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Sugar Ray Robinson: His Ten Biggest Ring Victories

Updated on November 20, 2016

The Pound For Pound Best

Ray Robinson is the former Welterweight and five time Middleweight Champion of the World. He is considered to be by most boxing historians, as the best prizefighter in history. In fact, the term pound for pound was invented as far as boxing goes, for Sugar Ray Robinson. Robinson has accomplished so much in his career and he retired with a record of 173-19-6 with 108 knockouts. Below, are some of his biggest and most important wins, in a career that has had many. Sugar Ray Robinson has to be one of my favorite boxers to watch.

The reason Henry Armstrong, who Sugar Ray beat by ten round decision, is not on this list is because, Armstrong was used up and far past his best so, it wasn't a major accomplishment to win that bout.

Robinson Took On All Comers

Ray Robinson fought all comers including Carmen Basilio.
Ray Robinson fought all comers including Carmen Basilio. | Source
Sugar Ray Robinson avenged a defeat and regained the 160 pound crown by knocking out Randy Turpin in ten rounds.
Sugar Ray Robinson avenged a defeat and regained the 160 pound crown by knocking out Randy Turpin in ten rounds. | Source
Sugar Ray Robinson is seen here landing a pulverizing left hook to the body of Tommy Bell in their welterweight title bout.
Sugar Ray Robinson is seen here landing a pulverizing left hook to the body of Tommy Bell in their welterweight title bout. | Source
Sugar Ray beat the undefeated Marty Servo on the way up in the welterweight division.
Sugar Ray beat the undefeated Marty Servo on the way up in the welterweight division. | Source

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Sugar Ray Destroys Rocky Graziano

Sugar Ray Robinson knocked out Rocky Graziano in three rounds in defense of his middleweight championship.
Sugar Ray Robinson knocked out Rocky Graziano in three rounds in defense of his middleweight championship. | Source

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Sugar Ray Stops Gene Fullmer in 5 Rounds!

Sugar Ray Robinson regained the middleweight title by landing a perfect left hook to the chin of Gene Fulmer in the 5th round.
Sugar Ray Robinson regained the middleweight title by landing a perfect left hook to the chin of Gene Fulmer in the 5th round. | Source

Sugar Ray's Top Wins

1. Sugar Ray Robinson K.O. 13 Jake LaMotta (1951) This was the sixth and final meeting between these two rivals. LaMotta gave Robinson his first loss and fought well in close losses in the other bouts. This match was close after seven rounds with LaMotta holding a slim lead. Sugar Ray upped his output for the rest of the contest and constantly tagged LaMotta at will. Robinson landed uppercuts, left hooks and winding bolo punches that left LaMotta looking drunk from rounds 8-12. Sugar Ray did a splendid job of setting everything up off the jab including hooking off the jab which worked to perfection against LaMotta. In the 13th LaMotta looked spent and as he leaned on the ropes Robbie teed off landing over 20 hard shots that forced the referee to intervene. The Bronx Bull entered the ring with a record of 78-14-3.

2. Sugar Ray Robinson W15 Kid Gavilan (1949) This was their second bout Robinson won the first bout. Robinson lost the first two rounds as Gavilan worked over his body and even landed two thudding left hooks in the second heat. The third was a close two way action round that seen both men land solid head shots. Gavilan landed a huge left hook in the fourth which cut Sugar Ray over his right eye and he backed up pawing a this eye and eating jabs at the bell. True to form Robinson came out and dominated at least 8 out of the next 10 rounds by landing every shot in the book and using great footwork,feints and angles to dismantle The Cuban Hawk. Gavilan is a Hall of Famer and the fact that Robinson can,with a badly cut eye,completely embarrass such a great opponent for nearly ten straight rounds is amazing. In the final round Robinson staggered Gavilan with a big right uppercut to the jaw. Gavilan came into the bout with a record of 53-6-2.

3. Sugar Ray Robinson K.O. 5 Gene Fullmer (1957) This article is referring to the second of their four bouts. Three of the first four rounds clearly belonged to the relentless Fullmer. In the fourth Fullmer out landed Robinson nearly two to one and he hit Sugar Ray cleanly in the face several times to force a hold. Robinson was only landing one shot at a time while Gene Fullmer was using his jab to set up combinations. In the fifth Fullmer began to open up with rights and lefts to the head, arms and body of Robinson. Fullmer got caught with an ultra short left hook that he never saw and collapsed to the canvas where he was counted out. Robbie was starting to get beat but he timed Fullmer with perhaps the best left hook that he ever launched. Fullmer sported a record of 40-3 entering the matchup.

4. Sugar Ray Robinson T.K.O. 10 Randy Turpin (1951) This is the second meeting between these two. The Sugar Man outclassed Turpin in this revenge bout for most of the contest with quick footwork and flashy combinations. Turpin finally broke through in the 8th and 9th rounds landing several big right hands that caused Robinson to clinch. Turpin opened a bad gash over Sugar Ray's right eye to begin the tenth round. Robinson turned into a man possessed when he saw blood. Robbie rushed Turpin and landed a thundering right that put him down hard. Once the Englishman got to his feet Robinson started firing on all cylinders. With Turpin slumping on the ropes the bout was stopped. Turpin had a record of 41-2-1 entering the squared circle.

5. Sugar Ray Robinson K.O. 3 Rocky Graziano (1952) Rocky wasn't a skilled boxer but he had heart, will and a devastating right hand. The first round was a disaster for Graziano as he was raked over by jabs and left hooks that left him dazed at the bell. The second was more of the same except now Sugar started mixing in lead right hands that kept connecting. Rocky got wobbled to start the third but kept grinding forward until he landed a picture perfect right hand that floored the middleweight champ. Robinson arose without a count and immediately went on the attack stunning Rocky instantly. 50 seconds after Robinson got to his feet he landed a long, accurate right hand to put Rocky down for the count. Graziano carried a 67-8-6 record into this prizefight.

6. Sugar Ray Robinson W15 Carmen Basilio (1958) This is in reference to their second bout as the first one ended in a draw. This competitive match was named Fight of the Year in 1958. The bout was closely contested but Basilio had a swollen shut eye after 8 rounds courtesy of Robinson's potent jab and lead left hooks. Basilio had his moments especially with body work and overhand rights but Robinson let it all hang out in the final three rounds to earn a hard fought, close decision. Basilio mauled Robinson so Sugar Ray had to fight on the inside for much of the contest. Basilio possessed a 52-12-7 record into his brawl with The Sugar Man.

7. Sugar Ray Robinson W10 Jake LaMotta (1943) LaMotta handed Sugar Ray his first defeat two months earlier so this was an important bout for Robinson. LaMotta kept the pressure on Robinson for three rounds but then Robinson began to dominate. In the fourth and fifth rounds Robinson shook LaMotta with uppercuts at close range. In the seventh LaMotta had his last stand when he hurt and floored Sugar Ray for a nine count. Robinson used a beautiful jab and accurate left hooks and right uppercuts to sweep the last three rounds and earn a well deserved victory. Robinson looked to b finished in the seventh but he showed the heart and will to come back and win with his back against the wall. LaMotta had a record of 31-5-2 entering the contest.

8. Sugar Ray Robinson W15 Tommy Bell (1946) This is the second contest between these two boxers. This was for he world welterweight championship and Robinson was more than ready. Bell won the first two rounds including flooring Sugar Ray in the second briefly. Robinson came back strong sweeping most of the rounds until finally dropping Bell Hardin the eleventh with a crushing right hand. Bell fought back hard and landed lots of hooks during the bout but Robinson was just too much in every department. The 12th was a dominate round for Robinson and the bout could have been stopped as Sugar Ray landed large barrages of hooks to the face and the ribs. Robinson took off the 13th and Bell won the round. The 14th was close and Robbie came back to punctuate an excellent performance with a masterful round 15 to seal the deal. Bell came into this bout sporting a 39-10-2 record.

9. Sugar Ray Robinson W10 Rocky Castellani (1955) Robinson was on the comeback trail when he met the number one middleweight contender Castellani. Robinson pelted Rocky with shots from all angles and hooked off the jab well to win the first three rounds easily. The fourth and fifth rounds were Robinson's best as he landed uppercuts, bolo shots and some fierce hooks to the body. Castellani went for broke in the sixth and he hit pay dirt landing a left hook followed by a short right hook to put Robinson on the canvas. Sugar Ray got up at nine and was clearly dazed. Robinson survived the round and went back to the game plan of blitzing Rocky with every shot in the book to sweep the final four rounds on all cards. Castellani entered the match with a record of 61-8-4.

10. Sugar Ray Robinson W10 Marty Servo (1941) This is the first bout of their two bout series. Both were top welterweight contenders. Robinson had a tough go against the somewhat crude Castellani who continued to rush Robinson to the ropes. Although he had his moments especially to the body Robinson basically controlled the pace. Neither boxer was ever hurt but Servo was blistered throughout the fight with two and three punch combination from the young Robinson. Robinson kept a crisp jab and straight right hand in the face of Servo for much of the fight. Servo brought an impressive 42-0-2 record into this battle but found it hard to connect on more than one punch at a time against the fleet footed Robinson.

Sugar Ray vs. Jake LaMotta

Robinson fought Jake LaMotta six times and he won five of those Bouts.
Robinson fought Jake LaMotta six times and he won five of those Bouts. | Source

Robinson's Championship Wins

Tommy Bell
Jake LaMotta
Randy Turpin
Gene Fullmer
Carmen Basilio
BoBo Olsen
 
 
 
 
 
 
The list above is of the boxers that Ray Robinson beat to win his welterweight and middleweight titles.

Sugar Ray vs. The Cuban Hawk

Ray Robinson beat Kid Gavilan twice as a welterweight.
Ray Robinson beat Kid Gavilan twice as a welterweight. | Source

Almost Light Heavyweight Champ

Sugar Ray fought Joey Maxim for the light heavyweight championship in 1952. After 13 completed rounds out of 15 Robinson was ahead 10-3 on all cards and was basically humiliating the champion of the 175 pound weight class. The temp was 103 degrees in this outdoor bout and the ref had to be carried out of the ring after the tenth round and replaced. Robinson nearly collapsed in his corner on the stool from heat exhaustion and could not continue.

Sugar Ray vs. Jake LaMotta Highlights (6th Fight)

Sugar Ray vs. Rocky Graziano

Sugar Ray Robinson's Career Highlights

Birthplace of Ray Robinson (Ailey, Georgia)

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      A truly great fighter and one admired by all. Thank you for posting this Hub.

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