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Being Sugar Ray: Sugar Ray Robinson, America's Greatest Boxer and First Celebrity Athlete

Being Sugar Ray: Sugar Ray Robinson, America's Greatest Boxer and First Celebrity Athlete - 07 edition

ISBN13: 978-0465078042

Cover of Being Sugar Ray: Sugar Ray Robinson, America
ISBN13: 978-0465078042
ISBN10: 0465078044 Edition: 07
Copyright: 2007
Publisher: Basic Books, Inc.
Published: 2007
International: No

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Being Sugar Ray: Sugar Ray Robinson, America's Greatest Boxer and First Celebrity Athlete - 07 edition

ISBN13: 978-0465078042

Kenneth L. Shropshire

ISBN13: 978-0465078042
ISBN10: 0465078044 Edition: 07
Copyright: 2007
Publisher: Basic Books, Inc.
Published: 2007
International: No
Summary

Muhammad Ali memorably referred to Sugar Ray Robinson as ''the king, the master, my idol,'' and rarely a fight fan has chosen to argue too much with those words. With a career spanning three decades, multiple championships, over two hundred fights (without once taking a 10-count), and more victories than Joe Louis and Ali combined it was no surprise whenRINGmagazine named Robinson ''pound for pound, the best boxer of all time.'' InBeing Sugar Ray, acclaimed scholar Kenneth Shropshire contends that Sugar Ray Robinson's influence extends far beyond the ring. It was Robinson who introduced America to the athlete as entrepreneur and celebrity. From his business empire to his prized flamingo pink Cadillac, described as the Hope Diamond of Harlem, Sugar Ray was the trailblazer whom every athlete since has been trying, consciously or otherwise, to emulate.

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