Joey Maxim vs. Sugar Ray Robinson
Sugar Ray Robinson 157 lbs lost to Joey Maxim 173 lbs by RTD in round 13 of 15
- Date: 1952-06-25
- Location: Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York, USA
- Referee: Ruby Goldstein
- World Light Heavyweight Title (2nd defense by Maxim)
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- The fight was originally scheduled for June 23 but was postponed because of rain.
- Robinson was a slight betting favorite.
- Maxim had a two-inch height advantage, but Robinson had a one-inch reach advantage.
- There was no home TV or radio for the fight. 39 theaters in 25 cities carried the bout on closed circuit television.
- Maxim and Robinson each received 30% of the net gate.
- There was a crowd of 47,968.
- The gross gate was $421,696.
- Maxim was warned for elbowing, and Robinson was admonished for holding.
- The temperature on the night of the fight was 103 degrees. Referee Ruby Goldstein, overcome by the heat, was replaced by Ray Miller after the tenth round.
- Robinson, suffering from heat exhaustion and Maxim's harder punches, was unable to come out for the 14th round. It was the only time Robinson was stopped in 200 professional fights.
- At the time of the stoppage, Robinson led by scores of 10-3, 9-3-1 and 7-3-3. The Associated Press had Robinson ahead 9-3-1, and the United Press had him in front 10-2-1.
- Robinson retired after this fight, but he returned to the ring in 1955.
- Joey Maxim: "I was way behind, and I knew it. But I also knew I had him if I didn't run out of rounds."
- Jack Kearns (Maxim's manager): "The heat talk is an alibi and excuse. Robinson was nailed good in the belly in the tenth round and again in the twelfth and he got a left hook and a right to the head at the end of the thirteenth, when he was on the ropes. If the bell hadn't a rang he'd be dead. It was the way we planned it. We had Joey lay back and let Robinson punch himself out."