Floyd Patterson was the first heavyweight to win the Championship of the World twice in a career that lasted just over 20 years.
Patterson, who has died aged 71, is best known for his series of fights with heavyweight champions Ingemar Johansson, Sonny Liston and Muhammad Ali, but he fought 64 times and met some of the best heavyweights of the time.
When Patterson turned professional he was trained and managed by maverick New Yorker Cus D Amato and the pair developed a style that was dubbed "peek-a-boo". In the 1950s the degree of corruption in boxing was such that D Amato refused to allow the mobsters running the sport to have options on his fighter, so Patterson had to wait four years before beating light heavyweight Archie Moore to win the title.
Once Patterson and D Amato had control of the World Championship they picked a careful path, avoiding challenges they considered to be controlled by the men that had formerly run the sport. The main fighter they avoided during a six-year period was Liston.
Patterson defended his title against Tommy Jackson and for his second defence met Pete Rademacher, who was making his professional debut having won the Olympic title a year earlier. Patterson himself was Olympic champion at middleweight in 1952.
After two more defences, Patterson met the Swedish playboy Johansson in Yankee Stadium in his native New York in 1959. But …