On This Day in 1951 Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre – 67 years ago welterweight champ Sugar Ray Robinson 121-1-2 stopped middleweight champ Jake LaMotta 78-14-3 in the 13th round to claim his second world title. The fight known as the “Saint Valentine’s Massacre” was the 6th and final time Robinson and LaMotta fought with Sugar Ray owning the series 5-1. However, LaMotta was the first and only fighter to have defeated Robinson at the time. Their middleweight title bout was even through the first 8 rounds, then Robinson took over and was shellacking Jake when it was waved off although he never dropped LaMotta.
Who better than our veteran analyst Frank Lotierzo to take a look back at one of boxing’s truly historic fights.
The great Sugar Ray Robinson won the world middleweight title on that day and one of the reasons that many call him “The Greatest of all Time” is that he went on to log more than 80 fights after this. As for LaMotta, he carved out a Hall of Fame career but he only went 5-4-1 after the February 14th meeting with Robinson. With that said, we will let Frank take it from here. Enjoy!
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