Ali pummels Patterson to regain title

Updated: October 14, 2005, 5:11 PM ET
By Larry Schwartz | Special to

Nov. 22, 1965

Though he changed his name after defeating Sonny Liston for the heavyweight crown last year, The New York Times, like most of the media, continues to call the champion Cassius Clay instead of Muhammad Ali.

About the champ's second title defense, The Times' Robert Lipsyte writes: "Like a little boy pulling off the wings of a butterfly piecemeal, Cassius Clay mocked and humiliated and punished Floyd Patterson for almost 12 rounds tonight until the referee halted their heavyweight championship bout because the challenger was 'outclassed.'"

The 23-year-old champ came into the fight angry with Patterson, who said he was going to snatch the heavyweight title from the unworthy head of this loud-mouthed Black Muslim.

During his domination of the fight at the Las Vegas Convention Center, the champion screamed, "No contest, get me a contender." In the 12th round, with Patterson practically out on his feet, the white customers yelled, "Put him away, Clay," while the Black Muslims screamed, "Knock him out, Ali."