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    1951 Sugar Ray Robinson Fighter of the Year Award (LaMotta Fight). Sugar Ray Robinson is considered by most boxing historians to be the greatest fighter who ever lived. During his illustrious career he defeated some of the best fighters to ever enter the ring including, Henry Armstrong, Tommy Bell, Kid Gavilan, Bobo Olson, Gene Fullmer, Carmen Basilio, Randy Turpin and Jake LaMotta. He won world titles as a welterweight and middleweight during a career that spanned twenty five years.

    Perhaps he is best remembered for his historic battles with Jake LaMotta. LaMotta was the first man to defeat Robinson. By 1951 they had already fought five times, with Robinson winning four of the bouts. When LaMotta defeated Marcel Cerdan in 1949 to win the World Middleweight Title it seemed a sixth fight between these two gladiators would be inevitable. It happened on February 14, 1951 in Chicago. LaMotta gave a good account of himself during the early and middle rounds, but the relentless attack of Robinson eventually wore him down. In one of the most famous scenes in boxing history LaMotta is shown standing, bleeding and tired and defeated, in the thirteenth round, a Champion no more after the referee stepped in to stop the action. Robinson would go on to lose the title to Randy Turpin later that year in London, but would regain it in September at the Polo Grounds in New York when he stopped Turpin in ten rounds during their rematch.

    Presented here is the prestigious Ring Magazine Award given to Sugar Ray Robinson as Fighter of The Year for 1951. Robinson's accomplishments in that year are virtually unparalleled. This beautiful award comes in the original case. It is 4.5 inches high and 2.5 inches wide. The perfectly intact three prong award is inscribed, "The Ring Fighter Of The Year Award 1951 Presented To Ray Robinson." The award comes with a detailed letter of authenticity from the son of Sugar Ray Robinson. Heritage is proud to offer this extremely rare and historically important award as a first time offering at public sale. LOA from Craig Hamilton/ JO Sports. LOA from Craig Hamilton/ JO Sports.

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