Sugar Ray Robinson

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Sugar Ray Robinson

Sugar Ray Robinson (born Walker Smith Jr., May 3, 1921 – April 12, 1989) was an American boxer. He won the welterweight and middleweight world championships. Many boxing historians rank Robinson as the best boxer who ever lived.

He had no losses as an amateur boxer. He became a professional boxer in 1940 and won the welterweight title from Johnny Bratton in 1946. He then beat Jake LaMotta (who had, up to that time, been the only man to beat him) for the middleweight championship in 1951. He lost and regained the title from Randy Turpin before trying, and failing, to beat Joey Maxim for the light heavyweight championship in 1952. He retired later that year. He made a comeback, however, and won the middleweight title again in 1955. He lost it to Gene Fullmer in 1957, but defeated him in a rematch. Later that year Carmen Basilio also beat Robinson for the title, but Robinson defeated him in 1958 to get the championship back.

Robinson continued to fight until the 1960s. He died of diabetes and Alzheimer's disease in Culver City, California in 1989.

Early life[change | change source]

Robinson was born in Ailey, Georgia. He moved to Harlem, New York City when he was 12.

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Preceded by
Marty Servo
Vacated
World Welterweight Champion
20 Dec 1946 – 14 Feb 1951
Vacated
Succeeded by
Johnny Bratton
Preceded by
Jake LaMotta
World Middleweight Champion
14 Feb 1951 – 10 Jul 1951
Succeeded by
Randy Turpin
Preceded by
Randy Turpin
World Middleweight Champion
12 Sep 1951 – Dec 1952
Retired
Succeeded by
Carl (Bobo) Olson
Preceded by
Carl (Bobo) Olson
World Middleweight Champion
9 Dec 1955 – 2 Jan 1957
Succeeded by
Gene Fullmer
Preceded by
Gene Fullmer
World Middleweight Champion
1 May 1957 – 23 Sep 1957
Succeeded by
Carmen Basilio
Preceded by
Carmen Basilio
World Middleweight Champion
25 Mar 1958 – 22 Jan 1960
Succeeded by
Paul Pender