• Short Summary

    IN PHILADELPHIA ON MONDAY EVENING (29 MARCH) 36 YEAR OLD FORMER WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION FLOYD PATTERSON HAD AN EASY WIN OVER FELLOW AMERICAN RODGER RUSSELL.

  • Description

    IN PHILADELPHIA ON MONDAY EVENING (29 MARCH) 36 YEAR OLD FORMER WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION FLOYD PATTERSON HAD AN EASY WIN OVER FELLOW AMERICAN RODGER RUSSELL.

    PATTERSON MADE REPEATED ONSLAUGHTS DURING THE BOUT AND REFEREE ZACK CLAYTON STOPPED THE FIGHT IN THE NINTH ROUND WHEN IT BECAME OBVIOUS THAT RUSSELL WAS MAKING NO ATTEMPT TO RETALIATE.

    FOR FLOYD PATTERSON, THE ONLY HEAVYWEIGHT EVER TO WIN, LOSE AND REGAIN THE HEAVYWEIGHT CROWN, IT WAS HIS THIRD VICTORY SINCE HIS RETURN TO ACTION LAST YEAR.

    SYNOPSIS: FORMER HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION FLOYD PATTERSON, SEEN HERE WITH THE BLACK STRIPE ON HIS TRUNKS, BEAT RODGER RUSSELL IN PHILADELPHIA ON MONDAY. 36 YEAR OLD PATTERSON SHOWED HIS OLD SPEE??? DURING THE BOUT, HITTING THE YOUNGER RUSSELL ALMOST AT WILL.

    IN ROUND TOO, HOWEVER, PATTERSON FELL AS HE LUNGED TOWARDS RUSSELL WITH A LEFT HOOK. REFEREE ZACK CLAYTON DID NOT GIVE A COUNT AND THE FIGHT CONTINUED.

    PATTERSON NEVER REALLY LOOKED IN TROUBLE AND THE FIVE THOUSAND FANS NEVER DOUBTED HIS SKILL AND DETERMINATION.

    BOTH FIGHTERS FELL ON TO THE RING APRON AS A RESULT OF THEIR ANXIOUSNESS.

    FIVE THOUSAND FANS PAID 28 THOUSAND DOLLARS TO SEE THE BOUT, WHICH WAS TO BE PATTERSON'S THIRD VICTORY SINCE HIS COMEBACK LAST YEAR.

    HE DID NOT EXPECT MUCH OPPOSITION FROM RUSSELL -- WHO HAD LOST HIS LAST SIX FIGHT.

    THE END CAME IN THE NINTH ROUND WHEN REFEREE CLAYTON REALISED SOMETHING THAT WAS OBVIOUS TO EVERYONE ELSE. RUSSELL HAD NO DEFENCE AND HE WASN'T FIGHTING BACK. SO CLAYTON STOPPED THE FIGHT, APART FROM A GASH OVER HIS EYE, WHICH CAME FROM A BUTT EARLIER IN THE FIGHT, PATTERSON WAS UNMARKED AND LATER TALKED TO NEWSMEN.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA82BB6IF5TBDH8I8K9FHDE56GV
    Media URN:
    VLVA82BB6IF5TBDH8I8K9FHDE56GV
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    31/03/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:13:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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