Sugar Ray Leonard
Name: Ray Leonard
Birth Name: Ray Charles Leonard
Birthplace: Wilmington, North Carolina, USA
Hometown: Palmer Park, Maryland, USA
Height: 5′ 10″ / 178cm
Reach: 74″ / 188cm
Boxing Record: click
- Trainers: Angelo Dundee, Dave Jacobs, Janks Morton, Pepe Correa, Adrian *Davis
- Manager: Mike Trainer
- Sugar Ray Leonard Gallery
- Record: 145-5 with 75 knockouts
- 1972 National AAU Featherweight Quarterfinalist, losing on points to Jerome Artis
- 1972 Eastern Olympic Trials Featherweight Semifinalist, losing on points to Greg Whaley
- 1972 Junior National AAU Lightweight Champion, outpointing Lynard Dixon
- 1973 National Golden Gloves Lightweight Champion. Results:
- John Amello KO 3
- Rodney Green W 3
- Allen Webb W 3
- Hilmer Kenty W 3
- 1973 National AAU Light Welterweight Championship Finalist. Results:
- 1974 National Golden Gloves Light Welterweight Champion. Results:
- Wiley Johnson W 3
- Mike Carter W 3
- Terrence Silver W 3
- Jeff Lemeir W 3
- 1974 National AAU Light Welterweight Champion. Results:
- Luis Rodriguez KO 1
- Paul Sherry W 3
- Light Welterweight Gold Medalist at the 1974 North American Championships in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Results:
- Amador Rosario (Puerto Rico) W 3
- Robert Proulx (Canada) RSC 1
- 1975 National AAU Light Welterweight Champion. Results:
- Tim Green W 3
- Joe Summerville RSC 2
- Paul Sherry W 3
- Ernest Paige WO
- Milton Seward W 3
- Light Welterweight Gold Medalist at the 1975 North American Championships in Miami, Florida. Results:
- Manuel Billarrulez (Panama) RSC 2
- Michel Briere (Canada) RSC 2
- Light Welterweight Gold Medalist at the 1975 Pan American Games in Mexico City, Mexico. Results:
- Michel Briere (Canada) KO 1
- Segundo Cobenas (Peru) KO 1
- Jesus de las Rosas Marte (Dominican Republic) 5-0
- Victor Corona (Cuba) 5-0
- 1976 U.S. Olympic Trials Light Welterweight Champion. Results:
- 1976 U.S. Olympic Box-Offs Champion, outpointing Bruce Curry
- Light Welterweight Gold Medalist at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Results:
- Mid-Atlantic Welterweight Championship (TKO 8 Johnny Gant - January 11, 1979)
- NABF Welterweight Championship (TKO 4 Pete Ranzany - August 12, 1979)
- WBC Welterweight Championship (TKO 15 Wilfred Benitez - November 30, 1979)
- WBC Welterweight Championship (TKO 8 Roberto Duran - November 25, 1980)
- WBA Junior Middleweight Championship (TKO 9 Ayub Kalule - June 25, 1980)
- WBA Welterweight Championship (TKO 14 Thomas Hearns - September 16, 1981)
- WBC Middleweight Championship (W 12 Marvelous Marvin Hagler - April 6, 1987)
- WBC Super Middleweight Championship (TKO 9 Donny Lalonde - November 7, 1989)
- WBC Light Heavyweight Championship TKO 9 Donny Lalonde - November 7, 1989)
Awards & Recognition
- Boxing Illustrated Fighter of the Year (1979, 1981, and 1987)
- Boxing Writers Association of America Fighter of the Year (1976, 1979, and 1981)
- KO Fighter of the Year (1979, 1981, and 1987)
- The Ring Fighter of the Year (1979 and 1981)
- Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year (1981)
- Sugar Ray Leonard vs. Thomas Hearns I was named The Ring Fight of the Year (1981)
- U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame inductee (1985)
- Sugar Ray Leonard vs. Marvelous Marvin Hagler was named The Ring Fight of the Year and Upset of the Year (1987)
- The Ring Fighter of the Decade (1980s)
- KO Outstanding Fighter of the Decade (1980s)
- Mark Grossinger Etess Award for Boxer of the Decade (1980s)
- Boxing Illustrated named Leonard the second greatest welterweight of all-time (1989)
- The Ring named Leonard the fifth greatest fighter of the last 50 years (1996)
- International Boxing Hall of Fame inductee (1997)
- International Boxing Digest named Leonard the fourth greatest pound-for-pound boxer of all-time (1997)
- The Associated Press named Leonard the third greatest welterweight of the 20th century (1999)
- The Ring named Leonard the ninth greatest fighter of the last 80 years (2002)
- Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame inductee (2015).
- Leonard has a record of 10-2-1 (8 KOs) in world title fights.
- Leonard has a record of 7-3-1 (5 KOs) against former world champions:
- Ray Charles Leonard was named after Ray Charles, his mother's favorite singer.
- Leonard's father, Cicero Leonard, boxed in the Navy. He was U.S. Navy Champion at 156 pounds and had a record of 46-1.
- Leonard's older brother, Roger Leonard, was also a professional boxer.
- At the age of 14, Leonard started boxing at the Palmer Park Recreation Center in Palmer Park, Maryland.
- When Leonard was 16, he competed in the 1972 Eastern Olympic Trials in Cincinnati, Ohio. Rules stated that a boxer must be 17 to compete in the Olympics, so Leonard lied about his age. He lost a controversial decision to Greg Whaley of Cincinnati in the semifinals. Whaley took such a beating that he wasn't allowed to continue in the trials, and he never boxed again.
- Leonard lost to Anatoli Kamnev by a controversial decision in Russia on May 16, 1974. The crowd booed the decision, and Kamnev gave Leonard the championship trophy he had just won. Leonard outpointed Kamnev in Las Vegas, Nevada on January 18, 1975.
- Leonard lost to Kazimierz Szczerba in Poland in 1974. Leonard dominated the first two rounds and dropped Szczerba three times in the third round, but the referee ruled that the third knockdown came after the bell and disqualified Leonard. They fought again in the semifinals of the 1976 Olympics, and Leonard won by a 5-0 decision.
- After winning the Olympics, Leonard announced that he was retiring from boxing. He planned to go to the University of Maryland and major in business administration and communications. However, when his mother suffered a heart attack and his father was stricken by meningitis and tuberculosis, Leonard decided to turn professional to make money for his family.
- From November 1979 to September 1981, Leonard fought Wilfred Benitez, Roberto Duran (twice), Ayub Kalule, and Thomas Hearns. They had a combined record of 177-1-1 when he faced them. Frank Deford of Sports Illustrated wrote, "Did any boxer ever have five fights against such diverse and accomplished opponents in such a short period? Damn few."
- Leonard was scheduled to defend the Undisputed World Welterweight Championship against Roger Stafford on May 14, 1982. He was then going to defend the title against Aaron Pryor in the fall. While training to fight Stafford, Leonard discovered that he had a detached retina in his left eye. The fight was canceled, and Leonard had successful surgery to repair the retina on May 9, 1982. He announced his retirement on November 9, 1982.
- Leonard retired and unretired numerous times.
- Leonard was the first boxer to earn over $100 million dollars in purses.
- From 1978 to 1990, Leonard was a commentator for HBO.
- From 2001 to 2004, Leonard had a promotional company, SRL Boxing. The company had a deal to promote fights on the first Friday of every month on ESPN II. In addition to promoting the shows, Leonard provided special guest commentary during the broadcasts.
- Leonard became the host of the boxing reality series The Contender in 2004.
- The Big Fight: My Life In and Out of the Ring, Leonard's autobiography, was published on June 6, 2011. It became a New York Times bestseller. In the book, Leonard reveals that he was sexually abused as a young fighter by an unnamed “prominent Olympic boxing coach.”
- Official Web Site
- Amateur Record
- Sugar Ray Leonard Boxing Center
- "The Day The Gold Turned Green" By Pat Putnam, Sports Illustrated, February 14, 1977
- "Leonard Yields A W.B.A. Title" The New York Times, September 23, 1981
- "Don't count out Pryor-Leonard" By Dave Anderson, Wilmington Morning Star, November 15, 1982
- "Uncertainty over on-again, off-again fight" New Straits Times, November 19, 1988
- "Leonard gives up title" Beaver County Times, August 28, 1990
- "A night recalled oh, so, beautifully" By Dave Kindred, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, March 6, 2005
- "In Book, Sugar Ray Leonard Says Coach Sexually Abused Him" By Harvey Araton, The New York Times, May 17, 2011
- "Sugar Ray Leonard's Fight 'In And Out Of The Ring'" NPR.org, June 6, 2011
- Wikipedia Bio
| WBC Welterweight Champion
1979 Nov 30 – 1980 Jun 20
| WBC Welterweight Champion
1980 Nov 25 – 1982 Nov 9
| WBA Light Middleweight Champion
1981 Jun 25 – 1981 Sep 22
| WBA Welterweight Champion
1981 Sep 16 – 1982 Nov 9
| WBC Middleweight Champion
1987 Apr 6 – 1987 May 27
| WBC Light Heavyweight Champion
1988 Nov 7 – 1988 Nov 17
| WBC Super Middleweight Champion
1988 Nov 7 – 1990 Aug 27