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Tuesday, 29 October 2013 16:56

Sugar Ray Leonard: Super highlights & fun facts

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Record: 36-3-1, 25 KO

Born: May 17, 1956

Origin: Palmer Park, MD, USA

Height: 5'10"

Reach: 74"

Stance: Orthodox

Style: Boxer




Divisions:
Welterweight, Jr Middleweight, Middleweight, Super Middleweight and Light Heavyweight

Years Active:
1977-82; 1984; 1987-89; 1991; 1997

Head Trainer:
Angelo Dundee (During Ray's prime)

Other Trainers:
Dave Jacobs, Janx Morton, Pepe Correa and Adrian Davis

Major World Titles (5 divisions):
WBC Welterweight, WBA Jr Middleweight, WBA Welterweight, WBC Middleweight, WBC Light Heavyweight and WBC Super Middleweight

Strengths
  • Lightning speed and reflexes
  • Combination punching
  • Ring Intelligence
  • Durability
  • Strong amateur pedigree
  • Conditioning
Most Significant Wins
  • UD 12 Roberto Duran - 1989
  • TKO 9 Donny Lalonde - 1988
  • SD12 Marvin Hagler - 1987
  • TKO 14 Thomas Hearns - 1981
  • TKO 9 Ayub Kalule - 1981
  • TKO 8 Roberto Duran - 1980
  • TTKO 15 Wilfred Benitez -1979
  • TKO 10 Floyd Mayweather Sr -1978
Sugar Ray Leonard Facts
  • Ray Charles Leonard was named after his mother's favorite musician, the legendary Ray Charles.
  • Leonard's father was a U.S. Navy Champion Boxing Champion at jr middleweight and reportedly had a record of 46-1.
  • Leonard was a Gold Medalist in the 1976 Olympics and 'darling' of the Olympic Games that year
  • Sugar Ray initially retired after the Olympics
  • From November 1979 to September 1981, Leonard's opponents had an astounding combined record of 177-1-1: Wilfred Benitez, Roberto Duran (fought twice in that period), Ayub Kalule, and Thomas Hearns.
  • Leonard retired an unretired no fewer than three times
  • Leonard was the first boxer to earn over $100 million dollars in a career
  • Sugar Ray was widely considered the world's top pound-for-pound fighter, 1980-82
Accolades
  • RING Magazine Fighter of the Year, 1979 and 1981
  • Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year, 1981
  • Consensus Boxer of the Decade, 1980s
  • Leonard vs Hearns I was RING Magazine Fight of the Year, 1981
  • U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame inductee, 1985
  • Leonard vs. Hagler was RING Magazine Fight of the Year and Upset of the Year, 1987
  • International Boxing Hall of Fame inductee, 1997

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