Considered one of the greatest boxers of all time. Sugar Ray Robinson was born Walker Smith Jr. on May 3, 1921. Robinson’s birth certificate lists his place of birth as Ailey, Georgia, while the boxer stated in his autobiography that he was born in Detroit, Michigan.
His official amateur career consists of 85 straight wins, 69 wins by knockout, 40 of those knockouts were in the first round.
In 1939 Ray entered and won the golden gloves competition as a featherweight, the year after he entered and won the golden gloves competition again but this time as a lightweight.
Ray turned pro in 1940 and won his first 40 fights. Over his 25-year
career, Robinson won the world welterweight and middleweight crowns and
was dubbed “pound for pound,
By 1958, he had become the first boxer to win a divisional world
championship five times. He finished his career in 1965 with 175
victories. Robinson died in Culver City, California, in 1989.