Sugar Ray Robinson had already notched up a pro record of 40-1 by the time he was drafted to the US Army on Feb 27th, 1943. Throughout his 15 month military career, Walker Smith aka Sugar would perform in exhibition boxing matches alongside his friend and inspiration Joe Louis, who was also drafted into the US Army around the same time. The pair would go out on tours to perform in front of US Army troops to boost morale. These exhibitions, during an intense war-torn era, were seen as vital events to keep soldiers spirits high.
Despite answering the call of duty, Sugar continued to fight professionally during this time winning all three of his pro bouts. After being honorably discharged in June 1944 Robinson was able to fully focus on fighting and he picked up right from where he left off. Within two and a half years, Sugar Ray was the welterweight champ, and on top of the world.
In keeping with the spirit of their service, we have partnered with our friends Jay Glazer and Nate Boyer at MVP (Merging Vets and Players). In addition to normal royalties going to the estates of our featured Icons, we will be matching the royalty proceeds and donating them to MVP.
MVP empowers combat veterans and former professional athletes by connecting them after the uniform comes off; providing them with a new team to assist with the transition, promote personal development, and show them they are never alone.
Officially licensed by Sugar Ray Robinson.
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