The Supreme Fight Sensation of All Time! Sugar Ray Robinson vs Randolph Turpin… [opening lines of poster]
“To be a champ you have to believe in yourself when no one else will.” —Sugar Ray Robinson
A Georgia native, Walker Smith Jr. (1921 –1989) a.k.a. Sugar Ray Robinson is regarded by some authorities as the greatest boxer of all time. Outside of the ring, Robinson was one of the first African Americans to gain stardom as a celebrity becoming a fixture of New York’s 1940s and 1950s social scene, “his presence extended beyond his boxing skills to showmanship, class, and grace.” (AAL)
This movie poster advertises a film of the boxing-rematch between Robinson and England’s Randy Turpin a.k.a. “The Leamington Licker” on September 12, 1951 at the Polo Grounds in New York City. Turpin had beaten Robinson two months before. In this grudge match movie audiences watched Robinson beat Turpin as Jimmy Powers, the New York Daily News sports editor, narrated the film.
The Associated Press has named Sugar Ray Robinson the fighter of the century, just ahead of Muhammad Ali. Upon his retirement in 1965, in front of thousands at Madison Square Garden, and to a standing ovation, Robinson was lifted into the air by four of his key former competitors, Turpin being one of these men.
A large and striking poster of one of the ultimate fighters of the 20th century.
Description: The Supreme Fight Sensation of All Time! Sugar Ray Robinson vs Randolph Turpin… [opening lines of poster]
[America. 1951]. Illustrated Poster. 41 x 27 inches. Printed in blue and red. Fold lines, numerous inexpert tape mends to verso, otherwise very good.