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On This Day: Randy Turpin stunned Sugar Ray Robinson to take middleweight title

The original Boxing News ringside report from the massive July 10, 1951 upset when Randy Turpin shocked the great Sugar Ray Robinson
Sugar Ray Robinson
Sugar Ray Robinson

HOW RANDY BEAT SUGAR RAY: BRITISH CHAMPION WINS NINE CLEAR ROUNDS TO TAKE WORLD TITLE

A GREAT hand for Randolph Turpin for a magnificent victory gained over Sugar Ray Robinson – a triumph of physical strength and boxing science over a world champion, generally regarded as a brilliant and expert exponent of the noble art. Our man went into the exhibition hall ring the underdog at odds of not less than 5-to-1 one against. Many critics feared the consequences of what they regarded as a prematurely made match; in fact, about the only man who wasn’t worried was Randy himself.

But Turpin was blessed with supreme confidence in his ability to win, despite the great publicity afforded his opponent and the sensational stories of his apparent invulnerability. Perhaps Randy remembered the encouraging remarks made to him by Len Harvey at this year’s “Boxing News” annual luncheon. Commenting on the fourth coming world’s title fight, the many times British champion remarked, “I see no reason why you cannot beat Superman, he’s two arms, two legs, two fists, so have you. Just get in there and show him who’s boss and you’ll win the world title.”