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Famous Freemason - Walker Smith Jr.

Updated: Apr 12, 2022

"Rhythm is everything in boxing. Every move you make starts with your heart, and that's in rhythm or you're in trouble."

Better known as Sugar Ray Robinson Bro. Robinson was was known as “the best boxer in the world,” he began boxing as a teen in Harlem. He was a natural talent in the ring and soon was attracting a notable crowd where his future coach, George Gainford, first saw him fight, noting the boxer’s style and fluid motions as, “sweet as sugar.” At 19, Sugar Ray turned pro, and by 1946 he was the world welterweight champion and held the title for 5 years. His reign included a 91 fight winning streak. Sugar Ray then moved onto acquiring the world middleweight title, which he held five times between 1951-1960. After such a dominant reign, Sugar Ray won his last middleweight fight at 38 and in the mid-1960s he retired gracefully.

His career record ended at 128-1-2 with 84 knockouts in over 200 fights, Sugar Ray was never physically knocked out. World Champion Muhammad Ali called him, “the king, the master, my idol.”

Bro. Robinson died in Los Angeles on April 12, 1989, at the age of 67.

Bro. Robinson was raised in Joppa Lodge #55 PHA in New York City.

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