How tall is Sugar Ray Robinson

Sugar Ray Robinson's Height

5ft 11 (180.3 cm)

American boxer, a world middle and welterweight champion. In his autobiography he is listed in his stats section as 5ft 11. Sugar also said that at age 13 "I was five foot eight, a few inches shorter than I am now, but I weighed only 85 pounds. You had to look twice to see me once."

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5ft 10.93in (180.1cm)
Boxing fan 07 said on 18/Jun/19
I say 5’11”. Definitely had an advantage against the short Lightweights when he competed in that division.

Rob how tall do you think Jake LaMotta was ?
ArjunaKorale said on 6/Oct/18
Rob, I think that Ray was a fraction shorter than this (5 ft 11”/180.3 cm). I’ve read Sugar Ray’s biography by Dave Anderson & Ray’s height is quoted at 5 ft 11 (180cm). In reality, could Ray’s height have been, more accurately, 5 ft 10.75 inches (179.7 cm)? Ray seems this height compared to some of the boxers he fought during the 40’s, 50’s & early 60’s. I think a very slight downgrade to 5 ft 10 and three quarters would be a better fit for your site.
Editor Rob
It's arguable he could have been a weak 5ft 11, certainly taller than 5ft 10 though.
ArjunaKorale said on 10/Jul/18
I recently found a pic on Google images of the great Cuban boxer Kid Gavilan standing together with Sugar Ray Robinson (it is captioned on the bottom right hand side as ‘Boxing Hall of Fame, Las Vegas’). Gavilan has often been billed as being 5 ft 10 (178 cm) or 5 ft 10 and a half (179 cm) in height (I believe that the Hawk was around 178 cm/5 ft 10 tall & nothing more) and Ray looks AT LEAST 2 cm taller than the Kid! Try to check it out if you have time, Rob. Unfortunately, the pic does not show footwear. If it is an accurate photo, this would amazingly make Ray the full 5 ft 11 inches tall. How the hell did a man who was 180 cm tall fight pro as a lightweight & then win the undisputed world welterweight crown & hold it till he was 29 yrs old!?!? And he beat Gavilan convincingly twice....AMAZING FIGHTER.
MJKoP said on 22/Jun/18
Arch Stanton said on 29/Aug/14
First time I realized there was actually two Sugar Rays :-)


Three, if you count Mark McGrath. :P
ArjunaKorale said on 13/Jun/18
Rob, is there any chance that Robinson might have been a fraction under 5 ft 11 inches (say, maybe like 5 ft 10.75 inches) during his fighting prime? The reason I’m a bit sceptical is that Ray fought as a lightweight (135 lb) from 18 to 20 yrs of age & then fought as a welterweight (147 lb) until he was around 28 to 29 yrs old. I find it difficult to imagine such a lengthy man of 5 ft 11 fighting at lightweight! In the past (as is today), many fighters were billed an inch (or even two) above their real height (of course, true height has to be measured barefoot). For example, the legendary world bantamweight champ, Panama Al Brown, was always billed in the past as 5 ft 11 inches (180 cm) tall. Today, Boxrec has Brown at around 5 ft 9 (175 cm) tall, which I find a much more believable height for his weight class.
Editor Rob
A fraction under is a possibility, but over 5ft 10 certainly, 5ft 10.75 may well have been a good estimate for him.
even said on 5/Jul/17
180 cm
ArjunaKorale said on 8/Nov/14
Junior31: I never said that Mayweather wasn't talented! But I definitely think that his fighting heart would be found wanting if he had to face guys like Robinson, Leonard, Duran, as well as several others. Hell, I'm pretty sure that even Don Curry would have taken May. It's not just my view, just look at what other boxing experts say about Mayweather in fantasy fights - just about all of them feel that May would have lost to past greats. Let's face it, Mayweather is great by today's standards but that doesn't mean that much because we certainly don't live in a golden age of boxing.
Junior31 said on 24/Sep/14
ArjunaKorale says on 19/Sep/14
Junior31: You say that you have met Mayweather Jnr & say that he is above 5 ft 7, but he's not quite 5 ft 8! So, then what I say is right - he's more like 5 ft 7.5 inches (171cm), right! Besides, who really cares about Mayweather? I for one, don't - the guy just wants to make money & his fighting heart would have been found v wanting against fighters like Robinson.


As a boxer myself I'm not big on comparing fighters from 60 years ago to today simply because there's been so many advancements in training and nutrition and aspects of the sport. I think sugar Ray Robinson is easily the best ever lb for lb but to say a man who has made a half a billion dollars from the sport isn't talented is ridiculous Skill wise floyd is up there and if you know him personally as I do a lot what of what he does is for the cameras. Nobody works harder then he does who has been fighting for 30 years. He will go down as one of the best ever easily.

I was at the maidana fight this past weekend and went to Floyd's moms house the day after to watch the replay with him. He admitted he was getting hit with punches he shouldn't have. He could of just had an off night or Father Time is catching up with his reflexes.
Voiceless Dental Fricative said on 21/Sep/14
Ace: interesting. thanks for the info
ArjunaKorale said on 19/Sep/14
Junior31: You say that you have met Mayweather Jnr & say that he is above 5 ft 7, but he's not quite 5 ft 8! So, then what I say is right - he's more like 5 ft 7.5 inches (171cm), right! Besides, who really cares about Mayweather? I for one, don't - the guy just wants to make money & his fighting heart would have been found v wanting against fighters like Robinson.
ArjunaKorale said on 19/Sep/14
Junior31: You say that you have met Mayweather Jnr & say that he is above 5 ft 7, but he's not quite 5 ft 8! So, then what I say is right - he's more like 5 ft 7.5 inches (171cm), right!
Ace said on 14/Sep/14
Also to Greg: Robinson showed up against Maxim at 157.5 pounds, well under the 175 pound limit for the light heavyweight division. It was the weight he usually fought at at middleweight, and he felt adding more muscle might make him slower and sluggish.
Ace said on 14/Sep/14
Voiceless: Robinson's usual fighting weight at welterweight was in the mid 150's. So yes he did cut some weight, but not as much as some modern fighters.
Greg said on 6/Sep/14
Spot on. A big guy who fought Joey Maxim at light heavyweight and collapsed with heat exhaustion whilst ahead on the scorecards - kept up the work rate of a middleweight in 39 degrees at Yankee stadium. I assume he was well below the 12 stone 7 limit.
Voiceless Dental Fricative said on 4/Sep/14
Did Robinson cut weight when we was fighting at 147?

Most modern fighters at 147 have functional weights of about 160 (e.g. Amir Khan). I don't know if in Robinson's day they cut to the same extent.
Junior31 said on 4/Sep/14
ArjunaKorale says on 2/Sep/14
@Mid190s: Mayweather has never in his life been 5 ft 8 (173 cm) barefoot! More likely a full inch below i.e. 170 cm, though I can even see 171 cm for him.

Have met him a few times and stood next to him in boxing shoes, Mayweather is not 5'7 flat he's not quite 5'8 but close to it. 5'7.5 is his floor I'd peg him 5'7.75
Ace said on 3/Sep/14
5'11 sounds about right. He was several inches taller than Fullmer and Lamotta, and did look an easy five inches taller than 5'6 Carmen Bassilio. It's amazing that he started his career at featherweight.
Sam said on 2/Sep/14
Helluva boxer...thought he was more 5'10" range though.
ArjunaKorale said on 2/Sep/14
@Mid190s: Mayweather has never in his life been 5 ft 8 (173 cm) barefoot! More likely a full inch below i.e. 170 cm, though I can even see 171 cm for him.
Mid190s said on 1/Sep/14
I cant believe he was so tall!

He fought at the same weight class(147) as Mayweather who is only 5'8!
Brad said on 1/Sep/14
Manny would have been floored in 2 rounds, Mayweather just dance and throw more punches to avoid the bombs and look good from a guy bigger and taller who'd eventually land a bomb, he'd lose to SRR. My father saw him as a singer once, he was so broke he'd do anything at one point. At least the mob didn't plant him as a tree at the Caesars entrance shaking hands like Joe Louis.
Voiceless Dental Fricative said on 1/Sep/14
Rob, are you going to create a Pacquiao page?
ArjunaKorale said on 30/Aug/14
Was the ULTIMAMTE KILLER in the ring.
ArjunaKorale said on 30/Aug/14
THANK YOU SO MUCH Rob for putting Walker Smith Jnr up. Best ever pound for pound ever, & was one tall welterweight world champ back in the '40s. Just to get some comparison, the top guys at welterweight today, Mayweather Jnr is only 5 ft 7 & Pacquiao is only around 5 ft 5.5 or 5 ft 6! Would have knocked Pacquiao out cold & thrashed Mayweather on points. Would have beaten the more modern Sugar Ray (Leonard) too.
Junior31 said on 29/Aug/14
The greatest fighter of all time period end of story.
Arch Stanton said on 29/Aug/14
First time I realized there was actually two Sugar Rays :-)
Emil 182.5 cm said on 28/Aug/14
Arch Stanton,
That ain't Robinson but Leonard and yes he's 5'9 so your eyes function probably
Amaze said on 28/Aug/14
5'8 and 85lbs?!? That is stick stick super thin skinny. I was 5'6 and 90lbs. That was very very exrremely bad and he was worse.. Damn!

But yeah known about this guy for a long time, 5'11 is correct
Arch Stanton said on 28/Aug/14
Amazed that this legend was missing! I saw him, was it with Hugh Jackman or somebody?, I thought he looked shorter than this actually.
Paul said on 28/Aug/14
Sounds about right.

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