Patterson the man as he KOs Moore

Updated: October 14, 2005, 5:08 PM ET
By Larry Schwartz | Special to

Nov. 30, 1956

They sent out a boy to do a man's job - and he does it.

At 21, Floyd Patterson becomes the youngest man to win the heavyweight title when he knocks out light-heavyweight champ Archie Moore, who is twice his age, in the fifth round in Chicago Stadium.

"The turning point came in the third round," Patterson says after taking the title that was vacated when Rocky Marciano retired in April. "I landed a left to Moore's stomach, and I head him say, 'ugh,' or something like that. I knew then that I could hurt him, and I knew I could beat him."

In the fifth round, Patterson, the 1952 Olympic middleweight champ, sends Moore to the canvas with a powerful left hook. Moore is dazed when he rises at the count of nine, and Patterson puts him away with a hard right.

After supplanting Joe Louis as the youngest heavyweight champ, Patterson flies back to New York to be with his wife Sandra, who only hours before the bout had given birth to a daughter.