1957-09-23 Carmen Basilio w pts 15 Sugar Ray Robinson, Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NYC, New York, USA - WORLD

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1957-09-23 Carmen Basilio w pts 15 Sugar Ray Robinson, Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NYC, New York, USA - WORLD. Referee: Al Berl. Scorecards: 9-5, 8-6, 6-9. Despite coming into the fight as the reigning welterweight champion, Basilio (153½) was not given a great chance by the press, who although recognising that Robinson (160) had gone back a fair bit did not expect him to lose his title. It turned out to be one of the best fights of the year, as Basilio worked the champion all over while taking everything that came his way. Basilio, cut over the left eye early on, refused to give ground as Robinson, with his longer reach, smacked in jab after jab, and as the fight drew to a close it was still uncertain as to who would win. In the 12th, the weary Robinson rained in punch after punch on Basilio to send him hurtling back across the ring, but the latter came back strongly, the last three sessions seeing them going blow for blow until the final bell.