Born This Day in 1956 Sugar Ray Leonard – Regarded by many as one of the greatest boxers of all time, “Sugar” Ray Leonard (36-3-1, 25 KOs) competed from 1977 to 1997, winning world titles in five weight divisions; the lineal championship in three weight divisions; as well as the undisputed welterweight title. Leonard was part of “The Fabulous Four”, a group of boxers who all fought each other throughout the 1980s, consisting of himself, Roberto Duran, Thomas Hearns and Marvin Hagler.
“The Fabulous Four” created a wave of popularity in the lower weight classes that kept boxing relevant in the post-Muhammad Ali era, during which Leonard defeated Hearns, Duran, Hagler, and Wilfred Benitez. Leonard was also the first boxer to earn more than $100 million in purses and was named “Boxer of the Decade” for the 1980s. The Ring magazine named him Fighter of the Year in 1979 and 1981, while the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA) named him Fighter of the Year in 1976, 1979, and 1981.
On this segment our boxing analyst Frank Lotierzo talks about the great “Sugar” Ray Leonard.
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