him and I knew I could beat him.” – Floyd Patterson
“No, I really think that he said so much that he was worried himself. It gave me a world of confidence.” – Floyd Patterson, when asked if Moore’s popping off before the fight bothered him.
“I’m all right. The referee shouldn’t have stopped it. I felt Floyd Patterson is a vastly improved fighter. He has potentialities of being a great fighter when he gets some experience. I felt confident I could beat him, but I also learned that youth can be too much. I came up the long hard road, but when I got there I found the door slammed shut.” – Archie Moore