Adventures in the Fight Racket #36

Original Caption:

Floyd just can't believe it.

-- The scale says 195 pounds, but Floyd Patterson can't believe it at weigh-in last night. Both the ex-champ and Jerry Quarry, far right, claim they're lighter after concluding drills for heavy weight elimination fight. Quarry weighed-in at 195 1/2 pounds. Looking on are Athletic Commission secretary Clayton Frye, left, and announcer Jimmy Lennon.


MichaelRyerson said...

Must be about 1967. Later, early '90's, a friend of mine sold a car to a guy in Palm Springs and part of the deal was he had to deliver the car down there. So I followed him down and we rode back together. On the way back, we stop for coffee someplace around Riverside and in the cafe is this familiar looking guy standing at the end of the counter kind of talking to himself, another guy sitting nearby at the counter is speaking to him occasionally. Come to find out the mumbling guy is Jerry Quarry. He had a head like a fire plug. I think he actually had a fight after this time. Unbelievable.

Kreisler said...

They had two fights in 1967. Floyd's looking a little apprehensive so maybe it's before the one he lost in 12.

Arthur Gilroy said...

Floyd Patterson was always "apprehensive". Muhammad Ali called him the Rabbit. Ali was never very far off in his nicknames. Cus D'Amato was a master psychologist. That's how he managed to get both Floyd Patterson and Mike Tyson way further on their careers than they might have traveled given their insecurities and the (widely disparate) ways in which they handled them.

Poor Jerry Quarry...too tough/not smart enough for his own good. A classic Irish fighter.

In the heavyweight division especially, taking three or four punches to land one is not a good long-term tactic. Scrambled brains. It's what's gor later life dinner.

Bet on it.


MichaelRyerson said...

yeah, Ali was one of the best early self-promoters. To Ali 'Rabbit' had a nice ring to it, vaguely descriptive, smug, full of self congratulation. But Patterson was hardly a rabbit.

Arthur Gilroy said...

Too...nervous to be a fighter, Patterson was. Too many unresolved inner clashes. I'm not criticizing him. I actually admire him. Admire his courage. You are not "courageous" if you're not afraid. He came up black in a very hard time and place, and he reallly wasn't a vicious man at heart. He HAD to fight in order to get over.

Without Cus?

A nasty life. A gifted and sensitive man stuck at the bottom of society by his early circumstances.

With Cus?


That's all I'm saying here.


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MichaelRyerson said...

Yeah, I'll give you this much, Floyd was an unlikely fighter. But he didn't back into his two crowns. Here's what Mike Tyson, who may suffer his own demons, is still an astute ring historian, had to say about Floyd Patterson, "...I've learned a lot about Floyd Patterson being under the tutelage of Cus D'Amato, who also trained Floyd Patterson. And he had nothing but admiration for Floyd Patterson.

VAN SUSTEREN: What was Floyd Patterson like?

TYSON: Well, I met Floyd on a few occasions, but he's always been very dignified and respectful gentleman. Throughout his whole career, he was known to be shy, but he was a very spectacular puncher, as well as fast, double-punchings with both hands. And was Cus's pride and joy. He was the youngest heavyweight champion at 21 years old, and then again four years later he became heavyweight champion again. You know, only heavyweight to regain the champion at that particular time, until Ali came. He was a remarkable fighter."

Hard to see how 'Rabbit' fits.

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Tommy O'C said...

Floyd is saying, let's get this over so I can go take a pee.