Sugar Ray Leonard
OriginPalmer Park, Maryland, USA
- Combination punching
- Ring Intelligence
- Strong amateur background
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
WBA Light Middleweight
WBC Light Heavyweight
WBC Super Middleweight
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
UD 12 Terry Norris - 1991
Draw 12 Thomas Hearns - 1989
UD 15 Roberto Duran - 1980
Record: 145–5 and 75 KO's
1976 Olympic gold medalist; Light welterweight
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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