October 2014

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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 4, 1940, Sugar Ray Robinson, one-time New York State resident and hailed by many in the boxing community as the greatest pound-for-pound boxer of all time, made his professional debut at Madison Square Garden, knocking out Joe Echevarria in the second round. Robinson fought an astonishing 42 times in New York State during his career and finished with an overall record of 173 wins (108 by KO), 19 losses, six draws and two no contests.

On October 8, 1999, Laila Ali, daughter of "The Greatest," Muhammad Ali, made her professional boxing debut at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, NY, with a first-round knockout of April Fowler. Ali finished her career undefeated at 24-0, winning the IBA, WIBA and IWBF Super Middleweight titles. She fought a total of four times in the Empire State.

On October 17, 2015, IBO, WBC and WBA Middleweight Champion Gennady "Triple G" Golovkin faced off against IBF Middleweight Champion David Lemieux in a unification match at Madison Square Garden. Golovjkin scored an 8th-round TKO to unify the belts and keep his unbeaten record intact. {Insert attached picture to this item).

On October 17, 2015, at Madison Square Garden, WBC World Flyweight Champion Roman Gonzalez scored a ninth-round TKO to retain his title and remain undefeated. .

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.

On October 26, 1951, Joe "The Brown Bomber" Louis fought for the final time in his illustrious career, losing to future Heavyweight Champion Rocky Marciano via an eighth-round knockout at Madison Square Garden. Louis is regarded as one of the all-time greats in the sport and finished his career that evening with a record of 66 wins (52 by KO), three losses and one no contest.