1951-09-12 Sugar Ray Robinson w rsc 10 (15) Randy Turpin, Polo Grounds, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - WORLD

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1951-09-12 Sugar Ray Robinson w rsc 10 (15) Randy Turpin, Polo Grounds, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - WORLD. Referee: Ruby Goldstein. The champion made a reasonable start, even overcoming a bad second round when Robinson (157½) almost sent him crashing from a short right to the jaw. Although only drawing one of the opening four sessions, Turpin (159) came right back in the fifth. Coming into the tenth the two fighters were even on points, with Turpin looking to be the stronger. The tide turned in that round after Robinson went berserk on being badly cut over the left eye. Bowled over by a crashing right counter the Britisher got up at ‘nine’, but instead of taking a breather by going down again he allowed Robinson to fire in punch after punch to head and body as he swayed back and forth against the ropes. With nothing coming back from Turpin the referee jumped between them with just eight seconds of the round remaining. Turpin’s title reign had lasted just 64 days, a record for the division.

Towards the end of 1951 the Australian-born British Empire champion, Dave Sands, was rated the number two challenger to Robinson (one place behind Turpin), having won 19 straight with victories over Robert Villemain, Pete Mead and Carl Bobo Olson (twice). It seemed that all he had to do was to beat a young inexperienced Yolande Pompey at catchweights and a match with Turpin for the right to fight Robinson would be the next step. Unfortunately for Sands, when Pompey picked up a seventh-round stoppage win at The Arena, Harringay, London on 13 November, it was the unrated Olson who went on to meet Robinson. Sands never did get a world title shot, being killed in a tragic road accident just four contests later.