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Friday, April 18, 2008

Sugar Ray Robinson

Boxer Sugar Ray Robinson was born Walker Smith Jr. on May 3, 1921. He was considered to be the greatest boxer of all time.

Robinson had an amazing run as an amateur, boasting an 85-0 victory, with 69 of those victories being a knock-out for his opponents. He continued has successes into his professional career winning 128 matches and losing few others. His professional wins included 84 knockouts. He won the world featherweight and lightweight divisions. He was also a world welterweight and middleweight title holder. He holds the record of winning the middleweight title five times. He also won the world championship six times. He was virtually unbeatable his entire boxing career.

Sugar Ray Robinson was named the greatest fighter of the 20th century by the Associated Press, and ESPN named him the greatest boxer in history in 2007. Despite his amazing successes in the ring, Robinson struggled once his fighting career ended. Sadly he lived in poverty until his death. He died on April 12, 1989 from complications of Alzheimer’s disease and Diabetes.

In 2006, The United States Postal Service released a stamp in Robinson’s honor. The stamp resembles the vintage fight poster from the 1940’s and 1950’s that was made during his peak fighting years.



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