Robinson suffers first pro defeat
Feb. 5, 1943
Welterweight Sugar Ray Robinson, a 3-1 favorite, suffers the first loss of his career - both pro and amateur - when he's upset by middleweight Jake LaMotta in Detroit.
Late in the eighth round, "The Raging Bull," who at 160½ pounds has a 16-pound advantage, belts Robinson with a right to the body followed by a left to the head that knocks Robinson through the ropes on to the ring apron for a count of nine. Robinson is saved by the bell.
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