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Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Robinson crowned welterweight champion
By Larry Schwartz
Special to

Dec. 20, 1946

Though Sugar Ray Robinson didn't have the title, he was regarded as the "uncrowned" champion for the past several years. Tonight at Madison Square Garden, before a crowd that includes Joe Louis, Jack Dempsey and Gene Tunney, Robinson is crowned welterweight champion.

With the title recently vacated by Marty Servo, the 5-1 favorite Robinson pounds out a unanimous decision over Tommy Bell. But Robinson has to survive a scare in the second round when Bell knocks him to the canvas with a solid left hook. Robinson dominates the final five rounds, knocking Bell down in the 11th with a sharp right cross as he improves his record to 74-1-1.

Robinson celebrates the coronation on opening night at his Harlem pub.

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