Sport: Scoreboard, Jun. 20, 1960

¶ Three times before Sugar Ray Robinson had won back his middleweight championship in rematches, but the greatest craftsman of his day was only a floundering 40-year-old as he tried to regain the comic-opera title of New York and Massachusetts from a pug named Paul Pender. After losing a split decision in Boston, even the Sugar seemed to feel he was finished: "I just didn't have what it takes. I didn't do nothing. I lost."

¶ Reviled by home-town sportswriters and nerve weary with defeat, Manager Billy Jurges first was ordered by doctors to take an extended rest, then was fired by...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!