11.08.05 - By Jim Amato: The Sugar Ray Robinson- Jimmy Doyle fight took place in my hometown of Cleveland on June 24, 1947. They fought at the famous but now gone Cleveland Arena. Doyle was a good fighter who ended up with a very respectable 41-8-3 record. He had thirteen KO's to his credit.. On March 11, 1946 Jimmy fought the brutal punching Artie Levine. Sugar Ray Robinson stated that Levine was one of the hardest punchers that he had ever faced.
Levine halted Doyle in the ninth round. Doyle suffered a head injury that threatened to end his career. Jimmy returned to the ring and reeled off five straight victories to lead to his ill fated bout with Robinson. Ray had wanted to call off the fight because he had a dream that he killed Doyle in the ring. He was eventually convinced to go on with the fight. There was some speculation that Doyle never fully recovered from the injury he received in the Levine bout. If there was any doubt that Doyle was not a legitimate contender his victory in 1945 over Youngstown great Tommy Bell should prove his merit as a world class fighter.