History | Sep 12 2018

On This Day: Sugar Ray Robinson regains his world middleweight title with dramatic victory over Randolph Turpin

Marc Gatford recounts Sugar Ray Robinson's successful revenge mission over Randolph Turpin
Sugar Ray Robinson
Sugar Ray Robinson

Idolised by Muhammad Ali and heralded as the greatest fighter to ever lace a pair of gloves, Sugar Ray Robinson, avenged his middleweight world title defeat to Englishman Randolph Turpin, at the Polo Grounds, New York City on September 12, 1951. Turpin shocked the world by roughhousing Robinson over 15 rounds to claim the middleweight strap, during the American’s turbulent whistle-stop tour of Europe, just two months earlier.

As flamboyant outside the ring as he was efficiently brutal in it, Sugar Ray embarked on a journey across the continent in an opened-topped, pink Cadillac. Long before it became custom for boxing’s elite to surround themselves with large support networks, the Harlem man was pioneering the term ‘entourage’, travelling Europe with his barber, masseuse and a number of other assistants in tow.

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