The Supreme Fight Sensation of All Time! Sugar Ray Robinson vs Randolph Turpin… [opening lines of poster]
In this boxing rematch, Georgian-native Sugar Ray Robinson defeated 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 just two months before. For those who could not witness the fight firsthand, the grudge match could be watched in movie theaters which is the film this poster advertises; the fight narrated by Jimmy Powers, sports editor for the New York Daily News.
According to The Ring magazine Robinson is the greatest pugilist of all time. The Associated Press named him 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.
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]
A large and striking poster of the ultimate fighter 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.