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25 Reasons Sugar Ray Robinson is The Best Boxer of All Time

Updated on May 06, 2014

Sugar Ray Robinson At a Glimpse

Sugar Ray had an amateur record of 85-0 with 69 knockouts. As a professional prizefighter he retired with a mark of 173-19-6 with 108 knockouts. But most of his losses came after his prime ended. At the age of 30 years old a Robinson had a record of 128-1-2 with 84 of those wins coming by way of knockout. Robinson is fhe former welterweight champion and five time middleweight champion of the world.

Of the boxers listed below Robinson fought several of them more than once. All of these fighters were either champions or top contenders when they tangled with Sugar Ray Robinson.

The Perfect Fighter....

Sugar Ray Robinson fought Legend Jake La Motta six times winning five of the bouts.
Sugar Ray Robinson fought Legend Jake La Motta six times winning five of the bouts. | Source
Sugar Ray Robinson lands a long right on victim Carmen Basilio who he beat for the 160 pound world title.
Sugar Ray Robinson lands a long right on victim Carmen Basilio who he beat for the 160 pound world title. | Source
Sugar Ray Robinson won the rematch over Randy Turpin and regained his middleweight championship.
Sugar Ray Robinson won the rematch over Randy Turpin and regained his middleweight championship. | Source

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Pound For Pound The Best of All Time

Sugar Ray knocked out Rocky Graziano in three rounds in defense of the middleweight world championship.
Sugar Ray knocked out Rocky Graziano in three rounds in defense of the middleweight world championship. | Source
Sugar Ray Robinson regained the middleweight crown by knocking out the steel chinned Gene Fullmer in five rounds.
Sugar Ray Robinson regained the middleweight crown by knocking out the steel chinned Gene Fullmer in five rounds. | Source
Sugar Ray Robinson won a clear 15 round decision over Tommy a Bell to claim the Welterweight world title.
Sugar Ray Robinson won a clear 15 round decision over Tommy a Bell to claim the Welterweight world title. | Source

Boxing's Gold Standard

Sugar Ray Robinson, seen here hitting the heavy bag, had a nonstop work ethic which showed in his bouts.
Sugar Ray Robinson, seen here hitting the heavy bag, had a nonstop work ethic which showed in his bouts. | Source
Poster I acquired from the cable company upon request which was advertising an HBO documentary on Walker Smith A.K.A. Sugar Ray Robinson.
Poster I acquired from the cable company upon request which was advertising an HBO documentary on Walker Smith A.K.A. Sugar Ray Robinson. | Source
Sugar Ray Robinson destroys BoBo Olson in their third fight which took place in the middleweight (160 Pound) Division.
Sugar Ray Robinson destroys BoBo Olson in their third fight which took place in the middleweight (160 Pound) Division.
Sugar Ray Robinson, Sugar Ray Leonard and Muhammad Ali.
Sugar Ray Robinson, Sugar Ray Leonard and Muhammad Ali. | Source
Sugar Ray launches a punishing right hand at Sammy Angott in their second match in which Robinson won by decision.
Sugar Ray launches a punishing right hand at Sammy Angott in their second match in which Robinson won by decision. | Source

Twenty-Five of Sugar Ray's Most Significant Wins

1. Ray Robinson T.K.O. 13 Jake La Motta (Sixth Bout) In their final bout Robinson fought on even terms for 6 rounds with The Raging a bull before turning up the heat. In the end, Robinson unleashed over 20 unanswered blows to leave La Motta helpless on the ropes with his hands down the loser by T.K.O. Although LaMotta had his moments Robinson went to another level over the final few rounds which helped him set up his brilliant finish.

2. Ray Robinson K.O. 5 Gene Fullmer (Second Bout) Robinson lost his middleweight crown by close decision to Fullmer in his previous bout. In this bout Robinson was having a tough go at it again until uncorking one of the shortest and best left hooks ever thrown. Fullmer, who is known for having an iron chin, went down and stayed down. Robinson kept landing left hooks to the body but he was getting out jabbed. Fullmer got brave and ran right into a left hook from Robinson that is considered the best single shot he ever threw.

3. Ray Robinson K.O. 3 Rocky Graziano: Rocky, who is a knockout puncher, knocked Robinson down with a big right in the third. Sugar Ray arose and knocked Graziano through the ropes and out. That was typical Robinson even if he is hurt he will rise to the occasion and close the show. Robinson embarrassed Rocky in the first two rounds by pot shooting and beating Rocky to the punch. Rocky threw punches but hit nothing but gloves and air.

4. Ray Robinson W10 Jake LaMotta (Third Bout) Robinson had lost a close decision to LaMotta in their second meeting so this was revenge for Robinson. Sugar Ray clearly won clearly at least 8 out of the 10 rounds. Robinson was at his best in this bout popping out jabs and turning La Motta. Robinson kept LaMotta at ring center which allowed himto out score The Raging Bull.

5. Ray Robinson W15 Kid Gavilan (Second Bout) Robinson barely squeezed out a win over Gavilan in their first match so this was to set the record strait. The bout was close until the late rounds when Robinson started to tee off on Kid Gavilan. Robinson was accurate with his shots and he ripped hard hooks to the body in the middle rounds which definitely slowed Gavilan down.

6. Ray Robinson W15 Tommy Bell: Robinson was not going to be denied. After three or four close and competitive rounds Robinson found his range and started landing at will on Bell. Robinson beat Bell to the punch and won the welterweight championship in a near shut out. Uppercuts and lead left hooks kept Bell from mounting any type of attack.

7. Ray Robinson W10 Sammy Angott (First Bout) Robinson had Angott down for a nine count in round two. Robinson proceeded to school Angott with ease to win a lopsided decision launching precision counters and stiff jabs and hooks. Robinson was teaching class this night and he was near perfect offensively and defensively.

8. Ray Robinson W10 Kid Gavilan (First Bout) Sugar barely pulled out a decision win against a prime and ready Gavilan. The fight was close with Robinson but the Sugar Man was slightly more accurate and his blows carried more pop. Robinson appeared to get faster as the fight wore on and he was the aggressor throughout.

9. Ray Robinson T.K.O. 10 Randy Turpin (Second Bout) Robinson lost the middleweight crown to Turpin in their previous meeting but he wasn't to be denied in the rematch. The bout was close until Robinson's power began to surface. Robinson began to showcase his speed and accuracy by landing numerous oneTwo's on Turpin's head and face.

10. Ray Robinson W10 Rocky Castellani: Robinson was leading going into the 6th round and then he was dropped for a count of 9. Sugar Ray showed heart to survive and fight his way back to win a close bout by decision. Castellani was kept at bay at various points by Robinson's stiff and accurate jab and his straight right hands.

11. Ray Robinson W15 Carmen Basilio (Second Bout) Robinson avenged an earlier defeat to Basilio by brawling and boxing his way to victory in The Fight of the Year for 1958. Both men were wobbled several times and both had to face adversities and rally back. Robinson had more in the tank in the end.

12. Ray Robinson W10 Jake La Motta (Fourth Bout) Robinson dominated the Hall of Fame middleweight in this fight landing everything but the kitchen sink. Robinson controlled LaMotta and kept him on the end of his jab looking invincible the entire time. He slipped and blocked most of LaMotta's incoming but couldn't seem to miss with his quick flurries.

13. Ray Robinson W10 Bobby Dykes: Dykes gave Robinson fits and kept it close the entire fight. Sugar Ray used his sublime footwork and counter punching skills to pull ahead in the last two rounds landing the stick and straight right hands that bloodied Dykes nose.

14. Ray Robinson W10 Holly Mims: Mims was floored and badly hurt in round two but managed to come back and cut Robinson around the eye. The match was close in nearly every round but Sugar Ray's accuracy and power proved to be the difference.

15. Ray Robinson W10 Georgie Abrams: Robinson beat a solid contender in Abrams. It was a hotly contested bout in which Robinson's jab and left hook made the difference. Sugar Ray had to use his whole arsenal to pull ahead. Robinson used lead right hands followed by left hooks to the head and body enough to win.

16. Ray Robinson W10 Marty Servo (First Bout) Robinson took on undefeated (42-0) Marty Servo on his way up the welterweight rankings. The bout was intense but Robinson pulled ahead and dished out a systematic beating in the 8th, 9th and 10th rounds.

17. Ray Robinson K.O. 10 Artie Levine: This bout showed Robinson could recover when hurt and come back to win. In the fourth round Robinson was floored by a hook and a right and he had to hold on to survive the stanza. Robinson began to pound Levine to birth sides of his body and use footwork and ring generalship to avoid the heavy handed challenger. In the tenth Sugar Ray hurt Levine with a huge hook to the body and then unloaded a heavy onslaught to the head and body until Artie Levine fell flat on his face for the count.

18. Ray Robinson TKO 7 California Jackie Wilson: Long time contender Wilson was on a winning streak but he was took to the school of hard knocks by Sugar Ray who unloaded hooks, uppercuts, body shots and overhand rights constantly. In the seventh round Robinson landed a hook that put Wilson down and when he got up he was out on his feet and the ref waved it off.

19. Ray Robinson W10 Henry Armstrong: While it's true that Armstrong was past his prime Robinson still pitched an easy shut out like no other man ever had done to the great Armstrong before or since. He parried and blocked the majority of Armstrong's whirlwind attacks.

20. Ray Robinson K.O. 12 BoBo Olson (First Bout) Robinson landed 20+ jabs in the opening round and several hard left hooks and strait rights to finish the round. In the second he kept in with a Floyd Patterson style leaping left hook to render Olson helpless.

21. Ray Robinson W15 Robert Villemain: Robinson used speedy footwork, feints and classy skills to easily beat up the skilled Villemain. In the 12th Robinson scored a flash knockdown with a lead right but he had to settle for a shut out decision.

22. Ray Robinson W15 Charley Fusari: Robinson was at his best in defending the 147 pound crown against top contender Fusari. Robinson won all the rounds using angles and amazing combinations to baffle and humiliate Charley Fusari.

23. Ray Robinson KO 10 Fritzie Zivic ( Second Bout) Sugar Ray won a close decision over Zivic in his previous bout so he signs for an immediate rematch. Robinson beats Zivic from pillar to post before putting him out for a ten count with a left hook to the jaw.

24. Ray Robinson W15 Bernard Docusen: Docusen was the number one welterweight contender who boasted a 49-2 record. Robinson took a beating to the body in a couple of rounds but otherwise he dominated Docusenn who showed an iron chin.

25. Ray Robinson W10 Sammy Angott: The match was close and competitive until the 8th round when Sugar Ray landed a leaping left hook to floor Angott. Angott survived but never recovered and Robinson pounced. Robinson landed 4 and 5 punch combinations including bolo punches to punctuate his deadly combos.

Sugar Ray Robinson vs. Kid Gavilan

Sugar Ray Robinson beat Hall of Fame fighter Kid Gavilan by unanimous decision in defense of his welterweight championship.
Sugar Ray Robinson beat Hall of Fame fighter Kid Gavilan by unanimous decision in defense of his welterweight championship. | Source

The Complete Package

Sugar Ray Robinson is the epitome of what a prizefighter should strive to be like. He had speed, power, reflexes, a steel chin, heart and will, stamina, great jab, excellent boxing skills and supreme footwork in his arsenal. He took on all comers never backing away from a challenge.

Sugar Ray Robinson had it all including accuracy, counter punching proficiency, quick combination punching and the ability to win fights from a distance boxing on his toes or brawling in the trenches against brawlers.

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