Gene Fullmer vs. Sugar Ray Robinson (2nd meeting)
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1957-05-01 : Gene Fullmer 159¼ lbs lost to Sugar Ray Robinson 159½ lbs by KO at 1:27 in round 5 of 15
- Location: Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USA
- Referee: Frank Sikora
World Middleweight Title (first defense by Fullmer)
- Fullmer was a 3½-1 favorite.
- The Associated Press reported: "Alert to charges that Fullmer was guilty of rabbit punching and Robinson of continuous holding in their first bout, The Illinois Athletic Commission advised it's referees to penalize the fighters for any violations."
- Introduced in the ring prior to the bout were Carmen Basilio, Kid Gavilan, Joe Louis, and Barney Ross.
- Robinson knocked out Fullmer with a left hook to the chin. Robinson later called the blow "the most perfect punch of my career."
- Fullmer later recalled: "I didn't know anything about being hit. I didn't know anything about being down. The first thing I knew, I was standing up. Robinson was in the other corner. I thought he was in great condition, doing exercises between rounds. My manager crawled into the ring. I said, 'What happened?' He said, 'They counted to ten.' Up to then, I didn't know."
- Fullmer was ahead 19-18 on all three official scorecards. The fight was scored on the 5-point must system.