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[[File:SRL105222258.jpg|left|300px|thumb|Sugar Ray Leonard]]  
 
[[Image:Ibhof-logo.jpg|thumb|right|Class of 1997<br>Modern Category<br>Hall of Fame bio:[http://www.ibhof.com/pages/about/inductees/modern/leonardray.html click]]]
 
[[Image:Ibhof-logo.jpg|thumb|right|Class of 1997<br>Modern Category<br>Hall of Fame bio:[http://www.ibhof.com/pages/about/inductees/modern/leonardray.html click]]]
 
[[File:WBHF Logo.jpg|right|thumb|200px|World Boxing Hall of Fame Inductee]]
 
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==Amateur Achievements==
 
==Amateur Achievements==
[[Image:Leonard_Olympics.jpg|right|thumb|275px|<center>Leonard vs. Ulrich Beyer at the 1976 Olympics</center>]]
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[[File:SRL76.jpg|right|thumb|325px|<center>Sugar Ray Leonard vs. Ulrich Beyer at the 1976 Olympics</center>]]
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[[File:Leonard-Aldama.jpg|thumb|325px|<center>Sugar Ray Leonard's hand being raised after defeating Andres Aldama to win the Olympic Gold Medal at 139 lbs</center>]]
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[[File:SRL154347366.jpg|thumb|325px|<center>Sugar Ray Leonard on the medal podium at the Olympics</center>]]
 
*Record: 145-5 with 75 knockouts
 
*Record: 145-5 with 75 knockouts
 
*1972 National AAU Featherweight Quarterfinalist, losing on points to [[Jerome Artis]].  
 
*1972 National AAU Featherweight Quarterfinalist, losing on points to [[Jerome Artis]].  
*1972 Eastern Olympic Trials Semifinalist, losing on points to Greg Whaley.
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*1972 Eastern Olympic Trials Featherweight Semifinalist, losing on points to Greg Whaley.
 
*1972 Junior National AAU Lightweight Champion, outpointing Lynard Dixon.
 
*1972 Junior National AAU Lightweight Champion, outpointing Lynard Dixon.
 
*1973 National [[Golden Gloves]] Lightweight Champion. Results:
 
*1973 National [[Golden Gloves]] Lightweight Champion. Results:
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**Samuel Bonds RSC 1
 
**Samuel Bonds RSC 1
 
**[[Bruce Curry]] W 3
 
**[[Bruce Curry]] W 3
*1976 U.S. Olympic Box-Offs Champion. Results:
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*1976 U.S. Olympic Box-Offs Champion, outpointing [[Bruce Curry]].
**[[Bruce Curry]] W 3
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*Light Welterweight Gold Medalist at the 1976 [[Olympics]] in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Results:
 
*Light Welterweight Gold Medalist at the 1976 [[Olympics]] in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Results:
 
**Ulf Carlsson (Sweden) W 3 (5-0)
 
**Ulf Carlsson (Sweden) W 3 (5-0)
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*[[WBA]] Junior Middleweight Championship ([[Ayub Kalule vs. Sugar Ray Leonard|TKO 9]] [[Ayub Kalule]] - June 25, 1980).
 
*[[WBA]] Junior Middleweight Championship ([[Ayub Kalule vs. Sugar Ray Leonard|TKO 9]] [[Ayub Kalule]] - June 25, 1980).
 
*[[WBA]] Welterweight Championship ([[Sugar Ray Leonard vs. Thomas Hearns (1st meeting)|TKO 14]] [[Thomas Hearns]] - September 16, 1981).
 
*[[WBA]] Welterweight Championship ([[Sugar Ray Leonard vs. Thomas Hearns (1st meeting)|TKO 14]] [[Thomas Hearns]] - September 16, 1981).
*[[WBC]] Middleweight Championship ([[Marvin Hagler vs. Sugar Ray Leonard|W 12]] [[Marvin Hagler]] - April 6, 1987).
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*[[WBC]] Middleweight Championship ([[Marvin Hagler vs. Sugar Ray Leonard|W 12]] [[Marvin Hagler|Marvelous Marvin Hagler]] - April 6, 1987).
 
*[[WBC]] Super Middleweight Championship ([[Donny Lalonde vs. Sugar Ray Leonard|TKO 9]] [[Donny Lalonde]] - November 7, 1989).
 
*[[WBC]] Super Middleweight Championship ([[Donny Lalonde vs. Sugar Ray Leonard|TKO 9]] [[Donny Lalonde]] - November 7, 1989).
 
*[[WBC]] Light Heavyweight Championship ([[Donny Lalonde vs. Sugar Ray Leonard|TKO 9]] [[Donny Lalonde]] - November 7, 1989).
 
*[[WBC]] Light Heavyweight Championship ([[Donny Lalonde vs. Sugar Ray Leonard|TKO 9]] [[Donny Lalonde]] - November 7, 1989).
  
 
==Awards & Recognition==
 
==Awards & Recognition==
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[[File:SRLTH81451637.jpg|thumb|225px|<center>Sugar Ray Leonard vs. Thomas Hearns I<br>''The Ring'' 1981 Fight of the Year</center>]]
 
*''[[Boxing Illustrated]]'' Fighter of the Year (1979, 1981, and 1987)
 
*''[[Boxing Illustrated]]'' Fighter of the Year (1979, 1981, and 1987)
 
*[[Boxing Writers Association of America Fighter of the Year]] (1976, 1979, and 1981)
 
*[[Boxing Writers Association of America Fighter of the Year]] (1976, 1979, and 1981)
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*[[Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year|''The Ring'' Fighter of the Year]] (1979 and 1981)
 
*[[Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year|''The Ring'' Fighter of the Year]] (1979 and 1981)
 
*''[[Sports Illustrated]]'' [[:File:SI5527.jpg|Sportsman of the Year]] (1981)
 
*''[[Sports Illustrated]]'' [[:File:SI5527.jpg|Sportsman of the Year]] (1981)
*Leonard's [[Sugar Ray Leonard vs. Thomas Hearns (1st meeting)|victory]] over [[Thomas Hearns]] was named [[Ring Magazine Fight of the Year|''The Ring'' Fight of the Year]] (1981)
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*[[Sugar Ray Leonard vs. Thomas Hearns (1st meeting)|Sugar Ray Leonard vs. Thomas Hearns I]] was named [[Ring Magazine Fight of the Year|''The Ring'' Fight of the Year]] (1981)
*Inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame (1985)
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*U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame inductee (1985)
*Leonard's [[Marvin Hagler vs. Sugar Ray Leonard|victory]] over [[Marvin Hagler]] was named [[The Ring Magazine|''The Ring'']] [[Ring Magazine Fight of the Year|Fight of the Year]] and [[Ring Magazine Upset of the Year|Upset of the Year]] (1987)   
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*[[Marvin Hagler vs. Sugar Ray Leonard|Sugar Ray Leonard vs. Marvelous Marvin Hagler]] was named [[The Ring Magazine|''The Ring'']] [[Ring Magazine Fight of the Year|Fight of the Year]] and [[Ring Magazine Upset of the Year|Upset of the Year]] (1987)   
 
*[[The Ring Magazine|''The Ring'']] Fighter of the Decade (1980s)
 
*[[The Ring Magazine|''The Ring'']] Fighter of the Decade (1980s)
 
*[[KO Magazine|''KO'']] [[:File:KOMag.8908.JPG|Outstanding Fighter of the Decade]] (1980s)
 
*[[KO Magazine|''KO'']] [[:File:KOMag.8908.JPG|Outstanding Fighter of the Decade]] (1980s)
 
*[[Mark Grossinger Etess Award]] for Boxer of the Decade (1980s)
 
*[[Mark Grossinger Etess Award]] for Boxer of the Decade (1980s)
*Named the second greatest welterweight of all-time by ''[[Boxing Illustrated]]'' (1989)
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*''[[Boxing Illustrated]]'' named Leonard the second greatest welterweight of all-time (1989)
*Named the [[The Top 50 Fighters of the Last 50 Years|fifth greatest fighter of the last 50 years]] by [[The Ring Magazine|''The Ring'']] (1996)
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*[[The Ring Magazine|''The Ring'']] named Leonard the [[The Top 50 Fighters of the Last 50 Years|fifth greatest fighter of the last 50 years]] (1996)
*Inducted into the [[World Boxing Hall of Fame]] (1996)
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*[[World Boxing Hall of Fame]] inductee (1996)
*Inducted into the [[International Boxing Hall of Fame]] (1997)
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*[[International Boxing Hall of Fame]] inductee (1997)
*Named the third greatest welterweight of the 20th century by the Associated Press (1999)
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*The Associated Press named Leonard the third greatest welterweight of the 20th century (1999)
*Named the [[The 80 Best Fighters of the Last 80 Years|ninth greatest fighter of the last 80 years]] by [[Ring Magazine|''The Ring'']] (2002)
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*[[Ring Magazine|''The Ring'']] named Leonard the [[The 80 Best Fighters of the Last 80 Years|ninth greatest fighter of the last 80 years]] (2002)
  
 
==Notes==
 
==Notes==
 
*Ray Charles Leonard was named after Ray Charles, his mother's favorite singer.  
 
*Ray Charles Leonard was named after Ray Charles, his mother's favorite singer.  
*Leonard father, Cicero Leonard, boxed in the navy. He was U.S. Navy Champion at 156 pounds and had a record of 46-1.
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*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.
 
*Leonard's older brother, [[Roger Leonard]], was also a professional boxer.
*Leonard started boxing at the age of 14.  
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*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.  
 
*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 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.
 
*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.
 
*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.
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*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 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 retired and unretired numerous times.  
 
*Leonard was the first boxer to earn over $100 million dollars in purses.  
 
*Leonard was the first boxer to earn over $100 million dollars in purses.  
*Leonard was a commentator for [[HBO]] from 1978 to 1990.
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*From 1978 to 1990, Leonard was a commentator for [[HBO]].
*Leonard had a promotional company, Sugar Ray Leonard Boxing Inc., from 2001 to 2004. 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.   
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*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 (Season 1)|''The Contender'']] in 2004.
 
*Leonard became the host of the boxing reality series [[The Contender (Season 1)|''The Contender'']] in 2004.
*Leonard's autobiography, ''[[The Big Fight: My Life In and Out of the Ring]]'', 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.”  
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*''[[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.”  
  
 
==External Links==
 
==External Links==
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*[http://www.srlboxing.com/ Sugar Ray Leonard Boxing Center]
 
*[http://www.srlboxing.com/ Sugar Ray Leonard Boxing Center]
 
*[http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1092048/index.htm "The Day The Gold Turned Green" - ''Sports Illustrated'' - February 14, 1977]
 
*[http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1092048/index.htm "The Day The Gold Turned Green" - ''Sports Illustrated'' - February 14, 1977]
*[http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=S6JjAAAAIBAJ&sjid=-8gEAAAAIBAJ&pg=1401,2816212&dq=will+pryor+tempt+sugar+ray&hl=en "Will Aaron Pryor tempt Sugar Ray?" - ''New York Times'' - November 14, 1982]
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*[http://www.nytimes.com/1981/09/23/sports/leonard-yields-a-wba-title.html "Leonard Yields A W.B.A. Title" - ''New York Times'' - September 23, 1981]
*[http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=O6kkAAAAIBAJ&sjid=B3IDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6311,1813614&dq=sugar+ray+leonard+father+cicero+navy&hl=en "A night recalled oh, so, beautifully" - ''Pittsburgh Post-Gazette'' - March 6, 2005]  
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*[http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1454&dat=19821115&id=8QEzAAAAIBAJ&sjid=dBMEAAAAIBAJ&pg=5942,3477066 "Don't count out Pryor-Leonard" - ''Wilmington Morning Star'' - November 15, 1982]
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*[http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=CK5UAAAAIBAJ&sjid=P5ADAAAAIBAJ&pg=6305,804152&dq=sugar+ray+leonard&hl=en ''New Straits Times'' - November 19, 1988]
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*[http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=oLQiAAAAIBAJ&sjid=E7UFAAAAIBAJ&pg=6540,5455727&dq=sugar+ray+leonard+super+middleweight&hl=en "Leonard gives up title" - ''Beaver County Times'' - August 28, 1990]
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*[http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1129&dat=20050306&id=O6kkAAAAIBAJ&sjid=B3IDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6311,1813614 "A night recalled oh, so, beautifully" - ''Pittsburgh Post-Gazette'' - March 6, 2005]  
 
*[http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/18/sports/in-book-sugar-ray-leonard-says-coach-sexually-abused-him.html?pagewanted=all&_r=1& "In Book, Sugar Ray Leonard Says Coach Sexually Abused Him" - ''New York Times'' - May 17, 2011]
 
*[http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/18/sports/in-book-sugar-ray-leonard-says-coach-sexually-abused-him.html?pagewanted=all&_r=1& "In Book, Sugar Ray Leonard Says Coach Sexually Abused Him" - ''New York Times'' - May 17, 2011]
*[http://www.npr.org/2011/06/06/136855138/sugar-ray-leonards-fight-in-and-out-of-the-ring "Sugar Ray Leonard's Fight 'In And Out Of The Ring'" - ''NPR'' - June 6, 2011]  
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*[http://www.npr.org/2011/06/06/136855138/sugar-ray-leonards-fight-in-and-out-of-the-ring "Sugar Ray Leonard's Fight 'In And Out Of The Ring'" - NPR - June 6, 2011]  
 
*[[Wikipedia:Sugar_Ray_Leonard|Wikipedia Bio]]
 
*[[Wikipedia:Sugar_Ray_Leonard|Wikipedia Bio]]
  
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Sugar Ray Leonard
Class of 1997
Modern Category
Hall of Fame bio:click
World Boxing Hall of Fame Inductee

Name: Sugar Ray Leonard
Alias: Sugar
Birth Name: Ray Charles Leonard
Born: 1956-05-17
Birthplace: Wilmington, North Carolina, USA
Nationality: US American
Hometown: Palmer Park, Maryland, USA
Stance: Orthodox
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

Contents

Amateur Achievements

Sugar Ray Leonard vs. Ulrich Beyer at the 1976 Olympics
Sugar Ray Leonard's hand being raised after defeating Andres Aldama to win the Olympic Gold Medal at 139 lbs
Sugar Ray Leonard on the medal podium at the Olympics
  • 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:

Professional Titles

Awards & Recognition

Sugar Ray Leonard vs. Thomas Hearns I
The Ring 1981 Fight of the Year

Notes

  • 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.”

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Preceded by:
Wilfred Benitez
WBC Welterweight Champion
1979 Nov 30 – 1980 Jun 20
Succeeded by:
Roberto Duran
Preceded by:
Roberto Duran
WBC Welterweight Champion
1980 Nov 25 – 1982 Nov 9
Retired
Succeeded by:
Milton McCrory
Preceded by:
Ayub Kalule
WBA Light Middleweight Champion
1981 Jun 25 – 1981 Sep 22
Vacated
Succeeded by:
Tadashi Mihara
Preceded by:
Thomas Hearns
WBA Welterweight Champion
1981 Sep 16 – 1982 Nov 9
Retired
Succeeded by:
Donald Curry
Preceded by:
Marvin Hagler
WBC Middleweight Champion
1987 Apr 6 – 1987 May 27
Retired
Succeeded by:
Thomas Hearns
Preceded by:
Donny Lalonde
WBC Light Heavyweight Champion
1988 Nov 7 – 1988 Nov 17
Vacated
Succeeded by:
Dennis Andries
Preceded by:
Inaugural Champion
WBC Super Middleweight Champion
1988 Nov 7 – 1990 Aug 27
Vacated
Succeeded by:
Mauro Galvano


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