Sugar Ray Robinson vs. Randolph Turpin
July 10th, 1951
Britain’s Randolph Turpin, against all the odds and received wisdom, defeated Sugar Ray Robinson by unanimous decision.
This rugged, ragged, and rumbustious contest took place at Earls Court Arena in London. Randy ripped off Sugar Ray’s middleweight crown. The “Leamington Licker,’ fought the fight of his life. The result reverberated, as a seismic shock, with Sugar Ray badly gashed and outmuscled, ruining his fabled European Tour. The third man in the ring was Eugene Henderson.
Just sixty four days later in the Polo, Ray was again badly cut, but ruthlessly rallied to pulverize Randolph in a torrid tenth. Elusive here today and gone glory for the Midlander, which lasted less than three months! His first, his last, his anything… his everything!