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December 10, 2020

Vintage Photos of American Professional Boxer Sugar Ray Robinson in the 1950s

Sugar Ray Robinson (born Walker Smith Jr.) was an American professional boxer whose career in the ring spanning from 1940 to 1965. Widely considered one of the greatest boxers of all time, he was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990.
Training at Roger Oquinarenne's gymnasium in Paris, 1951. (Bert Hardy)

From 1946 to 1951, Robinson held the world welterweight title, and in that latter year he won the world middleweight, which would be regained by him in 1955, two-and-a-half years later after he announced his retirement from the ring in 1952. Robinson was named Fighter of the Year twice: first in 1942 and later in 1951. 

Take a look at the boxer during the ‘50s through 15 vintage photographs:

With his 1950 pink Cadillac convertible in Harlem, 1950s. (George Karger)
Studio portrait, 1950. (Gilles Petard)
Posing in fighting stance, 1950. (Hulton)
Enjoying a box of candy in Paris, 1950. (Popperfoto)
Training session, 1950. (Universal)
Training session, 1951. (Keystone)
During a fight against Jake LaMotta, Chicago, 1951. (Bettmann)
Winner of middleweight championship, Chicago, 1951. (Bettmann)
1951. (Charles Payne)
Shaking hands with an autograph-hunter in Paris, 1951. (Bert Hardy)
With fans during a visit to London, 1951. (Warburton)
Training at Roger Oquinarenne's gymnasium in Paris, 1951. (Bert Hardy)
During a fight against Rocky Graziano, 1952. (Bettmann)
With family in Paris, 1954. (Keystone)
Chinning on the canopy of his restaurant, New York, 1954. (Bettmann)


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