Randy Turpin vs. Sugar Ray Robinson (2nd meeting)

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Referee Ruby Goldstein stops the fight in the tenth round

1951-09-12 : Sugar Ray Robinson 157½ lbs beat Randolph Turpin 159 lbs by TKO at 2:52 in round 10 of 15

Notes

  • A crowd of 61,370 produced a gate of $767,630.
  • Movie rights were $200,000 and theater television rights were $25,000.
  • Robinson's share was 30% (approximately $230,000) and Turpin's share was 25% (approximately $210,000).
  • Robinson opened as a 12-5 betting favorite. The odds were 2-1 the day before the fight.
  • Turpin won rounds eight and nine on all three scorecards and opened a bad gash over Robinson's left eye in the tenth.
  • Robinson dropped Turpin with a right to the jaw in the tenth. After getting up at the count of nine, Turpin was battered along the ropes until the referee stopped the fight.

Post-Fight Comments

  • Robinson: "After my eye got cut, it was do or die. I didn't want to take any chances with the referee stopping the fight."
  • Turpin: "The referee should not have stopped it. I was perfectly keen. There were only eight seconds to go in the round, and I was covering up."

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