Boxing Champ Sugar Ray Robinson In Harlem, NY 1957

sugar ray robinson in harlemA great photograph of the classy boxing champion Sugar Ray Robinson saluting the adoring crowd after the Randolph Turpin fight on August 7th, Harlem, New York, 1951.

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The Robinson and Turpin rematch was in front of 60,000 fans at the Polo Grounds, the knocked Turpin out in ten rounds to recover the title. In that bout, Robinson was leading on the cards but was cut by Turpin. With the fight in jeopardy, Robinson let loose on Turpin, knocking him down, then getting him to the ropes and unleashing a series of punches that caused the referee to stop the bout. Following Robinson’s victory, (as you can see in the photo above) Harlem residents danced in the streets Hotel Theresa on 7th Avenue and 125th Street. Robinson was named Ring Magazine’s “Fighter of the Year” for the second time.

Sugar Ray’s manager sits in the back seat of the convertible is all smiles, except for the NYPD officer in the driver’s seat in the bottom left-hand corner of the frame.

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