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Little Big Men: Sugar Ray Robinson

Originally Published: October 10, 2006
By Bert Randolph Sugar | Boxing Historian

Any and all descriptions implying greatness can be applied to the man born Walker Smith in Detroit on May 3, 1921, but the one appellation that stuck was first uttered by writer Jack Case, who, witnessing for the first time a young lanky boxer fighting for the Salem Crescent Gym in New York, remarked to the manager of the team, George Gainford, "That's a sweet fighter you've got there."

"Sweet as Sugar," replied Gainford for posterity. And so it was that "Sugar" Ray Robinson was ...

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