A day like today, American Pete Rademacher made history
Uniquely, American Pete Rademacher became the only heavyweight boxer to challenge for the division’s world championship in his first professional fight. Rademacher won a gold medal at the Olympic Games in Melbourne, Australia, in 1956, and a year later he fought for the world title against champion Floyd Patterson, who knocked him out in the sixth round. The person in charge of counting the ten seconds to the applicant was the former light heavyweight world champion, the great Tommy Loughran. The fight took place at Sicks Stadium in Seattle, Washington.