Sugar Ray Leonard
Name: Sugar 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 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. Results:
- Bruce Curry W 3
- 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 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 Magazine Fighter of the Year (1979, 1981, and 1987)
- The Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year (1979 and 1981)
- Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year (1981)
- Leonard's victory over Thomas Hearns was named The Ring Magazine Fight of the Year (1981)
- Inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame (1985)
- Leonard's victory over Marvin Hagler was named The Ring Magazine Fight of the Year and Upset of the Year (1987)
- The Ring Magazine Fighter of the Decade (1980s)
- KO Magazine Outstanding Fighter of the Decade (1980s)
- Mark Grossinger Etess Award for Boxer of the Decade (1980s)
- Named the fifth greatest fighter of the last 50 years by The Ring Magazine (1996)
- Inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame (1996)
- Inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame (1997)
- Named the third greatest welterweight of the 20th century by the Associated Press (1999)
- Named the ninth greatest fighter of the last 80 years by The Ring Magazine (2002)
- Ray Charles Leonard was named after Ray Charles, his mother's favorite singer.
- Leonard's older brother, Roger Leonard, was also a professional boxer.
- Leonard started boxing at the age of 14.
- 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 on a scholarship provided by the people of his hometown. 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.
- While training to defend the Undisputed World Welterweight Championship against Roger Stafford on May 14, 1982, 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.
- After boxing a six-round exhibition at Andrews Air Force Base on December 10, 1983, Leonard announced that he was returning to the ring. He was scheduled to face Kevin Howard on February 25, 1984, but the fight was postponed after it was discovered that Leonard's right retina was loose. He had surgery to fix the problem on February 13, 1984, and the fight was rescheduled for May 11, 1984. Leonard defeated Howard by a ninth-round TKO, but Leonard, who was dropped in the fourth round for the first knockdown of his professional career, was so disappointed in his performance that he announced he was going back into retirement at the post-fight press conference.
- Leonard was the first boxer to earn over $100 million dollars in purses.
| 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 Jun
| 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 – 1989 Feb 21
| WBC Super Middleweight Champion
1988 Nov 7 – 1990 Dec 15