Jim Robinson (boxer)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search

"Sweet Jimmy" Jim Robinson (born 1925) is a retired American boxer from Miami. Robinson fought Muhammad Ali in Miami Beach on Feb. 7, 1961 as a last-minute replacement for Willie Gullatt. Robinson became Ali's fourth professional opponent. His whereabouts and status are currently unknown.

Background[edit]

Originally from Kansas City, Missouri,[1] Robinson was a middleweight boxer who fought up to heavyweight. He was managed by Clyde Killens, a local pool hall owner. He was often used as a last minute sub on Chris Dundee promotions in Miami-Dade County and was often used as a stepping-stone for upcoming South Florida prospects.

He trained at the famed 5th Street Gym, but lived in the Overtown section of Miami known as Liberty City.

Bout with Ali[edit]

On February 7, 1961, Muhammad Ali, then known as Cassius Clay, was scheduled to fight Willie Gullatt in Miami Beach. According to Gullatt, promoter Chris Dundee, Angelo Dundee's brother, offered Ali $800 and offered Gullatt only $300 for the fight. Gullatt refused, and didn't show up, instead opting to go out drinking. Dundee then enlisted Robinson to fight Ali. Robinson showed up at Miami Beach Convention Hall with his gear in an old army bag. Ali officially outweighed him by 16.5 pounds and won by knockout at 1:34 of the first round.

Robinson fought for seven more years while compiling a record of 8 wins and 25 losses. He was knocked out 16 times. He retired from boxing in 1963, and he became a fixture in local pool halls and street corners in Liberty City. In 1968 he came out of retirement to fight Kent Green in Miami Beach. At that time Green was the only fighter to have a TKO win over Muhammad Ali (when Ali was an amateur). Green stopped Robinson in under a minute.

Whereabouts unknown[edit]

In 1979 Sports Illustrated writer/photographer Michael Brennan tracked down Robinson in Miami for what has been his last known interview to date.[2] Robinson claimed that he only weighed 158 lbs. for his fight with Ali (not 178 as was officially listed). He also stated that he was good friends with Ali and would drive him around in Ali's pink Cadillac. He last saw Ali in 1967.

Currently Robinson's whereabouts are unknown. In 2009, ESPN sports writer Wright Thompson wrote an article about his six-year attempt to find Robinson in the Overtown district of Miami with no success. Muhammad Ali collector Stephen Singer has spent a number of years searching for Robinson, collecting autographs of 49 of Ali's 50 opponents, with Robinson being the lone omission.[3]

Professional boxing record[edit]

8 Wins (3 knockouts, 5 decisions), 25 Losses (16 knockouts, 9 decisions)[4]
Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Loss 9-1 United States Kent Green TKO 1 31/10/1968 United States Miami
Loss 11-13-2 The Bahamas Richie Smith PTS 6 07/05/1964 United States Little River Auditorium, Miami
Loss 8-7-1 United States Ray Lavarro PTS 6 05/05/1964 United States North Dade Arena, Opa-locka, Florida
Loss 2-9 United States Willie "The Invader" Johnson KO 3 09/04/1964 United States Little River Auditorium, Miami
Loss 8-1-2 United States Eddie Agin KO 3 14/10/1963 United States Key West, Florida
Loss 0-1-2 United States Vince Hepburn KO 2 21/03/1963 United States Little River Auditorium, Miami
Loss 5-1-1 United States Jack Gilbert PTS 4 25/02/1963 United States North Miami Beach Auditorium, North Miami Beach, Florida
Loss 27-36-2 United States Andy Mayfield TKO 4 24/01/1963 United States Little River Auditorium, Miami
Loss 6-2-1 United States Ray Lavarro UD 6 10/01/1963 United States Little River Auditorium, Miami
Loss 6-1-3 The Bahamas Bobo Reckley KO 5 19/11/1962 United States Miami
Loss 5-1-3 The Bahamas Bobo Reckley KO 4 08/11/1962 United States Little River Auditorium, Miami
Loss 1-1-1 The Bahamas Junior Grant SD 6 14/06/1962 United States Little River Auditorium, Miami
Win 4-0 United States Gene Wells PTS 6 28/04/1962 United States Miami Beach Auditorium, Miami Beach, Florida
Loss 7-1-1 United States Frank Patterson TKO 4 29/03/1962 United States Little River Auditorium, Miami
Loss 6-1-1 United States Frank Patterson PTS 4 17/03/1962 United States Miami Beach Auditorium, Miami Beach, Florida
Loss 5-0 United States Roger Whitley KO 2 28/02/1962 United States Miami Beach Auditorium, Miami Beach, Florida
Loss 11-3 United States Herb Siler TKO 5 08/02/1962 United States Little River Auditorium, Miami
Loss 3-19-1 United States Jim Tillman PTS 4 11/01/1962 United States Little River Auditorium, Miami
Loss 1-1 United States Jim McNeil PTS 6 13/11/1961 United States Little River Auditorium, Miami
Win 0-2 Tommy Lee PTS 6 06/11/1961 United States Little River Auditorium, Miami
Win -- Tom Cox KO 1 17/10/1961 United States Cutler Ridge, Miami
Win 0-6-1 United States Tiger Lee Flowers PTS 4 09/10/1961 United States Sir John Club, Miami
Win 3-13-1 United States Jim Tillman SD 6 25/09/1961 United States Sir John Club, Miami
Loss 4-3-1 United States Al Owens KO 5 18/09/1961 United States Sir John Club, Miami
Win -- Ted Jones KO 3 11/09/1961 United States Sir John Club, Miami Jones knocked out at 1:50 of the third round.
Win 1-4 United States Willie "The Invader" Johnson UD 6 07/09/1961 United States Little River Auditorium, Miami
Loss 4-6-2 United States Joe Moss TKO 5 17/07/1961 United States Sir John Club, Miami
Loss 65-11-3 The Bahamas Yama Bahama KO 6 02/06/1961 The Bahamas Nassau, Bahamas
Loss 11-5-2 United States Claude Williams KO 1 14/04/1961 United States Winter Haven, Florida
Loss 3-0 United States Cassius Clay KO 1 07/02/1961 United States Miami Beach Auditorium, Miami Beach, Florida Jim knocked out at 1:34 of the first round.
Loss 2-0 United States Al Owens PTS 4 08/11/1960 United States North Miami, Florida
Loss 18-3-3 Jamaica Allan Harmon KO 3 13/10/1960 United States Key West, Florida
Win -- Willie Johnson TKO 3 13/06/1960 United States Palace Arena, Miami

References[edit]

Further reading[edit]

External links[edit]