Abrams vs Robinson
Robinson Given Unpopular Win in Abrams' Match By JACK CUDDY United Press Sports Writ NEW YORK, May 17. Amidst thunderous booing, Ray (Sug; Robinson, world welterweight! champion, was awarded an unpop ular, split 10-round decision last night over Georgie Abrams, semi-bald, middleweight veteran from Brooklyn, after their non-title brawl before 15,064 persons at Madison .Square Garden. The fans indicated loudly that they thought Abrams had won the fight, particularly after Robinson had been penalized in the seventh and eighth rounds for fouling by barraging his ;ie.ivier onninionl with low blow; Judge Marty Monroe also thought that Abrams had won. He voted six rounds for the former middleweight r and four for Robi However, Referee Eddie Joseph and Judge Frank Forbes voted in unisor six rounds for Robinson and foul for Abrams The United Press scored six rounds for Abrams and four foi It was perhaps the worst showing that Sugar Ray, a streamlined, brown -skinned speedster, ever made. He seemed tired in the late going, and he missed with many punches in most of the rounds. Robinson left the ring bleeding from a deep gash at the his right eye and from a sliirht gash on his left brow. Abrams was bleed ing from cuts on his right brow and lower Up. Avoids Damage There were no knockdowns, but they fell to the canvas with Abrams on top in the second round. Th aggressive, compact Abrams stag' gered Robinson with hard straight rights to the head twice in the round and once in the ninth, each of those occasions, the groggy welter champ held on to the rope with his right hand and threatened to punch with his left. Some thought the ring-wise Negro was holding the rope to keep from falling. Robinson's handlers were not certain after the bout whether the champion's brow gashes were serious enough to prevent his scheduled defense of the 147-pound crown against Jimmy Doyle, of Los Angeles at Cleveland on May 30. Abrams, who enjoyed an advantage of 11 pounds, won the admiration of the crowd with his per-j sistent attack and with his gameness, as he shook off Robinson's hardest I punches and came swarming back. Exceeds Weight Limit I He weighed 162 pounds to Robin sOn'l 150?4. Georgie scaled one pound more than permitted in hi: contract, and he probably will' be suspended lor at least 30 days at next Friday's meeting of the New York Boxing Commission. Robinson, who has been planning to enter the middleweight division in pursuit of the 160-pound crown worn now by Tony Zale, indicated last night that he would fir d rough going against either Zale or Marcel Cerdan, the European champion, who aereated Abrams last December.