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October in New York State Boxing History

On October 2, 1942, the great Sugar Ray Robinson scored a 10-round unanimous decision over the “Bronx Bull” Jake LaMotta at New York’s Madison Square Garden. This would be the first of a total of six matches between the two over their careers in what some call one of the fiercest rivalries in the history of the sport.

LaMotta was born in The Bronx, NY and was the subject of a critically acclaimed motion picture based on his life called “Raging Bull.” ¬†Although Robinson won five of out of their six matches, most were close contests that usually went the distance.

LaMotta finished his career with a record of 93 wins (30 by KO), nine losses and four draws. He fought a total of 47 times in his home state of New York, mostly within the five boroughs. Robinson fought in New York a total of 41 times, and on top of Madison Square Garden, fought throughout the state in locales such as Albany, Buffalo, Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, the Polo Grounds in Manhattan and more.

On October 21, 1965, Nigerian-born Dick Tiger defeated Brooklyn-born Joey Giardello at Madison Square Garden via a 15-round unanimous to win the WBA and WBC World Middleweight Title.  Tiger finished his career with 60 wins (27 by KO), 19 defeats and three draws and fought a total of 19 times in the Empire State. After his retirement, he went on to make New York home.