Originally Posted by Dempsey1238
You really going to give Robinson credit over past it fighters like Rocky and Henry? Had Robinson beaten Fullmer and Basilio the FIRST time, they wouldn't be as well known. They got their greatness because they beat Robinson.
1. Graziano only 29 when he fought him, so just how "past it" was he?
2. Marty Servo, Jake LaMotta and Kid Gavilan were NOT past it when he fought them.
3. Basilio was already a two-time WORLD welterweight champion, who had won two Ring "fight of the year" fights in a row and was also in a "round of the year". I say that he was already well known AND great before he fought SRR.
Both their fights ended in split decisions. If Carmen had lost both rather than going 1-1, they would be argued to this day. Hell, look at all the draws and unanimous nods that are still argued! And if he lost the first and hadn't gotten a RE, many would have claimed that Robby ducked him the same way they question why there was no rubber match.