Sugar Ray Robinson vs. Carmen Basilio (1st meeting)

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Carmen Basilio 154 lbs beat Ray Robinson 160 lbs by SD in round 15 of 15

  • Unofficial AP scorecard: 6-6
  • World Middleweight Championship (1st defense of 4th reign by Robinson)
  • Photo #2, Photo #3, Photo #4


  • There was a crowd of 38,072.
  • The gross gate was $566,467 and the net gate was $481,417.
  • More than 170 theaters in 39 states and Canada showed the fight on closed circuit television.
  • Robinson's purse was $483,666 and Basilio's was $211,679.
  • The federal government filed a notice of levy on $514,000 of Robinson's income to collect anticipatory taxes.
  • A poll of 47 sports writers at ringside showed 26 thought Basilio won, 17 favored Robinson and four called it even.
  • The fight was named The Ring Fight of the Year for 1957.

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