Randy Turpin vs. Sugar Ray Robinson (1st meeting)

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Randy Turpin hits Sugar Ray Robinson with a stiff jab

1951-07-10 : Sugar Ray Robinson 154½ lbs lost to Randolph Turpin 158¾ lbs by PTS in round 15 of 15

  • Location: Earls Court Arena, Kensington, London, United Kingdom
  • Referee: Eugene Henderson
  • World Middleweight Championship (1st defense by Robinson)

Notes

  • This was the seventh and final fight of Robinson's European tour. The other six fights were non-title affairs which took place in France, Switzerland, Belgium, Germany, and Italy between May 21 and July 1.
  • Upon his arrival in London, Robinson was mobbed by fans. In his book Sweet Thunder: The Life and Times of Sugar Ray Robinson, Wil Haygood wrote, "People followed him everywhere; he required a police escort. Bobbies circled him as he moved about. Sugar Ray Robinson was a full-fledged international star."
  • Photographer Gordon Parks, who accompanied Robinson to London, said, "There were no workouts. Sugar Ray played at golf through the days, and at card tables late into the nights."
  • Robinson was a 4-1 favorite.
  • Robinson's purse was $84,000 and Turpin received $25,500.
  • A sellout crowd of 18,000 produced a gate of $250,000.
  • Robinson suffered a deep gash on his left eyebrow.
  • Referee Eugene Henderson was the sole judge. When the fight concluded, he raised Turpin's hand in victory. His score was not announced.
  • The Associated Press scored the fight 9-4-2 for Turpin.

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