Robinson, Maxim May Meet Again: Ray Not through Fighting; Turpin and La Motta Bouts Also Being Planned for Joe, Daily Racing Form, 1952-06-27


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Robinson, Maxim May Meet Again Ray Not Through Fighting; Turpin and La Motta Bouts Also Being Planned for Joe By BARNEY NAGLER Staff Correspondent NEW YORK, N. Y., June 26.— A three-fight program for light-heavyweight champion Joey Maxim, the luckiest fighter in the world, was projected by the International Boxing Club yesterday as this towns No. 1 heat victim, Sugar Ray Robinson, insisted he was not through with the ring despite his heart-breaking 14th round defeat of the night before. Jim Norris, IBC president, proferred three suggested bouts to the thoroughly deflated 175-pound champion. "He can fight Jake La Motta in Detroit, Randy Turpin in London or Robinson in a return here," Norris said. "This isnt the order I want them, Im just thinking out loud." Robinson would want a return, according to George Gainford, his manager, who relayed the condition of the middleweight champion from Sugar Rays mothers home in the Bronx, where the 160-pound champion took refuge. Robinsons request for a return was received gracefully by Maxim, who turned up at the IBC offices in all his gratuitous splendor. "Robinson fought such a great fight he deserves a return," Maxim said. "But it would have to be under normal conditions and under my terms." Each Receives 00,224.73 The night before Maxim had fought Robinson for a 30-30 split of a 2,615.39 gate, contributed by 47,983 persons. Each came away with 00,224.73, from a net of 34,082.43. There will be more money for both, the IBC has been guaranteed 00,000 from theatre television less New York State taxes. There may be an additional 0,000 from the films of the bout. Maxim came around to the IBC early, at 9:30 a. m. It was as as it should have been. He had fought little the night before. Robinson was beating him clearly — on the cards of the three officials as well as among the press — when the 104-degree heat in the ring victimized Sugar Ray. He couldnt come out for the 14th. A check of the official cards showed that Maxim didnt have a ghost of a chance if the fight had gone its alloted distance of 15 rounds. The judges, Arthur Aidala and Harold Barnes, had Robinson away in front. Adalas card was 9-3-1 to Barnes 10-3. Ruby Goldstein, who refereed through the tenth round, when he fell prey to the heat, had scored it five rounds for Robinson, two for Maxim and three even at that point. Ray Miller, who took over when Goldstein asked for relief, gave the 11th and 12th to Robinson and the 13th to Maxim. Maxim was not embarrassed by his lucky triumph. Instead, he retailed the wholly implausible story that his owner and operator, Jack Kearns, had cautioned him against extending himself. "Take it easy, this guy will fold," Maxim quoted Kearns as saying. The light-heavyweight kingpin insisted he had pleaded with Kearns to be "let out," but that the Old Doctor kept the reins on him. Kearns oracular bent vas positively amazing. Maxim gave support to those denizens of the press row who insisted that Robinson wore himself out holding him in the clinches, in an effort to fend off the body blows. Maxims confession of his destructive nature was not concurred in by Dr. Alexander Schiff, who examined Robinson in his corner as the middleweight champion collapsed at the end of the thirteenth. "I took his pulse," said Dr. Schiff. "It was 180. His body was like a furnace, hot and dry. He couldnt continue. The heat had done a job on him." Gainford insisted he couldnt control Robinson in his corner. "I tried to slow him down," he said, "but for the first time in his career he wouldnt take any instructions." Big George reported that Robinson recalls nothing that happened after the tenth round. "He came back to the corner at the end of the tenth and I asked him how he felt," Gainford said.

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