Many boxing experts consider Sugar Ray Robinson the greatest fighter ever. Turning professional in 1940, he proceeded to dominate his sport for nearly a quarter of a century as a welterweight and middleweight champion.

Five times he captured the world middleweight title and upon leaving the sport his record was 175-19-6.

In retirement, Robinson devoted his considerable energies to the Sugar Ray Robinson Youth Foundation in Los Angeles and its efforts to provide sports and athletic alternatives to inner-city kids.

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