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Sugar Ray Robinson

Sugar Ray Robinson (Boxing.  Born, Detroit, MI, May 3, 1920; died, Culver City, CA, Apr. 12, 1989.)  Born Walker Smith, Jr., Sugar Ray Robinson became perhaps the most famous of all non-heavyweight champions with his handsome looks and his flashy style both in and out of the ring.  He was the welterweight champion once and […]

Billy Graham

Billy Graham (Boxing.  Born, New York, NY, Sept. 9, 1922; died, West Islip, NY, Jan. 22, 1992.)  An incorruptible fighter with above-average skills, William P. Graham, Jr., was a basic welterweight who fought numerous champions but never won a title.  Graham campaigned for nearly 15 years (1941-55) as a professional boxer and faced such champions […]

Robert Christenberry

Robert Christenberry (Boxing.  Born, Huntington, TN, Jan. 27, 1899; died, New York, NY, Apr. 14, 1973.)  During his four years as chairman of the New York State Athletic Commission, Robert Keaton Christenberry became embroiled in several controversies.  Christenberry succeeded Col. Edward P.F. Eagen Sept. 25, 1951.  Carmen Basilio won a 10-round decision over Michigan’s Chuck […]

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