1921 - 1989
Robinson was born as Walker Smith Jr. in Ailey, Ga. (according to his birth certificate).
In 1947 he was to defend his title for the first time against Jimmy Doyle. Robinson had a dream that he accidentally killed Doyle in the fight. He almost pulled out from the fight but a priest and a minister convinced him to go through with the fight.
He knocked Doyle out in the eighth round. Doyle was transferred to a hospital where he never regained consciousness.
In 1946 he won the welterweight title against Tommy Bell. He won the middleweight crown in 1951 in a rematch with Randy Turpin which resulted in Turpin being KOd in the 10th round.
In 1952 he fought Joey Maxim for the LHW crown and although ahead on all cards, was forced to retire on his stool at the end of 14 rounds due to heat prostration.
Robinson retired after the fight and didn't fight again for three years. In '55 he knocked out Bobo Olson in the second round to regain his middleweight title. In '57 he lost the title to Gene Fullmer by unanimous decision.
Four months later he knocked Fullmer out in the fifth round to regain it once again. He lost it again in '57 to Carmen Basilio in Ring Magazine's Fight of the Year.
He won it back in '58 against Basilio in Ring's Fight of the Year . He was beaten in 1960 by Paul Pender who wrested the title from him.
He failed in two more attempts to win back the title against Paul Pender and Gene Fullmer.
His opponents had a combined won/lost pct of .735.
His career record is 173-19-6 with 108 KOs.
His notable wins came against Jake LaMotta, Henry Armstrong, Gene Fullmer, Kid Gavilan, Fritzie Zivic, Rocky Graziano, Bobo Olson, Carmen Basilio, Randy Turpin, Rocky Castellani, Denny Moyer and Holly Mims.
Honorable Mentions in no particular order:
Tony Zale, Rocky Graziano, Dick Tiger, Charlie Burley, Marcel Cerdan, Holman Williams, Terry Downes, Joey Giambra, Paul Pender, Nino Benvenuti, Denny Moyer, and Rodrigo Valdez.