Giardello knocked Robinson down in the fourth round, and the 43-year-old took until the count of nine to rise to his feet. In June 1947, after four non-title bouts, Robinson was scheduled to defend his title for the first time in a bout against. The boxer is married to Bernadette Robi, his starsign is Taurus and he is now 62 years of age. Robinson held the world welterweight title from 1946 to 1951, and won the world middleweight title in the latter year. In the bout with Maxim, Robinson built a lead on all three judges' scorecards, but the 103 °F 39 °C temperature in the ring took its toll. Edna Mae Robinson Still Looking Good in Her Mink.
He wasn't born with a silver spoon in his mouth, but was virtually handed one when he stepped down from the podium in Montreal. Leonard was flattered, filled with hope, as any young athlete would be. Robinson built a record of 40—0 before losing for the first time to LaMotta in a 10-round re-match. But boxing was our safe zone where a shared love of the fight game trumped the rest of the world and its troubles. In February 1963 Robinson lost via unanimous decision to former world champion and fellow Hall of Famer. He retired from boxing in 1991 and has since been involved in motivational speaking and occasional acting roles.
In London, Robinson lost the world middleweight title to British boxer in a sensational bout. He was just sixteen when he began boxing following some rudimentary training from his elder brother, Roger Leonard. He was able to fight almost any style: he could come out one round , the next counterpunching, and the next fighting on the outside flicking his jab. Robinson was the youngest of three children; his eldest sister Marie was born in 1917 and his other sister Evelyn was born in 1919. That, in my mind, was the moment that won the fight for him. In 1957 Robinson lost his title to.
From there, both fighters took turns controlling the fight for three to four-round blocks, with Leonard finding his second wind late to finish each round with a 30-second flurry, which Arum believes was a strategy he modeled after Ali. He remembers Clancy favoring Leonard by a single round. It is more like hearing the bell, rushing to the center of the ring and being hit with a straight right hand. Following Robinson's victory, residents of Harlem danced in the streets. The referee scored the fight for Basilio 69—64, and was booed loudly by the crowd of 19,000 when his decision was announced.
Robinson won the undisputed title with a 13th round. Their son, , was born in 1939. The same year, Sugar Ray was featured in the movie , starring and. After the fight, they shared a hospital room. Robinson was one of the first to establish himself as a star outside sports. So there was that stunned look on his face -- not just disappointment but kind of surprise.
An attempt to regain the crown for an unheard of sixth time proved beyond Robinson. Soon the couple were dating and they married in 1943. In October 1950, Robinson knocked out a future middleweight title holder. The band's debut album, , was released in 1995 and though it failed to produce a major it did earn them recognition in alternative circles. They planned to start a liquor distribution business in New York City, but were denied a license due to their race.
Robinson spent the rest of the 1960s fighting 10-round contests. What it's really about is boxing's great aesthetic divide. A year later, he defended his title against. Later in the book, he speaks of haunting flashbacks and says that the experience, and a volatile home life as a child, contributed to his misadventures as an adult. When he woke up on April 5 in Fort Jay Hospital on Governor's Island, he had missed his sailing for Europe and was under suspicion of deserting. The tension between the boxer-versus-slugger paradigms is essential to the health of the sport. Later that year, in defense of that crown, he defeated Jose Basora, with whom he had previously drawn.
. On August 20, 1993, he married his current wife, model Bernadette Robi, daughter of singer Paul Robi, one of the original Platters, with whom he has two children. The two fought for the title vacated by Servo, who had himself lost twice to Robinson in non-title bouts. Leonard fought just the way he told everybody he would, winning one round at a time, using lateral movement and hand speed. Archived from on July 18, 2012. On June 25, 1947 Robinson dominated Doyle and scored a decisive knockout in the eighth round that knocked Doyle unconscious and resulted in Doyle's death later that night. In the fight, Robinson, who only a month before had been involved in a 10-round brawl with , was knocked down by Bell.
This larger-than-life persona made him the idol of millions of African American youths in the 1950s. Leonard says he used for the next few years, stopping his drug use in 1986. He retired after the fight and was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame later that year. But in the fifth, Robinson was able to win the title back for a fourth time by knocking out Fullmer with a lightning fast, powerful left hook. The band's overall sound, throughout its shifts in style, has been characterised as. Sugar Ray Leonard in 1979.