Sugar Ray Robinson is considered by many boxing historians as the greatest fighter to ever lace em' up. Born Walker Smith Jr. (May 3, 1921 - April 12, 1989), Robinson is almost always ranked among the top three boxers ever in both the welterweight and middleweight classes.
Robinson's amateur career was quite impressive as he compiled a record of 85-0 (69 KOs), with 40 of those victories coming in the first round.
Robinson turned professional in 1940 at the age of 19 and by 1951 had a professional record of 128-1-2 (84 KOs).
Robinson held the world welterweight title from 1946 to 1951, and won the middleweight title in 1951.
Robinson retired in 1952 only to return two and a half years later to regain the middleweight title in 1955. He later would become the first boxer in history to win a divisional world championship five times.
Robinson was named Fighter of the Year twice (1942 & 1951).
His resume boasts victories over a handful of Hall of Famer fighters such as Jake Lamotta, Carmen Basilio, Gene Fullmer, Carl 'Bobo' Olson, Henry Armstrong, Rocky Graziano, Fritzie Zivic, and Kid Gavilan.
Spanning a 26 year career, Robinson reportedly had over 200 pro bouts and lost just 19.
Final Record: 175-19-6 (106 KOs).
Robinson was named the greatest fighter of the 20th century by the Associated Press, and the greatest boxer in history by ESPN.com in 2007. The Ring magazine rated him the best pound for pound boxer of all-time in 1997, and its "Fighter of the Decade" for the 1950s.
Robinson's performances in the welterweight/middleweight divisions prompted sportswriters to create the term "pound for pound" to compare fighters to one another regardless of weight.
PROFESSIONAL BOXING RECORD
Sugar Ray Robinson