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This Day in Buffalo Sports History: Pound for pound, the best

     February 15, 1949 - The phrase has become a cliche over the years - the best pound-for-pound boxer in the history of the sport. It was applied to Sugar Ray Robinson, and it remains in force to this day - more than a half-century after his prime.

     Most people in Western New York don't remember that Ray Robinson fought in Buffalo's Memorial Auditorium - twice. Not only that, but he didn't win here in this particular bout. And that was quite unusual.

     Robinson came to town as the welterweight champion of the world, sporting a 90-1-1 record in his career. Think about that - 90-1-1. His opponent in the nontitle bout was Henry Brimm, his opponent for a March 16, 1948 fight in the Aud. Robinson won a unanimous decision in that bout, but this time the two men fought to a draw over 10 rounds.

     Sugar Ray might have been a little tired. He fought Young Gene Buffalo -- honest! - in Wilkes Barre, Penn., only five days before his Buffalo bout. Robinson won that fight with a first-round knockout.

     Sugar Ray won every fight after that until 1951, when Randy Turpin beat him in London. Sugar Ray finished with a 173-19-6 record when he finally retired in 1965.

---Budd Bailey


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Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey has served in a variety of roles in Buffalo sports in the past 35 years, including reporter, talk-show host, baseball announcer, public relations staffer and author. He covers the Bandits and running for The News when not working as an editor.