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Sugar Ray Robinson‘Sugar’ Ray Robinson

Though all the years of boxing, through all the years since his retirement in 1965, ‘Sugar’ Ray Robinson is still regarded as one of the greatest pound-for-pound boxers and one of the most technically sound fighters ever. Robinson was was the first fighter to ever become a five-time world champion in one weight class, holding the world middleweight championships in 1951, 1951-52, 1955, 1957 and 1958-60. Before his reign as a dominant middleweight champion, Robinson was the world welterweight champion from 1946-1951. At one point in his career, Robinson was a remarkable 128-1-2 and ended his career with a 173-19-6 record with 109 wins by knockout over a 25-year career. What made Robinson so impressive was his ability to fight successful in any style. Robinson could come out brawling, he could counter-punch, fight on the outside, use speed to frustrate his opponent or his power to overwhelm them and was efficient with both hands. Before his professional career, Robinson was a two-time Gold Gloves winner as an amateur, winning at featherweight in 1939 and then lightweight in 1940. Robinson was a three-time Fighter of the Year and was named the Fighter of the Decade for the 1950s.

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