"2) He would slip and feint and throw a left hook to the body or jaw.
"3) He used sneak right-hand leads landing clean to the head.
"4) In the late rounds, when Pastrano was tired and lunging, he would hit him with right uppercuts.
"5) He hit Pastrano with jabs all night."
Suspicion that the Pastrano verdict might have been a home town decision vanished in a check of a dozen competent witnesses, all but one of whom agreed that Harris won.
Though Harris rates behind Zora Folley (now No. 1) and Eddie Machen in the National Boxing Association ratings, only Folley and Machen are complaining that they were bypassed for this title fight. This was only justice, a deserved punishment for their San Francisco fiasco. Harris at least has never put on a bad fight and is undefeated in 22. Except for Pastrano, his opposition has not been of the highest available caliber, but it compares favorably with that which Patterson himself has fought. This could be Floyd's roughest opponent since he met Archie Moore.
There is some mystery about Harris' weight. Gore was disappointed at the start of training when he found his charge weighed a mere 186 pounds. He started him immediately on a diet of steaks smothered in steaks, which Roy attacked happily, and managed to add several pounds despite rigorous training. He thinks now that Harris may enter the ring weighing 192. If so, he will outweigh the champion, who probably won't go above 185.
Harris is not likely to win the title but he may well be the first opponent to extend Patterson since he became champion. But if, by chance or by some hidden genius of his fists, he should seize the championship, Roy Harris could be the man to restore the title to the prestige and acclaim it enjoyed in the days of Dempsey and Louis, which were the best days it ever had.