Red Robinson (Stewart John
The following article is from the Pittsburgh Press newspaper, April 11,
SAYS HE WILL KNOCK OUT ADAMSON NEXT MONDAY
"Red" Robinson merely smiled when told that "Swats"
Adamson expected not only to beat him in the Monessen opera house next monday,
but was planning to knock him out. "Two can play at that game,"
says Robinson. "Adamson will be playing right into my hands when he
carries the fight to me, and he will find me ready to hand back everything
with interest. If he expects me to break ground or run away from him he
is going to bump into a surprise. I believe Adamson was made to order for
me, and I feel sure that I'll get him inside the limit." Both Robinson
and Adamson are in great shape"
The following article is from the Pittsburgh Press newspaper, August
ADAMSON DEFEATED BY RED ROBINSON
Stewart John Robinson and Swats Adamson, long talked of foes, swapped
slaps in a southside circle last night. The event in some ways was a suprise.
An anticipated dandy gate money gag, it proved to be close to a bloomer.
Blame it on the weather. Nothing else in sight. Possibly the next suprise
was the fact that Robinson, who had been touted to tear Adamson into tatters,
didn't do so. In fast at the finish, scores called the mill a draw and wound
up by saying that Robinson was lucky to land a dead heat. The writer wont
go along with this idea. He figures that Robinson hit the straightest, the
hardest, inflicted severe punishment on Swat's face and body, from every
viewpoint and was jammed full of aggressiveness. Several times it looked
as if the "one best bet" had been delivered by Robinson. Savage
punches crashed into Swat's jaw, paunch and chest, but the farmer lad wasn't
subdued by any means. Possibly if the bell hadn't clanged when it did in
the third frame, Adamson might have struck the floor and been counted out.
He was in distress. Adamson fought finely both on the in and outside and
deserved credit for his display. He fooled fellows who had picked him to
stay less than the regulation distance. Swats carried away a number of souvenirs
including a tin ear. Robinson was scarcely marked.
The following article is from the Pittsburgh Post newspaper, October
9, 1913 a day after Red Robinson knocked out Mickey Rodgers:
"With all the viciousness and almost all the effect of a 12-inch
shell, Red Robinson's right mitt exploded against a section of Mickey Rodger's
countenance lying about half an inch southeast of the point of the jaw,
and the first fight of the season, before the Southern Club, in Old City
Hall, last night came to an abrupt termination in the opening round.
The suprising end of the battle came after the first session was about
two minutes old, and although Mickey stumbled to his feet three times only
to go down again, that first slam really did the business. Rodgers was still
"out" when the cheering crowd left the hall. His wits went wool-gathering
when that first blow landed, and it was only force of habit that kept him
When Yock Heninger waved Robinson to his corner after the fourth knockdown
and it was apparent that Rodgers was through for the evening, the cheering
crowd stormed the ring, and presently Red rode to the dressing room on the
shoulders of his admirers. But this was not until after Mason had essayed
a cartwheel in the ring and landed sprawling on his back, and Rodgers and
Robinson had held a reunion. Rodgers started to hit at red from force of
habit, but when he found his mitt seized, shook hands most heartily with
his conquerer, still wearing that foolish grin. It was a sad day for the
The bout started most auspiciouisly, and was full of action until
the finish. Both boys were working hard, going at top speed, and until the
decisive blow was landed, neither had an advantage.
Red had been using his left, jabbing and hooking at Rodgers head,
and Mickey was watching that hand only. He was sailing in, hitting at the
body and had the advantage of the infighting, although at long range Robinson
was superior. Both had landed two or three hard ones that seemed to have
little effect when the end came. Mickey blocked a left and forgot about
the right. He dropped his left hand, exposing his jaw, and Red, the opportunist,
staked his all on one blow and won.
The following article is from the Pittsburgh Post newspaper, November
18, 1914 telling about Robinson having to cancel a fight with Hooks Evans:
ADAMSON WILL TAKE ROBINSON'S PLACE AGAINST EVANS TONIGHT - Ad Wolgast
holds the world's record as a hard-luck boxer, but Red Robinson, the Pittsburgh
lightweight, runs him a close second. Red will be prevented by a fine mess
of boils that have broken out on his neck, from filling his engagement with
Hooks Evans, the South Hills scrapper, before the Highland Athletic Club
tonight, and Swats Adamson, another Southside boxer, has been signed in
a hurry to fill his shoes.
Day before yesterday the first boil appeared. Yesterday another little
pey had joined the advance guard. Red wrapped up well and started out for
some road work with a sparring partner, but after going a few blocks fainted
and had to be lugged home in a cab. It was the same trouble last winter
that gave him the setback from which he just recovered.
Red Robinson would stay in Pittsburgh after his career
as a boxer. He became a referee and was the third man in the ring for some
good fights including some Billy Conn bouts.
Tale Of The Tape
Real Nmae: Stewart John Robinson
BOUTS HE FOUGHT
May 22 1911 Walter Monoghan Pitts. Win (on undercard of the Buck Crouse-Mike Glover fight)
Dec 1911 Eddie Gumbert Pitts. Unknown (Pittsburgh press 1/12/12- "Eddie made his debut as a professional by hooking up with Red Robinson at the P.A.A. a few weeks ago and made such a great showing")
Apr 9 1912 Frank Loughrey NewYork W 10 ("in one of the best 10 round battles ever witnessed in this city. Robinson won every round and had Loughrey cut and bleeding from the 4th round on.")
Aug 12 1912 Swats Adamson Pitts. ND 6 (draw/win)
Aug 1912 Hooks Evans Pitts. W 6
Aug 22 1912 Millburn Saylor Pitts. Loss (Exact date is unknown but was defintely between August 20-25)
Dec 17 1912 Hooks Evans Pitts. Draw 6
Dec 25 1912 Reddy Holt Ohio W 6 (Robinson was 10 pounds lighter than his opponen but still knocked Holt down 3 times in the fight with a commanding win.)
Oct 8 1913 Mickey Rodgers Pitts. KO 1 (win)
Mar 4 1914 Art Kaufmann Michig. unknown (this bout was scheduled to take place. It is unknown if it did. Kaufman was from Winsor, Canada.)
Nov 26 1914 Hooks Evans Pitts. Draw 6
July 8 1915 Harry Greb Penns. ND 6 (exhibition)
Sep 4 1915 Tommy Jones Penns. W 10 (Fight took place in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania.)
BOUTS HE REFEREED
Aug 10 1936 Billy Conn vs. Teddy Movan Hickey Park, Pittsburgh 8 rounds
Sep 8 1936 Billy Conn vs. Honeyboy Jones Hickey Park, Pittsburgh 10 rounds
Sep 25 1939 Billy Conn vs. Melio Bettina Forbes Field, Pittsburgh 15 rounds
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