Sugar Ray Robinson
OriginHarlem, New York, United States
In a career that spanned three decades, Sugar Ray Robinson embodied the essence of the sweet science. He was a world welterweight champion and held the middleweight title five times. Robinson combined an athlete's grace and excellent power and was nearly unbeatable in his prime. He is considered by many to be the best fighter in history, pound-for-pound. He earned the nickname "Sugar" Ray when a newspaper reporter described him as "sweet as sugar."
He was lightning quick - on his feet and with his hands; He hit hard, he had "savvy", he could move and he could take it; In a "nutshell" - he had everything !!!
Ray fought 85 amateur bouts and 40 professional bouts before he lost for the first time; He did not lose again until his 132nd professional fight; In all, he reportedly had over 200 pro bouts and lost just 19 - many towards the end of his career - when he was only "very good"
Among the fellow Hall of Famers Robinson beat are Henry Armstrong, Kid Gavilan, Carmen Basilio, Jake LaMotta, Rocky Graziano, Gene Fullmer and Fritzie Zivic. Robinson was so efficient for so long that he won his first Fighter of the Year award in 1942 and his second in 1951.
Robinson, whose real name was Walker Smith, turned pro in 1940 and won his first 40 fights before losing to LaMotta. After that defeat, Robinson wouldn't lose for another eight years. In 1942, he decisioned former champion Zivic and future champion Marty Servo. Then in 1946, in his 76th fight, he decisioned Tommy Bell for the vacant welterweight title.
During his reign as a welterweight, Robinson defended his crown with wins over Jimmy Doyle, Chuck Taylor, Bernard Docusen, Gavilan, and Charlie Fusari. In 1951, he challenged LaMotta for the middleweight title in a fight that is remebered as the St. Valentine Day Massacre. Robinson overwhelmed LaMotta with a speed and power and finally stopped him in the 13th round. It was the sixth and final time the Hall of Famers met. Robinson won five of those contests.
In 1951, he was upset by British champion Randy Turpin. In the rematch two months later, Robinson knocked Turpin out in the 10th round. He followed with successful defenses against Graziano and Carl "Bobo" Olson before challenging light heavyweight king Joey Maxim.
He would win and lose the middleweight title three more times in a series of bouts with Olson, Fullmer and Basillio. He finally retired for good in 1965 at the age of 44. Of Robinson's 19 career defeats, 16 occurred after 1955. Five of them came in his final 15 fights. He fought 18 world champions during his career.
Masterful boxing skills
Awesome combination puncher
He was born Walker Smith, Jr.
Sugar Ray went 91 fights without a loss.
His record was 128-1-2, 84 KOs at the pinnacle of his career.
Amazingly, in over 200 fights, Sugar Ray was never physically knocked out
Fought 18 world champions
A day after dreaming it would happen, Robinson killed Jimmy Doyle in the ring in 1947.
Robinson was named the Greatest Fighter of the 20th Century by the Associated Press and the Greatest Boxer in History by ESPN in 2007.
The Ring magazine rated him the best Pound for Pound Boxer of all-time in 1997, and its "Fighter of the Decade" for the 1950s.
Major World Titles
1951-52; 1955-57, 1958-60
85-0; 69 KOs
(40 KOs in Round 1)