Floyd Patterson Fight Worn Robe
Floyd Patterson is best remembered as the youngest man to win the world heavyweight title (at the time) and the first man to lose and regain the title. He fought many of the greats during his professional career including Archie Moore, Sonny Liston, and Muhammad Ali. What are often overlooked are Patterson's accomplishments as an amateur fighter during his early life. Born into a poor family in Waco, North Carolina, Patterson was the youngest of eleven children and experienced an insular and troubled childhood. His family moved to Brooklyn, New York, where Floyd was a truant and petty thief. At age ten, he was sent to the Wiltwyck School for Boys, a reform school in upstate New York, which he credited with turning his life around. He stayed there for almost two years. He attended high school in New Paltz, New York where he succeeded in all sports (today, the New Paltz football field is named in his honor). At age fourteen, he started to box, trained by Cus D'Amato at his Gramercy Gym. Aged just 17, Patterson won the Gold medal in the 1952 Helsinki Olympics as a middleweight. 1952 turned out to be a good year for the young Patterson; in addition to Olympic gold Patterson won the National Amateur Middleweight Championship and New York Golden Gloves Middleweight Championship. Offered here is an incredible artifact from the early career of Floyd Patterson, his Golden Gloves robe. The robe is a beautiful blue satin with gold trim. It includes the gold sash. On the back in gold lettering are the words, "FLOYD PATTERSON." Inside the collar is a white manufacturer's tag for DAVEGA GOLDEN GLOVES. This calf length robe is in fine condition with vibrant color. Patterson wore Davega equipment in the Golden Gloves including the Intercity competition. From the collection of Floyd Patterson. LOA from Craig Hamilton of JO Sports, Inc. who researched this robe for this auction.