Heavyweight champ Floyd Patterson dead at 71 Floyd Patterson, who came back from an embarrassing loss to become the first boxer to regain the heavyweight title, died in New Paltz, N.Y., on Thursday, May 11, 2006. He was 71. Patterson emerged from a troubled childhood in Brooklyn to win the Olympic middleweight championship in 1952. In 1956, the undersized heavyweight became at age 21 the youngest man to win the title with a fifth-round knockout of Archie Moore. But three years later, he was knocked down seven times in the third round in losing the title to Ingemar Johansson at the Polo Grounds in New York City. Patterson returned with a vengeance at the same site in 1960, knocking out Johansson with a tremendous left hook to retake the title. ``They said I was the fighter who got knocked down the most, but I also got up the most,'' Patterson said later. He's shown here after knocking out Johansson.