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Robinson suffers first pro defeat

Updated: January 30, 2002, 8:42 AM ET
By Larry Schwartz | Special to ESPN.com

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 160 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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