Every once in a while a great fight will get lost amidst the controversy and upset that it produced. This is one of them. 1.Robinson did the customary jabbing. Turpin showed absolutely no caution, and was cautioned right away by the referee for kidney punching. Turpin was not especially effective as he was more aggressive. Turpin. 2. A left hook snapped Ray's head back. Ray countered back quickly. Turpin. 3. Ray started quickly, landing a good left hook and a good straight right. The commentator summed it up well: "A couple of good headaches in the making." ha ha, good one. The two fought an brisk and entertaining exchange afterwards. Later, a left hook rocked Ray into one of the corners. Both men were warned for rabbit punching. Turpin. 4. Turpin's jab was improving as he stabbed Ray with it more and more as the fight wore on. The commentator had another good line here; he said that Turpin's jab was "like shoving a 2 x 4 out the window." Turpin. 5. Turpin scored with a number of good hooks and jabs, especially the later. A HUGE left hook staggered Ray, and Turpin followed it up with a blistering barrage, and Ray clinched. Turpin DOMINATED Ray. Turpin. 6. Turpin handed Ray quite a beating. Not a horrible one, but Turpin never let up on Ray. Turpin. 7. "Robinson's punches look feeble against Turpin's smashing rights." said the announcer. I would have to agree at this point. Ray however would go on to have a good round here. While backing up he landed a counter left hook that hurt Turpin. And a left-right combo caused Turpin to slip before the bell sounded. Robinson. 8. Ray knocked Turpin off balance with a couple of right uppercuts, and the two traded hard straight hands. Ray's plan was beginning to change. He had adopted a new plan of right-hooking to the body, therefore "eating up the clock". (I took these notes a few weeks ago, so I must confess I don't know what I meant by this last sentence) Robinson. 9. A less decisive round either way. Even. 10. There was a terrific exchange midway through the round. Turpin was starting to tire, but Ray won the exchange on very little superior reserve. Robinson. 11. A left hook by Turpin really set Ray off, and Turpin scored with a lot of lefts and rights, and then the two exchanged brutal body blows. Ray was really going for the kill, but was unable to clinch it. Turpin is just such a slippery fellow. He either takes Ray's shots (which he does with great class) or he ducks under a punch, rather than blocking, parrying, or slipping or rolling it. This was the closest, most actively-fought round of the fight. Even. 12. Turpin was putting his foot back onto the gas pedal once again. However, Ray was learning a thing or two while he had been losing earlier in the fight. In order to better deal with Turpin's unorthodox ducking tactics, Ray was now lowering himself to Turpin's level when Turpin did so. And it had fair success for Ray, who snapped Turpin's head back with straight right hand. Robinson. 13. The announcer said of Turpin: "He looks like he's enjoying a nice summer afternoon on the porch." Turpin. 14. Turpin disregarded Ray's shoulder feints, landing a booming right overhand. Ray found himself retreating in the final moments. Turpin. 15. Mostly a lot of grappling. Robinson. Final score: 8-5-2 for Turpin. Turpin was one of the most unusual fighters I can recall to date, he had so many peculiarities: Rather than moving laterally like most fighters, he moved horizontally. He lunges in order to land blows, rather than positioning before throwing a punch. He would pull away from clinches, then jump right back into them, as if it were accidental almost and he forgot he wasn't supposed to pull out of them. He kept what I thought was an approximately 4-foot gap in between his feet in his natural stance. Because of his unorthodox ducking, he often looked throughout the fight as if he was staggered when he was really just changing/ adjusting his position. Since Turpin was so unusual strategically speaking, I am especially looking forward to people's comments here. I am anxious to know what you guys think of his performance in this fight. Verdict: A darn good fight actually. Not quite one of the best, but a very good one still. The fight was never wanting for action, and was a fascinating battle between two good stylists. As I said at the beginning of the post, the fact that Turpin was 10-1 underdog and beat the odds was such a big upset that I think that's what the fight has become singularly known for, but it is a good fight. You should see it. A couple of other comments I have is that the fight was closer than I expected. Ray really was the better man for the most part from round 8 on, but it was too late. Ray doesn't get the recognition he deserves for largely outbattling Turpin the latter half of this fight. Lastly, Ray was sorely beaten. Turpin beat him undeniably, and it was clear it wasn't luck. Turpin was a weird looking boxer and his fight plan here was made to fit right into all of Ray's weak spots. That's not luck, it's brains. So it only impresses me more that Ray said he had no alibis. Tremendous class had Ray.