1947-12-19 Sugar Ray Robinson w rsc 6 (15) Chuck Taylor, Olympia, Detroit, Michigan, USA - WORLD

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1947-12-19 Sugar Ray Robinson w rsc 6 (15) Chuck Taylor, Olympia, Detroit, Michigan, USA - WORLD. Referee: Johnny Weber. Giving a brilliant display of cleverness and hard hitting, the champion overcame the aggressive Taylor (144¾), who made a good start in the opening two sessions before being hurt in the third by a solid right to the jaw and several searing body blows. Rescued by the bell in the fourth after being almost dropped by a right to the head, Taylor came out for the fifth but soon began to weaken as Robinson (146½) belted in heavy rights to the body and brought his hooks into play. Sensing that he had his man going, Robinson upped the pace in the sixth and a variety of quality shots followed by a right to the head dropped Taylor heavily. Although Taylor made it up at ‘nine’ it was the beginning of the end, Robinson giving him no time to recover before an avalanche of blows put him down again, and at 2.07 of the round the fight was over when the referee brought matters to a halt.

By January 1948 the new number one as recognised by The Ring magazine was Gene Burton, who had just added Bernard Docusen to his list of victims after beating Ike Williams, Johnny Bratton (twice) and drawn with Doug Ratford and Freddie Dawson in his previous 13 contests. It seemed feasable that he might be the next opponent for Robinson, but following a reverse at the hands of Docusen and a defeat by Charley Williams he had dropped out of the top ten by the middle of the year.

After his win over Burton, Docusen took in four more contests before becoming Robinson’s next challenger when signing up at the beginning of May. Initially the fight had been proposed for 4 June before the 17th of the month was agreed, but bad weather saw a further delay of 11 days.