On this day in 1943, arguably the greatest boxer of all time “Sugar” Ray Robinson suffers his first loss to Jake LaMotta in the second of what eventually becomes six total fights. This fight took place in front of 18,930 at Olympia Stadium in Detroit, Michigan with Robinson as a 3-1 favorite. Robinson was knocked through the ropes in the eighth round. The International News Service (INS) reported: “A right to the body and a left to the head knocked Robinson through the ropes in the eighth round. Robinson lay sprawling outside the ring from a hard right to the body and a left to the head and the count was nine when the bell rang, saving the negro lad from a knockout.”
Jake LaMotta went on to halt Robinson’s win streak at 130 with a unanimous decision win after 10 rounds. In what became an iconic photo, you can see below the punch that put Robinson through the ropes by LaMotta.