This Day in Boxing

This Day July 10, 1951 Sugar Ray Robinson Loses to Randy Turpin

Sugar Ray Robinson Loses to Randy Turpin This Day July 10, 1951

 Ray Robinson loses middle weight crown by 15 round decision




Sugar Ray Robinson 154½ lbs

Randolph Turpin 158¾ lbs

PTS in round 15 of 15

Location: Earls Court Arena, Kensington, London, United Kingdom

Referee: Eugene Henderson

World Middleweight Championship (1st defense by Robinson)




This was the seventh and final fight of Robinson’s European tour. The other six fights were non-title affairs which took place in France, Switzerland, Belgium, Germany, and Italy between May 21 and July 1.

Upon his arrival in London, Robinson was mobbed by fans. In his book Sweet Thunder: The Life and Times of Sugar Ray Robinson, Wil Haygood wrote, “People followed him everywhere; he required a police escort. Bobbies circled him as he moved about. Sugar Ray Robinson was a full-fledged international star.”  

Photographer Gordon Parks, who accompanied Robinson to London, said, “There were no workouts.

Sugar Ray played at golf through the days, and at card tables late into the nights.”

Robinson was a 4-1 favorite.

Robinson’s purse was $84,000 and Turpin received $25,500.

A sellout crowd of 18,000 produced a gate of $250,000.

Robinson suffered a deep gash on his left eyebrow.

Referee Eugene Henderson was the sole judge. When the fight concluded, he raised Turpin’s hand in victory. His score was not announced.

The Associated Press scored the fight 9-4-2 for Turpin.

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