Sugar Ray Leonard vs. Bruce Finch

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1982-02-15 : Sugar Ray Leonard 146 lbs beat Bruce Finch 145¼ lbs by TKO at 1:50 in round 3 of 15


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  • The fight was promoted by Main Events and billed as "Reno's Got It."
  • This was Reno's first championship fight since Jack Johnson knocked out James J. Jeffries to successfully defend the World Heavyweight Championship on July 4, 1910.
  • This was Leonard's first defense of the Undisputed World Welterweight Championship.
  • Finch, the NABF welterweight champion, was ranked third by the WBA, fourth by the WBC and sixth by The Ring.
  • Leonard and Finch fought as amateurs in 1973, with Leonard winning by a three-round decision.
  • Sports Illustrated reported that Leonard's purse was $1.3 million and Finch's was $85,000.
  • The fight was televised live on HBO and was later shown by ABC on Wide World of Sports.
  • The Washington Post reported that a sellout crowd of 7,330 at Centennial Coliseum produced a gross gate of $584,000.
  • Leonard got off to a slow start and lost the first round on all three official scorecards. He blamed his slow start on a technical problem that pushed back the start of the fight. Leonard said he warmed up well in his dressing room, but he cooled down during the delay.
  • Leonard dropped Finch twice in the second round and once in the third.
  • Leonard's next fight was scheduled to be against Roger Stafford on May 14, but the bout was canceled after it was discovered that Leonard had a detached retina in his left eye.
  • Following successful surgery to repair his retina, Leonard decided to retire. He made the announcement on November 9, 1982.
  • Leonard announced his return to the ring on December 10, 1983.

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