- NAME: Sugar Ray Robinson
- OCCUPATION: Boxer
- BIRTH DATE: May 03, 1921
- DEATH DATE: April 12, 1989
- Did You Know?: As a boy growing up in Detroit, Sugar Ray Robinson was neighbors with heavyweight champion Joe Louis.
- Did You Know?: Sugar Ray Robinson held the world welterweight title from 1946 to 1951, and by 1958, he had become the first boxer to win a divisional world championship five times.
- Did You Know?: Sugar Ray Robinson's birth name was Walker Smith Jr. He became known as Sugar Ray Robinson as an under-aged boxer, after using a fellow boxer's Amateur Athletic Union card to fight in a show.
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Detroit, Michigan
- PLACE OF DEATH: Culver City, California
- Full Name: Walker Smith Jr.
- AKA: Walker Smith
- Nickname: Sugar Ray Robinson
- Nickname: Sugar
- AKA: Ray Robinson
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Considered one of the greatest boxers of all time, Sugar Ray Robinson held the world welterweight title from 1946 to 1951, and by 1958, he had become the first boxer to win a divisional world championship five times.
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Muhammad Ali liked to call Robinson "the king, the master, my idol." Robinson inspired Ali's famous matador style, which he used to defeat Sonny Liston for the heavyweight title in 1964. In 1984 The Ring magazine placed Robinson No. 1 in its book "The 100 Greatest Boxers of All Time."
Outside of the ring, Robinson relished his celebrity,
parading around Harlem with a pink Cadillac and making appearances at his high-profile Harlem nightclub. Wherever he went, he brought a large entourage of trainers, women and family members. Robinson, who was unapologetic for his lavish spending, is estimated to have earned more than $4 million as a fighter, all of which he burned through, forcing him to continue boxing much longer than he should have.
Robinson finally retired from the sport for good in 1965. Two years later, he was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
In his later years, Robinson worked in show business, even doing some television acting. The work greatly helped salvage his finances and was the reason he eventually settled in Southern California with his second wife, Millie. Robinson, who had a son from a previous marriage, helped raise Millie's two children.
In his last years Robinson battled Alzheimer's disease and diabetes. He died at the Brotman Medical Center in Culver City, California, on April 12, 1989.
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