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UPI Almanac for Friday, May 3, 2013.
By United Press International
Roster of notable sports deaths

Roster of notable sports deaths

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- The roster of 2012 deaths among sports figures included iconic coaches, Hall of Fame players, troubled stars and pioneers who broke ground in labor relations and auto racing safety.
PAT NASON, United Press International

Boxing champ Carmen Basilio dead at 85

ROCHESTER, N.Y., Nov. 8 (UPI) -- Carmen Basilio, who beat Sugar Ray Robinson for boxing's middleweight title, has died in Rochester, N.Y., the International Boxing Hall of Fame said. He was 85.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Thursday, May 3, 2012.
By United Press International

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Sunday, May 3, 2009.
By United Press International

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Saturday, May 3, 2008.
By United Press International

The Almanac

UPI almanac for Thursday, May 3, 2007.
By United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Wednesday, May 3, the 123rd day of 2006 with 242 to follow.
By United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Tuesday, May 3, the 123rd day of 2005 with 242 to follow.
By United Press International

Brooklyn salutes native son Basquiat

NEW YORK, March 28 (UPI) -- Painter Jean-Michel Basquiat may have died young in 1988 but his art lives on, bringing top prices for 1980s art at auction and receiving the accolade of a retrospective exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum as the prelude to a national tour.
FREDERICK M. WINSHIP

The Almanac

Today is Monday, May 3, the 124th day of 2004 with 242 to follow.
By United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Saturday, May 3, the 123rd day of 2003 with 242 to follow.
By United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Friday, May 3, the 123rd day of 2002 with 242 to follow. The moon is waning, moving toward its last quarter. There are no morning stars.
By United Press International
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Sugar Ray Robinson (born Walker Smith Jr., May 3, 1921 – April 12, 1989) was a professional boxer. Frequently cited as the greatest boxer of all time, Robinson's performances in the welterweight and middleweight divisions prompted sportswriters to create "pound for pound" rankings, where they compared fighters regardless of weight. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990. Robinson was 85-0 as an amateur with 69 of those victories coming by way of knockout, 40 in the first round. He turned professional in 1940 at the age of 19 and by 1951 had a professional record of 128-1-2 with 84 knockouts. Robinson held the world welterweight title from 1946 to 1951, and won the world middleweight title in the latter year. He retired in 1952, only to come back two and a half years later and regain the middleweight title in 1955. He then became the first boxer in history to win a divisional world championship five times, a feat he accomplished by defeating Carmen Basilio in 1958 to regain the middleweight championship. Robinson was named "fighter of the year" twice: first for his performances in 1942, then nine years and over 90 fights later, for his efforts in 1951. He defeated other Hall of Fame fighters such as Jake LaMotta, Carmen Basilio, Gene Fullmer, Carl 'Bobo' Olson, Henry Armstrong, Rocky Graziano and Kid Gavilan. Robinson engaged in 200 pro bouts, and his professional career lasted nearly 26 years.

Robinson was a fluid boxer who possessed power in both hands and a fast jab. In 1951 TIME said "Robinson's repertoire, thrown with equal speed and power by either hand, includes every standard punch from a bolo to a hook—and a few he makes up on the spur of the moment." Robinson stated that once a fighter gained a certain amount of skill their boxing technique became reflexive.

Robinson was named the greatest fighter of the 20th century by the Associated Press, and the greatest boxer in history by ESPN.com in 2007. The Ring magazine rated him the best "pound for pound" boxer of all-time in 1997, and its "Fighter of the Decade" for the 1950s. Muhammad Ali, who repeatedly called himself "The Greatest" throughout his career, ranked Robinson as the greatest boxer of all time. Other Hall of Fame boxers such as Joe Louis and Sugar Ray Leonard said the same.

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