US boxer who was world welterweight champion (1946–51) and five times the middleweight champion (1951 (twice), 1955, 1957, and 1958–60).
Sugar Ray Robinson was born at Detroit and as an amateur boxer never lost in 125 fights. He became a professional in 1940 and won the welterweight title in 1946. In 1951 he beat Jake Lamotta to take the middleweight title for the first time. In the course of 202 professional bouts, Robinson lost only 19 fights. Few boxers in the twentieth century have boxed with greater skill; he was also renowned for his defence. Robinson retired in 1965.
Subjects: Literature — Contemporary History (Post 1945).