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Floyd Patterson: “I Am Not Afraid of Any Man”

Mar. 3, 1963 - Dethroned heavyweight champion Floyd Patterson said today his most bitter memories from the first-round knockout by Sonny Liston last September (pictured) in Chicago were the remarks by sportswriters that he went into the ring afraid. “I am not afraid of any man in the world,” Patterson told his first news conference since his arrival in Miami Saturday to open training camp in preparation for his rematch with Liston. He said his mental attitude had improved tremendously since he slipped out of Comiskey Park after the humiliating title loss to Liston last Sept. 25 wearing a false beard and beatnik cap so that no one would recognize him. He stopped short of predicting victory over Liston in the rematch, but he did assert he would give a much better account of himself.

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