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Sugar Ray Robinson vs. The Black Murderers' Row

Discussion in 'Classic Boxing Forum' started by bman100, Jul 19, 2010.



  1. bman100

    bman100 Well-Known Member Full Member

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    Out of the Black Murderers' Row some of which Robinson should have fought at his peak and blatantly ducked, what would the outcome of each fight. With Ray at welterweight peak 147lbs, who would win out of:

    Charley Burley (Who Ray ducked and of whom Ray said the famous line "I'm too pretty to fight Burley, had the fight taken place in 1942, what would the outcome be?)

    Holman Williams (not sure if they ever had an agreement to fight but it would be a very ineresting bout nontheless, who takes it?)

    Jack Chase (by the time Sugar was on the scene this man was a middleweight, still Robinson fought middleweight Lamotta while a welter himself)

    Lloyd Marshell (also a middleweight, Burley who fought him said it was his roughest fight who takes it)

    Cocoa Kid (who dropped a peak sugar ray during a sparring session, this was when Cocoa was himself over the hill and inactive at 36. Robbie used him as a aparring partner in the late 40s. Sugar was supposed to meet him in the ring when still active but bolted at the last minute.)

    Bert Lytell (a middleweight contender, there was no obligation for sugar to fight him, il admit i just added this one out of curiosity.)

    Tiger Wade (a another who sugar used in the late 40s as a sparring partner, semi-retired, He seperated Robinson's sixth and seventh ribs in a spar, this was when he was old! Robinson actually fought him when he was a faded old man and was KOd by a similar shot to the ribs, before that was he was on the floor 5 times in 3 rounds, the fight was in 1950, but what it he was at his peak, would would the outcome of the fight be were they both in their prime.)

    Thats it, so how would these fights go?
     
  2. GPater11093

    GPater11093 Barry Full Member

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    They all have the potential to beat Robinson and also lose to him. I think generally Robinson beats all of them most of the time with Burley, Marshall, Williams and Cocoa Kid being the hardest bouts.
     
  3. ripcity

    ripcity Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    ^^
    This is a big reason why I often question Ray Robinson's status as the best ever.
    That's 6 or 7 guys he could have and should have fought. Robinson's skills and talents speak for themselves but his resume has holes.
     
  4. GPater11093

    GPater11093 Barry Full Member

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    ripcity, I dont think he should have fought any of them. Most of them were past prime and campaigning at Middleweight as Robinson came to light as a small Welterweight. Most, if not all of them, were past prime and heavier than Robinson and some had even ceased to be a valid contender to fight Robinson.

    The only fighter here I think has a legitimate arguemt for being ducked by Robinson, is Burley. The two should have met for the Vacant crown or met in an eliminater for it at least. After Robinson won the Welterweight crown, Burley was campaigning solely at Middleweight.

    I think Robinson really came to prominence when the Murderer's Row was on the way out, and he can not be accused of having ducked the whole row as you have implied. I would very much like to hear when you propose Ray should have met some of these fighters.
     
  5. El Bujia

    El Bujia Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    Ripcity has no idea what he's talking about on any topic. You do, however. I was on my way to typing a response to him before you pretty much covered the bases here. Good post.
     
  6. GPater11093

    GPater11093 Barry Full Member

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    Why thank you.

    I think if anyone ducked the 'Black Murderer's' it would be Zale.
     
  7. SLAKKA

    SLAKKA Boxing Addict Full Member

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    According to messers fritzie zivic and beau jack, charlie burley wouldn't be a problem for srr
     
  8. GPater11093

    GPater11093 Barry Full Member

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    Perhaps so, but Burley was very highly regarded by other observers of the time and definitly was an equal of SRR according to some like Eddie Futch.
     
  9. techks

    techks ATG list Killah! Full Member

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    There really should be a long documentary on The Black Murderer's Row I would love to see it. Like GPater said, the only one Ray really ducked was Burley.
     
  10. teeto

    teeto Boxing Junkie booted

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    No, his resume is outstanding by any criteria set, you can't judge a fighter on speculation, nut only on what they actually did, and Robinson did plenty. It would have been nice if he would have fought some of the row, but as it stands we can only judge him on his actual resume, which is glittering.

    His resume has holes? People shouldn;t talk if they don't know,
     
  11. PowerPuncher

    PowerPuncher Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    'Why would I fight Charles Burley when I can fight Zivic 5 times instead' - Jake Lamotta

    Wasn't Burley willing to come down to 147 to fight Robinson? Someone here posted Robinson was offered career high money to fight Burley at some stage
     
  12. Mendoza

    Mendoza Dominating a decade Full Member

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    Sugar Ray hardly faced any black talent at all as champion. On film, Sugar Ray has fantastic skills. But I think his style and attack meant he was open to be hit a bit more than most pound for pound top talents.

    A very good counter puncher, or a very good body puncher could in theory take advantage of his preferred method of boxing.
     
  13. teeto

    teeto Boxing Junkie booted

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    He was going to do the fight for free at one point wasn;t he? Sure i read that, if someone could clarify though it would be good.
     
  14. PowerPuncher

    PowerPuncher Boxing Junkie Full Member

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    Robinson was due to fight against a TBA opponent, found it was Cocoa Kid, told them he wasn't fighting. He wanted more money for such a fight. Not exactly a duck
     
  15. teeto

    teeto Boxing Junkie booted

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    Counter-punching means **** against Robinson imo, i respect your opinion, but i think it's wrong.