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Sugar Ray Leonard

Boxer Sugar Ray Leonard

Full Name: Ray Charles Leonard
Profession: Boxer

Nationality:
United States of America
American

Why Famous: Winner of an Olympic gold medal in 1976 and 5-division world boxing champion.

Born: May 17, 1956
Birthplace: Rocky Mount, North Carolina, USA
Age: 65 years old

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Monkey
Star Sign: Taurus

Historical Events

  • 1977-02-05 Future 5-division world boxing champion Sugar Ray Leonard makes his professional debut with a 6-round unanimous decision over Luis Vega at Baltimore’s Civic Center
  • 1980-06-20 Panamanian boxer Roberto Durán takes WBC welterweight title from Sugar Ray Leonard at Olympic Stadium in Montreal by unanimous points decision
  • 1980-11-25 Sugar Ray Leonard regains WBC welterweight boxing crown when Roberto Durán quits in the 8th round of infamous “no mas” fight at the Superdome, New Orleans
  • 1982-11-09 Sugar Ray Leonard retires for 1st time
  • 1982-12-03 After losing his world welterweight boxing titles to Sugar Ray Leonard, Thomas Hearns wins WBC Super Welterweight crown in a majority points decision over Wilfred Benitez at Superdome, New Orleans
  • 1987-04-06 Middleweight World Boxing Championship bout: Sugar Ray Leonard upsets Marvelous Marvin Hagler at Caesars Palace in Paradise, Nevada
  • 1988-11-07 Sugar Ray Leonard KO's Donnie LaLonde
  • 1991-02-09 Terry Norris knocks down Sugar Ray Leonard twice & beats him
  • 1997-03-01 Puerto Rican boxer Héctor Camacho stops Sugar Ray Leonard in 5th round in Atlantic City, NJ to retain IBC middleweight title; only time Leonard's is KO'ed and sends him into permanent retirement

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