A History of Athlete Name Changes

Walker Smith, Jr. to Sugar Ray Robinson

Sport: Boxing
Year: N/A

At the age of 14, Walker Smith, Jr. tried entering into his first boxing tournament, but he was told he needed to have an Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) membership card first. The earliest he could get one was not until he turned 16 years old. To get around the system, Smith borrowed a card from his friend Ray Robinson. Eventually, he got into the ring and showed that "sweet as sugar" style that he became known for.

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