Sugar Ray Leonard
Nickname: Sugar Ray

Sugar Ray Leonard

Legend
Born May 17, 1956
Age 58
Height 5′ 10″
Reach 74"
Head Trainers Angelo Dundee Janx Morton Pepe Correa
Stance Orthodox
Style boxer
Division Welterweight
Years Active 1977-82; 1984; 1987-89; 1991; 1997
Record 36 3 1
NC 0
KOs 25
KO% 62%

  Origin  

Palmer Park, Maryland, USA

  Profile  

  Strengths  

- Speed
- Combination punching
- Ring Intelligence
- Durability
- Strong amateur background 

  Facts  

Ray Charles Leonard was named after his mother's favorite singer, Ray Charles.

Leonard earned $40,044 for his pro debut in 1977.

The Ring Fighter of the Year - 1979

Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year - 1981

Etess Award for "Boxer of the Decade" 1980s

Leonard was well behind on all scorecards when he TKO'd Thomas Hearns in the 14th Round of Leonard vs Hearns I

Leonard's original fight plan for Hagler was to go toe-to-toe and try to cut him, but the plan changed about five days before the fight. Leonard got hit by sparring partner Quincy Taylor and was badly buckled. "He almost knocked me out," Leonard said. After that, Leonard decided to box Hagler.

Leonard has worked as a boxing analyst for ABC, CBS, NBC, ESPN, and HBO.

  Major World Titles  

WBC Welterweight
1979-80; 1980-82

WBA Light Middleweight
1981

WBA Welterweight
1981-82

WBC Middleweight
1987

WBC Light Heavyweight
1988-1989

WBC Super Middleweight
1988-1990

  Significant Wins  

UD 12 Roberto Duran - 1989
TKO 9 Donny Lalonde - 1988
SD12 Marvin Hagler - 1987
TKO 14 Thomas Hearns - 1981
TKO 8 Roberto Duran - 1980
TKO 15 Wilfred Benitez -1979
TKO 10 Floyd Mayweather Sr-1978

  Significant Loses  

UD 12 Terry Norris - 1991
Draw 12 Thomas Hearns - 1989
UD 15 Roberto Duran - 1980

  Amateur Info  

Record: 145–5 and 75 KO's

1976 Olympic gold medalist; Light welterweight

  Quotes  

Boxing brings out my aggressive instinct, not necessarily a killer instinct.

Boxing is the ultimate challenge. There's nothing that can compare to testing yourself the way you do every time you step in the ring.

If I hadn't had the talent, the networks wouldn't have televised my fights. No one has made me; I made myself. I paid my dues.

You just don't heal that easy unless you're young. 

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