Sport: By a Nose

"Sugar" Ray Robinson is a miniature Joe Louis: nobody wants to fight him either. The big difference between Sugar Ray and Joe—besides 60 pounds—is that Joe is a champ. But last week, Sugar Ray, the hard-luck guy of boxing, was all set to get a champion's chance.

Sportswriters had been calling Sugar Ray the uncrowned world welterweight champ for so long that the phrase came out of their typewriters automatically. But through the war years, an amiable, not too able fighter named Red Cochrane had the title frozen. When it came time to defend...

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