Boxing Defense: 1950’s (Robinson, Turpin, Gavilan, Bratton, Moore)


A short compilation of defensive boxing from some of the great 1950’s fighters.

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Sugar Ray Robinson – Was an American professional boxer. Frequently cited as the greatest boxer of all time, Robinson’s performances in the welterweight and middleweight divisions prompted sportswriters to create “pound for pound” rankings, where they compared fighters regardless of weight. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990.

Randy Turpin – Was an English boxer who was considered by some to be Europe’s best middleweight boxer of the 1940s and 1950s. In 1951 he became world middleweight champion when he defeated Sugar Ray Robinson. Turpin was inducted into the International Boxing Hall Of Fame in 2001.

Kid Gavilan – Was a former World Welterweight Champion from Camagüey, Cuba. In 1951, after beating Tommy Ciarlo twice, once in Caracas, Venezuela, and Hairston once again, he finally became a world champion when he beat Johnny Bratton for the world Welterweight title by a decision in 15 on May 18.

Johnny Bratton – Was an American professional boxer in the welterweight (147lb) division. He fought many of the best fighters of his era in the division, earning nearly $400,000 in 83 fights, but ended up penniless and mentally impaired.

Archie Moore – Was an American professional boxer and the longest reigning World Light Heavyweight Champion of all time (December 1952 – May 1962). He had one of the longest professional careers in the history of the sport. Nicknamed “The Mongoose”, and then “The Old Mongoose” in the latter half of his career, Moore holds the record for the most career knockouts (131) in boxing history.


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