History | Apr 16 2018

On This Day: Sugar Ray Robinson knocked out the Rock

Rocky Graziano’s middleweight title bid failed in third round against the sublime Sugar Ray Robinson in 1952
Sugar Ray Robinson
Sugar Ray Robinson

AFTER knocking out Rocky Graziano in three rounds at the Chicago Stadium before a crowd of 22,264 on April 16, 1952, world’s middleweight champion Sugar Ray Robinson announced that he would put his title at stake again next month against Paddy Young at Madison Square Garden.

He then plans a visit to Israel for a charity bout at Tel-Aviv on June 21, then on to France for a bout with the winner of the Laurent Dauthuille-Charles Humez contest.

It was the end of the road for former champion Graziano, who, since losing his title to Tony Zale in 1948, had run up a string of 21 bouts without defeat, including 18 inside the distance.


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