On this day - July 10, 1951– Turpin stuns Sugar Ray to win middleweight title

Sport360 staff 13:14 10/07/2016
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Stunner: Turpin.

It was British boxer Randolph Turpin’s last fight of the 1951 European tour in which he’d won six non-title bouts. But the clash for the world middleweight title against Sugar Ray Robinson on this day 65 years ago was serious business.

Sugar Ray was a living legend, unbeaten in 91 fights since 1943; he could be forgiven for taking the bout lightly. While Turpin didn’t have a knockout punch, he had good strength and kept Sugar Ray on a tight leash.

Turpin simply outlasted the legend and won the last two rounds to clinch the fight by a clear points margin.

Turpin thus became the first British boxer in 60 years to win the world middleweight title.

Here’s some other memorable events that happened on this day:

1994: Damon Hill wins his first British Grand Prix, something his two-time world champion father Graham never managed.

2012: South Africa wicketkeeper Mark Boucher retires from international cricket after sustaining a severe eye injury during a tour match against Somerset the day before.

2015: Mark Cavendish wins stage seven of the Tour de France, his 26th career stage win in all.

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