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Boxing's Masterpiece: Sugar Ray Robinson

Updated on August 18, 2017

The Best Pound for Pound Boxer: Sugar Ray Robinson

Sugar Ray Robinson AKA Walker Smith is regarded by most as the greatest boxer pound for pound in history.
Sugar Ray Robinson AKA Walker Smith is regarded by most as the greatest boxer pound for pound in history. | Source
Three of the best fighters ever: Muhammad Ali, Ray Robinson and Joe Louis.
Three of the best fighters ever: Muhammad Ali, Ray Robinson and Joe Louis. | Source
Sugar Ray on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Ray Robinson has won the welterweight crown and the 160 pound championship five times in his career.
Sugar Ray on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Ray Robinson has won the welterweight crown and the 160 pound championship five times in his career. | Source
Cardboard cut out of HBO Documentary about his life in and out of the Ring.
Cardboard cut out of HBO Documentary about his life in and out of the Ring. | Source
Sugar Ray Robinson took on  Jake La Motta six times winning five of the bouts.
Sugar Ray Robinson took on Jake La Motta six times winning five of the bouts. | Source

Simply The Best

Walker Smith AKA Sugar Ray Robinson was born in 1921 in Georgia. He is the former Welterweight and five time Middleweight Champion of the World. Robinson retired with a career record of 173-19-6 with 108 fights ending inside the distance. Wow, when you consider the boxing competition he fought, Robinson's resume is definitely impressive across the board. Simply the best when it comes to longevity and taking on the top fighters of his era.

He not only inspired the term "pound for pound" but, he is considered by most to be the best fighter pound for pound in history. He rates an "A" or higher in every category. When in his prime as a welterweight, his record was 128-1-2. Wow! Robinson had it all including, power, speed, reflexes, chin, heart, stamina, skills, footwork and flare. There could be an all day debate about who holds the place for the second best fighter of all time. It can be argued that Henry Armstrong, Muhammad Ali, Roberto Duran and Joe Louis are worthy champions. When it comes to the best boxer in professional boxing history than that is an obvious and easy choice: The Sugar Man.

As far as measuring a boxer's worth by who they beat then consider some of Robinson's victims and again Sugar Ray's competition was top notch. He conquered Jake La Motta (5 times), Rocky Graziano, Kid Gavilan, Bo Bo Olsen, Carmen Basilio, Gene Fullmer and Henry Armstrong. All Hall of Fame Boxers who Sugar Ray mastered. We should have known he was special when he went eighty five wins and no losses with sixty nine knockouts as an amateur. Robinson was an offensive machine with power, speed and accuracy not to mention he was only stopped once in nearly 200 career bouts.

I was 10 years old when he passed away in 1989 and even in Alabama the newspapers gave him his just due. He, not Muhammad Ali started the feet dancing and talking in the ring. It was Robinson who invented charisma in boxing with his pink convertible Cadillac and his flashy clothing and jewelry. He even had a restaurant and lounge called what else but, Sugar Ray's? He danced circles around his foes tossing out deadly accurate jabs and if his opponent got him on the ropes he was even more ruthless. For all you young bucks watching boxing Sugar Ray Robinson was like a Roy Jones, Jr. with an iron chin and even more power.

Outside the ring he had style, charisma and he could dance. Inside the ring he had style, charisma and he really had a talent for dance. Plus, he could punch from all angles with speed, power and precision not to mention his reflexes allowed him to embarrass opponents with booming counters. Robinson was known for attracting a crowd in the streets by driving by in a convertible pink Cadillac.

Sugar Ray Robinson

Sugar Ray's Five Top Victories

Sugar Ray has 173 victories in his fabulous career. The following are my top five of his best wins. In reality Robinson has over 100 quality victories that could be chosen. He has numerous wins over champions and hall of famers.

1. Robinson wins 10 Jake La Motta 2: Robinson avenges only defeat to that point moving his record to 42-1. The bout like all of their fights was close throughout. Robinson dished out a beating in the final few rounds though. This bout was important because it was a revenge match as LaMotta won a close decision in their first match.

2. Robinson wins 15 Tommy Bell. Sugar Ray enters the ring with a record of 74 wins and one loss and although the fight was close for 5 rounds Sugar Ray dominated and out classed Bell to win the Welterweight Championship. Sugar Ray landed his jab and strait right almost at will in this contest. Even though Bell was game he never won more than a couple of rounds in this contest.

3. Robinson w15 Kid Gavilan: Robinson won a close 10 round decision over The Kid earlier in their career this time in defense of his 147 pound crown he left no doubts. Robinson won a clear decision and ran his amazing record to 96-1-2. Sugar Ray used his jab overtime and his footwork to keep Gavilan at bay.

4. Robinson TKO 10 Randy Turpin: Robinson gets revenge and his Middleweight Crown back by giving the British Turpin a one sided pounding to run his record at that time to 129-2-2. He landed every punch in the book including jabs, uppercuts, crosses, hooks and even hybrid punches. Robinson really put a pounding and a boxing lesson on Turpin for all ten stanzas.

5. Robinson KO 5 Gene Fullmer: Robinson gets revenge and his 160 pound belt back by unleashing one of the best left hooks ever thrown to leave his record in 1957 at 140-5-2. Robinson was actually losing this bout before he uncorked the bomb that left Fullmer down and out.

Sugar Ray Defeats Kid Gavilan

Sugar Ray Robinson beat Kid Gavilan over 15 rounds to retain his welterweight championship.  Robinson fought Gavilan twice winning both matches.
Sugar Ray Robinson beat Kid Gavilan over 15 rounds to retain his welterweight championship. Robinson fought Gavilan twice winning both matches. | Source

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