Sport: New Champion

Like Sugar Ray Robinson, Chicago's Johnny Bratton is fond of flashy clothes and cars, can handle a hot lick on the drums, and boxes with a fancy-Dan prance. When Sugar Ray graduated to the middleweight title by out-punching Jake LaMotta (TIME, Feb. 26), Bratton decided to apply for Sugar's vacant welterweight title. In Chicago's Stadium last week, 23-year-old Johnny put up a fight for it.* His opponent: New Jersey's Charley Fusari, 25, who has the distinction of once having stayed in the same ring with Sugar Ray Robinson for 15 rounds.

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