(PRWEB) January 18, 2004
The career of "Sweet" Jim Robinson one of Muhammad Ali's first professional boxing opponents, ended 36 years ago, in 1967, and he has long since been missing from public view. He was Ali's most obscure opponent, a last-minute substitute in a 1961 fight according to boxing historians. His definite whereabouts and fate have been unclear to sports enthusiasts and authorities throughout the profession including Ali's closest associates and boxing cognescentes.
The vexing case, possibly one of boxing history's greatest mysteries, was cracked by professional investigator and expert researcher Ronald Alpert. The missing boxer's obscurity contrasts diametrically with former world champion Muhammad Ali's fame, once called the most recognized person in the world. Sweet Jim was the only one of 50 Ali opponents whose status and location would not be determined despite much publicity and wide attention, so much so that he was said to have apparently "dropped off the face of the earth". All 49 other opponents, many of whom had remarkable careers in their own right, had been readily identified and located, whether alive or deceased. Ronald Alpert has furthermore recovered rare and unique Sweet Jim memorabilia including the most elusive of all authorized and documented signatures of Muhammad Ali's opponents.