Re: Ernie Terrell vs Floyd Patterson (mid-sixties)
Very interesting question. The match could have been made, but I can't recall any attempts ever being made to make it happen. Terrell won the vacant WBA by outpointing Eddie Machen and defended against George Chuvalo, both of whom were outpointed by Patterson in 1964 and '65, respectively. By 1967 Terrell met Ali in the unification title bout, and Patterson was again in line for a title shot but for Ali's draft troubles. I think the bout never happened because (1) at the time it could have been made, it was a high-risk, low reward fight for both. A loss for either would be a serious setback. (2) A Terrell-Patterson fight could well have been a real stinker, and not been a money-maker. Looking back, it is a good fight to speculate over who may have won, but probably would not have been an interesting bout to watch.