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Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Robinson suffers first pro defeat
By Larry Schwartz
Special to ESPN.com


Feb. 5, 1943

Welterweight Sugar Ray Robinson, a 3-1 favorite, suffers the first loss of his career - both pro and amateur - when he's upset by middleweight Jake LaMotta in Detroit.

Late in the eighth round, "The Raging Bull," who at 160 pounds has a 16-pound advantage, belts Robinson with a right to the body followed by a left to the head that knocks Robinson through the ropes on to the ring apron for a count of nine. Robinson is saved by the bell.

At the end of the 10th - and final - round, LaMotta hurts Robinson again, backing him into a corner and pounding away. LaMotta, just up from the preliminary ranks, wins a unanimous decision, avenging the setback he suffered to Robinson four months ago.

Robinson had been 85-0 as an amateur and 40-0 as a pro.

They will fight four more times, and Robinson will win each bout.





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