American Floyd Patterson - the only man ever to hold the world heavyweight boxing title twice - is confident about his fight on Friday (11 February) with Argentina's tough Oscar Bonavena.
GV Patterson regaining World Heavyweight title from Ingemar Johansson (1960)
SCU Patterson speaking (SOUND ON FILM)
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 2: PATTERSON: "I'm a bit up in age and most people, as well as the press, feel that I can't do it. They feel I have no right fighting Oscar Bonavena or anyone else of any kind of stature because of my age. It's going to be very interesting, I hope to prove that they're wrong."
REPORTER: "Most of the people who say that are actually on you side, are your friends. Does that make it worse?"
PATTERSON: "No, no I appreciate that fact, I appreciate it. In fact most people who have told me this are my friends and they fell they're looking out for my welfare. But they just don't feel the same way I do."
REPORTER: "Do you ever look back, at films, say of those Johansson fights, and think about what you did then and what you can do now?"
PATTERSON: "Well, I have looked at it...I haven't looked at the Ingemar Johansson fight in a number of years. I used to look at it quite frequently."
REPORTER: "And you think that now you can do the things you did in that fight?"
PATTERSON: "Now I know I can do the things I did in that fight. There's no question in my mind".
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Background: American Floyd Patterson - the only man ever to hold the world heavyweight boxing title twice - is confident about his fight on Friday (11 February) with Argentina's tough Oscar Bonavena. Patterson is now 37, but dismissed friends and press worries about his age when interviewed on Monday (7 February) in New York - venue of the Bonavena bout. There was no question in his mind, he said, that he could reproduce the form which regained him his title against Sweden's Ingemar Johnasson in 1960. Patterson, currently ranked as world number six, was watching a film of that fight.
If he beats Bonavena, the South American champion, Patterson says he will seek a world championship bout with reigning champion Joe Frazier.