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, and although Robinson improved in the ninth he was almost spent. The last five sessions saw Fullmer extend his lead, climbing all over Robinson at times, but was unable to put the latter down again.