Sugar Ray Robinson vs. Tommy Bell (2nd meeting)

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Sugar Ray Robinson throws a left to the body of Tommy Bell

Ray Robinson 147 lbs beat Tommy Bell 146 lbs by UD in round 15 of 15

  • Unofficial United Press scorecard: 10-4-1 Robinson
  • Unofficial Associated Press scorecard: 8-5-2 Robinson
  • World Welterweight Championship (Vacant)

"Sugar Ray Robinson last night reached the pot of gold he has been hunting for five years by coming on in the middle rounds to outpoint Tommy Bell and win the world welterweight championship in Madison Square Garden. Robinson weighed 146½; Bell 146. The Harlem stringbean, known for five years as the uncrowned champion, finally got his shot at the crown this time and hit the jackpot, but only after the roughest, toughest going he has ever gone through in his career, as the rugged Youngstown, O., Negro walked in and belted away from start to finish of the 15-round slugfest. Loser of only one fight in his career of 75 trips to the post—and that one to a middleweight—the uptown thumper had to come off the floor from a second round knockdown to finish in front." - Associated Press


  • Robinson had been scheduled to fight World Welterweight Champion Marty Servo at Yankee Stadium on September 6, 1946, but Servo pulled out of the fight due to a nose injury and announced his retirement on September 25.
  • Former lightweight champion Beau Jack and former junior welterweight champion Tippy Larkin were each offered the opportunity to face Robinson for the vacate title, but they both declined.
  • Robinson had been called the "uncrowned world welterweight champion" for five years.
  • The fight was promoted by Mike Jacobs.
  • Robinson was a 5-1 favorite.
  • Bell floored Robinson in the second round, and Robinson dropped Bell in the eleventh.
  • A crowd of 15,670 produced a gross gate of $82,948.