Sport: The Youngest Ever

Even before the bout started, the young pretender to the heavyweight title assumed the prerogatives of a champion. Floyd Patterson, 21, made Archie Moore, the fading patriarch (39, going on 43) of the prize ring, cool his heels for a quarter-hour before weighing in. Outployed for perhaps the first time in his garrulous career, Moore sulked silently through the ceremony.

All week long, Moore had talked like a goateed tiger. He was fighting for pay, he reminded everyone in earshot, when this untutored upstart Patterson was still in short pants. Moore was "not without pity" for the kid, but they had sent...

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