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After enjoying an incredible amateur boxing career, Sugar Ray Robinson fought professionally from 1940 until 1965 and is often heralded as one of the sport’s best fighters of all-time. In 1990, he was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame. On June 25, 1952, after a fight at Yankee Stadium against Joey Maxim, where in the extreme heat (103°F or 39°C) Robinson collapsed in Round 13 - suffering the only knockout of his career by not answering the bell for the next round - he gave up his title and retired with a record of 131–3–1–1. But he returned to the ring in 1955 before retiring, for good, in 1965, compiling an incredible record of 173–19–6 (2 no contests) with 109 knockouts in 200 professional bouts, ranking him among the all-time leaders in knockouts. Robinson then moved to the West Coast and appeared in several television shows and films. In 1969, he founded the Sugar Ray Robinson Youth Foundation for the inner-city Los Angeles area. He was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and died in Los Angeles on April 12, 1989 at the age of 67.

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