Published: May 13, 2006
Source: Fox News
GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, HOST: Former heavyweight champion Floyd Patterson died today. He was 71 years old. Earlier tonight, I spoke with another boxing champ, Mike Tyson.
Mike, it’s a sad time for boxing, isn’t it, with Floyd Patterson’s passing.
MIKE TYSON, FORMER HEAVYWEIGHT BOXING CHAMPION: Oh, man. That was just that was a horrific moment in time. 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.