Biography of Walker Smith (1920-1989)

American boxer who was born in Detroit, Michigan, United States, on May 3, 1920. His real name was Walker Smith, and adopted his nom de guerre when he used a friend, Ray Robinson, boxing license to fight in his first Amateur Championship.

In 1940, he made six bouts, and those won twenty in 1941 and other so many wins and fourteen, also victories, in 1942. In 1943 he faced Jake La Motta in Detroit and this beat you although after Ray Sugar did nothing less than ninety-nine consecutive bouts without recognizing defeat, until the 20 December 1946 proclaimed the welterweight world champion, by defeating Tommy Bell by points, in New York.

On 24 June the same year, he defeated Jimmy Doyle and punching him such punishment, who died shortly after. He then defended his title victoriously against Chuck Taylor, Bernard Docusen, Kid Gavilan and Charley Fusari, and traveled to Europe, performing engagements in London, Paris, Geneva and Franckfort, which accounted for other so many triumphs.

In 1951 he defeated Jake La Motta, he snatched the world title of the weights means, which lost in Berlin against Gerhard Hecht by disqualification in the second round, but the referee's decision was overturned by unfair. Robinson continued to be world champion, but lost the title in London to Radolph Turpin, to recover it before the same Boxer a month later in New York. Later, he defended his title against Carl Bobo Olson and Rocky Graziano, and treatment also conquer the world title of the AV medium before Joey Maxim, unsuccessfully.

Ray retired from boxing on December 18, 1952, but returned in 1954 with a match where he defeated Gene Burton, in Ontario. He regained the title world's middleweights defeating Gene Fullmer and victoriously defended it before Carmen Basilio.

Robinson finally lost the world title of the middleweights to Paul Pender; He then made ten bouts, losing them all, and on 10 December 1965 retired from boxing. He settled in los Angeles and devoted himself to directing the Foundation for youth, established with the money earned with boxing.

He died on April 12, 1989, at the medical center of Brotman, in Culver City. He suffered from diabetes and Alzheimer's disease.