Donny Lalonde vs. Sugar Ray Leonard

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1988-11-07 : Donny Lalonde 167 lbs lost to Sugar Ray Leonard 165 lbs by TKO at 2:30 in round 9 of 12

  • WBC Light Heavyweight Title
  • WBC Super Middleweight Title (Vacant inaugural title)
  • Photo #1, Photo #2


  • On August 4, 1988, Leonard and Lalonde signed to fight.
  • Leonard and Lalonde fought for Lalonde's WBC light heavyweight title and the newly created WBC super middleweight title.
  • This was Leonard's first fight in nineteen months and just his third fight in seven years.
  • Leonard was expected to earn as much as $15 million, and Lalonde was expected to make about $5 million.
  • The fight was promoted by Victory Promotions, which was the company of Mike Trainer, Leonard's attorney. Titan Entertainment distributed the fight to some 800 cable systems. It was Titan's first foray into boxing, after scoring big with pay-per-view wrestling events such as Wrestlemania and Summer Slam.
  • The fight was shown live on pay-per-view and closed circuit television. It was rebroadcast by HBO on November 12.
  • Attendance at Caesars Palace was announced as 13,246.
  • Leonard was a 3 to 1 favorite.
  • This was Leonard's first professional fight without Angelo Dundee in his corner. They parted ways because of a dispute over money. Janks Morton and Dave Jacobs trained Leonard for the Lalonde fight.
  • After Leonard weighed 165 lbs at the official weigh-in, Lalonde took the microphone and said, "I'm not only fighting an old welterweight, I'm fighting an old, fat welterweight." Leonard got on the scale wearing a warmup suit and later revealed that he had silver dollars in his pockets.
  • Lalonde dropped Leonard with a right in the fourth round, and Leonard knocked Lalonde down twice in the ninth round. After Leonard scored the second knockdown, the referee stopped the fight.
  • Leonard became the first fighter to win world titles in five weight divisions.
  • Leonard vacated the light heavyweight title and defended the super middleweight title against Thomas Hearns on June 12, 1989.
  • Lalonde was scheduled to fight Dennis Andries for the vacant WBC light heavyweight title on June 24, 1989, but retired a month before the fight, saying, "I can no longer justify hurting people for my own gain." He returned to the ring in 1991.