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On This Day: The tragedy that haunted Sugar Ray Robinson

The original Boxing News ringside report from when Jimmy Doyle paid the ultimate price against Sugar Ray Robinson
Sugar Ray Robinson
Sugar Ray Robinson

THESE days it would have been huge news had a boxer died at the hands of the world welterweight champion and best fighter in the sport.

But in 1947 such matters were dealt with differently – no mention on the front cover, where the editor usually posted his editorial. Instead the coverage was confined to page 10, where the headline said, rather matter of factly, ‘Welterweight title fight ends in tragedy’.

Sugar Ray Robinson was making his first defence, on this day (June 24) in 1947, and was too good for Jimmy Doyle, knocking him out in the eighth in Cleveland.