Boxing History

Rocky Marciano Hosts Carmen Basilio vs Sugar Ray Robinson – Guest William Bendix

 

Rocky Marciano Hosts Carmen Basilio vs Sugar Ray Robinson – Guest William Bendix

 

  • Carmen Basilio 153½ lbs
  • Sugar Ray Robinson 160 lbs
  • SD in round 15 of 15
  • Location: Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York, USA
  • Referee: Al Berl 6-9
  • Judge: Ait Aadi 9-5
  • Judge: Bill Recht 8-6
  • Unofficial AP scorecard: 6-6
  • World Middleweight Championship (1st defense of 4th reign by Robinson)

 

Notes

There was a crowd of 38,072.

The gross gate was $566,467 and the net gate was $481,417.

More than 170 theaters in 39 states and Canada showed the fight on closed circuit television.

Robinson’s purse was $483,666 and Basilio’s was $211,679.

The federal government filed a notice of levy on $514,000 of Robinson’s income to collect anticipatory taxes.

A poll of 47 sports writers at ringside showed 26 thought Basilio won, 17 favored Robinson and four called it even.

The fight was named The Ring Fight of the Year for 1957

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