Was “Sugar” Ray Robinson Finest at Welterweight or Middleweight? ⋆ Boxing Information 24

By Ken Hissner: There isn’t a different identify talked about extra relating to “who was the best boxer pound for pound than “Sugar” Ray Robinson, who at beginning was named Walker Smith, Jr. in Vidalia, GA, In Could of 1921. He was each the world welterweight and world middleweight champion.

Robinson’s profession was from October 1940 till November of 1965 when he misplaced to Joey Archer, 44-1, on the Civic Middle, in Pittsburgh, PA. His closing document was 175-19-6, with 109 stoppages and one stoppage loss.

Robinson was 40-0 earlier than his first loss to Jake “Bronx Bull” LaMotta, 30-5-2, on February 5, 1943, on the Olympia Stadium, in Detroit, MI, of their second assembly. Of their earlier struggle, which was their first assembly Robinson defeated LaMotta, 25-4-2, in October of 1942 at Madison Sq. Backyard, NY.

Three weeks later, on February twenty sixth, of their third struggle, Robinson defeated LaMotta, 31-5-2, again in Detroit. The following day he could be inducted into the Military touring camps with Joe Louis doing exhibitions. In June of the next 12 months, he could be discharged in June of 1944. Throughout that time period, he had three fights, together with defeating former champion Henry “Murder Hank” Armstrong, 132-17-8, in August of 1943 at Madison Sq. Backyard, NY. Many think about Armstrong probably the second greatest pound-for-pound fighter of all time, although previous his prime of their assembly. It could be fourteen months earlier than he would struggle once more.

In February of 1945, Robinson and LaMotta, 45-8-2, had their fourth assembly with Robinson, freely giving a ten-pound benefit profitable by resolution at Madison Sq. Backyard, NY.

In Robinson’s subsequent struggle, he fought a draw with Jose “Joe M.” Basora, 54-9-4, on the Conference Corridor, in Philadelphia, PA, in Could of 1945. In September of 1945, of their fifth assembly, Robinson received a break up resolution on the Comiskey Park in Chicago, IL. Afterward, Robinson remarked, “That is the hardest struggle I ever had with LaMotta.”

In December of 1946, in his seventy-sixth struggle Robinson, 73-1-1, received the vacant world welterweight title defeating Tommy Bell, 39-10-3, in a rematch after Robinson had defeated him in January of 1945. In his earlier struggle, he needed to come off the canvas to knock out Artie Levine, 46-9-5, in 10 rounds. Robinson would defend his title 5 occasions with quite a few non-title wins earlier than relinquishing it to enter the middleweight division.

Robinson’s final welterweight title protection was defeating Charlie Fusari, 63-7-1, in August of 1950 at Roosevelt Stadium in Jersey Metropolis, NJ. In his subsequent struggle, he received the PA State Middleweight title in a rematch with the individual he had drawn with Jose Basora knocking him out within the first spherical.

In October of 1950, Robinson, in a title protection of his PA title he knocked out future world champion Carl “Bobo” Olson, 41-3, within the twelfth spherical. In November, he had his first struggle overseas in France, stopping their champion Jean Inventory, 37-11-3, in two rounds. This was the primary of 5 European bouts. He would go on to cease Luc van Dam, 89-12-3, resolution Jean Walzack, 43-17-2, and cease Robert Villemain, 44-4-1, and Hens Stretz, 30-2-5, all of this in lower than a month.

Upon his return to the U.S, Robinson fought for and received the World Middleweight title in opposition to his previous foe LaMotta, 78-14-3, stopping him within the thirteenth spherical on the Chicago Stadium. He would go on to win eight non-title bouts earlier than making his first title protection in London in July of 1951, shedding to Randy “The Leamington Licker” Turpin, 40-2-1, by resolution. He was 129-1-2 on the time.

Two months later, in a rematch on the Polo Grounds, NY, Robinson received his title again, stopping Turpin within the tenth spherical. Then in a rematch, he defeated Olson in March of 1952, and a month later, in one other title protection, he knocked out Rocky “The Rock” Graziano 67-8-6, in three rounds on the Chicago Stadium.

In June, Robinson tried to win his third world title in opposition to Gentle heavyweight champion Joey Maxim, 78-18-4, shedding after 13 rounds of warmth exhaust. Robinson was forward on all scorecards by 10-3, 9-3-1, and 7-3-3. He was outweighed by over fifteen kilos. It could be the one time in his profession he was stopped. He went 5-1 in non-title fights, solely shedding to Ralph “Tiger” Jones, 32-12-3, in January of 1955 at Chicago Stadium. Jones, in his subsequent struggle, misplaced to Olson.

In December of 1955, Robinson defended his title dealing with Olson once more, knocking him out in two rounds in Chicago. In January of 1957, he misplaced his title to Gene “Cyclone” Fullmer, 37-3, in Madison Sq. Backyard. 4 months later, he re-won his title, knocking out Fullmer in 5 rounds in Chicago.

In Robinson’s subsequent struggle, he misplaced his title to Carmen “The Upstate Onion Farmer” Basilio, 51-12-7, in Yankee Stadium, NY, in September of 1957. In March of 1958, he re-won his title, defeating Basilio by break up resolution in Chicago. It could be virtually two years, and one non-title win later, he misplaced his title to Paul Pender, 35-5-2, by break up resolution in Boston. In June, he misplaced the rematch in Boston.

After the second Pender loss, Robinson fought a draw with Fullmer for his NBA Middleweight title. This was not the world title. From the second loss to Pender, Robinson’s profession had its ups and downs, beginning with a loss within the rematch to Fullmer. He was 144-8-3 on the time of the loss. He went 30-11-3 after that.

Like too many nice fighters, Robinson stayed round a lot too lengthy, which tarnished his closing document, as said beforehand at 174-19-6. The purpose is he was a greater welterweight than a middleweight!

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