Floyd Patterson: The Shy Champion

ONE thing fight fans probably never really forgave Floyd Patterson for was that, when he held the heavyweight title, he didn’t defend against either Eddie Machen or Zora Folley.

Machen and Folley were the two outstanding contenders. Instead of meeting them, Patterson defended against the likes of Roy Harris, Tom McNeeley, Pete Rademacher and Britain’s Brian London.

Patterson, now an official with the New York State Athletic Commission explained why he never gave Machen or Folley a chance in an interview show in two parts on Canada’s Global TV network.

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