Saturday, February 3, 2001
Updated: January 30, 8:42 AM ET
Robinson suffers first pro defeat
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 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.
At the end of the 10th - and final - round, LaMotta hurts Robinson again, backing him into a corner and pounding away. LaMotta, just up from the preliminary ranks, wins a unanimous decision, avenging the setback he suffered to Robinson four months ago.
Robinson had been 85-0 as an amateur and 40-0 as a pro.
They will fight four more times, and Robinson will win each bout.