Boxing History, Heavyweights

Rocky Marciano Watches Floyd Patterson War With Hurricane Jackson – Co-Host Eddie Bracken June 8, 1956


Rocky Marciano Watches Floyd Patterson War With Hurricane Jackson – Co-Host Eddie Bracken June 8, 1956



  • Floyd Patterson 178 lbs beat
  • Tommy Jackson 193½ lbs
  • SD in round 12 of 12
  • Location: Madison Square Garden, New York, New York, USA
  • Referee: Harry Kessler 5-6
  • Judge: Harold Barnes 8-4
  • Judge: Bert Grant 7-5




The winner of this bout to face Archie Moore for the World Heavyweight Title left vacant by the retirement of Rocky Marciano in April 1956.

After the fight it was revealed that Patterson had broken the 4th metacarpal of his right hand.

“21 year old Floyd Patterson of Brooklyn won decisively before 11,255 at MSG for his 17th straight victory. But his triumph was tarnished slightly by a strange split decision. Surprising most of the fans and writers at ringside, Referee Harry Kessler favored Tommy ‘Hurricane’ Jackson of Far Rockaway, NY. Patterson had Tommy in trouble from rapid-fire left hooks and leaping right leads in 8 of the 12 sessions. Although the Hurricane stalked after the smaller Patterson in every round, he was staggered in the 2nd,3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 8th, 11th and 12th. Tommy almost hit the deck in the 4th and 12th. But he continued to fight back persistently. His best rounds were the 7th and 9th.” -United Press

Unofficial UP scorecard – 9-2-1 Patterson

Unofficial AP scorecard – 8-4 Patterson

From the gross gate of $66,038 and the $75,000 TV-Radio fee, both Patterson and Jackson received $40,000 apiece. The largest of their careers to date.

Post fight comments:

“I hope it will stay in place. We will take X-rays Monday. A broken bone usually takes six to eight weeks to heal. Whether it would be a punching hand at that stage I don’t know. In my opinion, it might not be a punching hand for three months.” -Dr. Alexander Schiff, after setting Patterson’s right fourth finger in a splint.

“I’ll try to match Patterson and Archie Moore for a 15 round fight in September and I’ll try to have it recognised by all boxing organizations as a fight for the title left vacant by Rocky Marciano’s retirement.” -Promoter Jim Norris

“That Jackson is a tough man. Now I know I can go 15 rounds if I have to because I wasn’t tired after 12, even though I landed more punches than I ever threw in my life.” -Floyd Patterson

“This boy’s not as tough as Bob Baker or Dan Bucceroni. If he fights Moore in September, Archie’ll kill him.” -Tommy ‘Hurricane’ Jackson

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