History | Feb 14 2019

On This Day: Sugar Ray Robinson wins the St Valentine’s Day Massacre

Old rival Jake LaMotta cannot cope with Sugar Ray Robinson this time, writes Sam Corbishley
Jake LaMotta
Sugar Ray Robinson vs Jake LaMotta

SUGAR RAY ROBINSON, 30, was a 3-1 betting favourite going into the fight at the Chicago Stadium on February 14 1951 against the 29-year old champion, Jake LaMotta, from the Bronx.

THE 14,802 crowd that night produced a net gate of $138,938 – the champion LaMotta took 45 per ecent of this earning him $62,522 plus $1,500 from sales of television and radio rights, Robinson’s 15 per cent share pocketed him $20,840 to go with his equal share of the television money.

THIS was the sixth, and final, meeting between the pair. Robinson had won four of the previous five, but LaMotta was the first man to have defeated Sugar Ray in 41 fights back in February 1943.