1957-01-02 Gene Fullmer w pts 15 Sugar Ray Robinson, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - WORLD

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1957-01-02 Gene Fullmer w pts 15 Sugar Ray Robinson, Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, NYC, New York, USA - WORLD. Referee: Ruby Goldstein. Scorecards: 8-5, 10-5, 9-6. Having failed to knock Fullmer (157¼) out early the champion started to box on the back foot, sending in jabs and clips to the head whenever he could. It was apparent that Fullmer wanted to come off the leash once his manager had given him the go-ahead, and in the seventh he dropped Robinson (160) for ‘six’ after connecting with a right and left to the body. Twice the bottom rope had to be repaired, which did not help the fighters’ concentration. Although Robinson improved in the ninth he was almost spent, the last five sessions seeing Fullmer extend his lead when climbing all over him at times. However, unable to put Robinson down again he had to settle for the points win.