Carmen Basilio vs. Sugar Ray Robinson (2nd meeting)

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1958-03-25 : Carmen Basilio 153 lbs lost to Sugar Ray Robinson 159¾ lbs by SD in round 15 of 15

Notes

  • There was a crowd of 17,976.
  • The gross gate was $351,955 and the net gate was $278,108.
  • Each fighter collected 30% of the net gate, an estimated $300,000 from closed circuit TV and $30,000 from the national radio broadcast.
  • Basilio's left eye was swollen shut. The Associated Press reported: "By the time the sixth round started, there was scarcely a slit in the champion's puffed eye."
  • A ringside poll had 28 writers scoring the fight for Robinson, one favoring Basilio and one calling it even.
  • The fight was named The Ring Fight of the Year for 1958.

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