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"Rhythm" Ray Robinson

"Sugar" Ray Robinson, born Walker Smith, got his start in boxing at age 15 when he borrowed a birth certificate from his 18 year old friend and from that point on he was Ray Robinson. His career spanned 30 years with 85 amateur wins and no losses and a pro record of 173 -19 - 6 with 108 KOs. He picked up the "Sugar" nickname during an amateur bout.

Robinson was so good they had to create the term "pound for pound" so he could be appropriately ranked as the best fighter in the world. Still he conquered 5 weight classes during his career and remains amongst the greatest of all time.

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Posted on August 18, 2014 .

Remembering Sparring in the Beginning

When I first started sparring, I think I cried darn near every time I sparred for about my first month and intermittently for my first year. I’d be in the ring, getting in my sparring rounds and right after, damned if the tears didn’t start coming. I’d toss off my headgear, run for my gym bag and blaze the hell out of the gym trying not to be seen. I felt humiliated, as if crying only happened to me and that I was some sort of baby in the eyes of others. A weakling.

The worst part was that I didn’t even know why the tears would come. As I was headed home I couldn’t even determine what brought on the tears. Sometimes nothing monumental would happen. I didn’t even have to take a big punch and the tears would overcome me like a bad dream.

Posted on August 11, 2014 and filed under Fight Philosophy.