Sugar Ray Leonard

Sugar Ray Leonard

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Sugar Ray LeonardBiography Sugar Ray Leonard is one of the legendary sports icons of the 20th century, who's very name epitomizes boxing and conjures the image of a champion. Leonard has teamed up with Sylvester Stallone and "Survivor" creator Mark Burnett to put together NBC's exciting unscripted drama, "The Contender," premiering in the late fall. The show follows the lives of sixteen of the most talented young boxers from around the nation who will be mentored by Leonard and Stallone while competing for a one million dollar prize and a potential boxing contract. Having learned to box at the age of 14, Leonard's illustrious career includes three National Golden Gloves titles, two AAU championships and the 1975 Pan-American Games crown. After winning a Gold medal in boxing at the 1976 Olympic games, he turned professional to help his family defer mounting medical bills incurred because of his father's illness. Blinding speed, tremendous power, and great charm turned Sugar Ray into an immediate media favorite. The late Howard Cosell called Ray the "new Mohammed Ali." In 1977, at the age of 20, Leonard won his first professional fight, setting the stage for a collection of the most memorable fights in history. He went on to defeat some of the finest boxers of the modern era, including Wilfred Benetiz, Roberto Duran, Thomas Hearns, and Marvin Hagler, from who Leonard won the World Title in the Middleweight division. During his 20-year professional career, Leonard also won World Titles in the Welterweight, Jr. Middleweight, Super Middleweight, and Light Heavyweight Divisions. He was the first boxer to win world titles in five different weight classes, a record that stands to this day. Leonard's sincere, charismatic personality coupled with his ring experience led to a successful career as a television broadcaster for NBC, ABC, HBO and ESPN. In addition, his celebrity status and tremendous cross-over appeal fostered commercial endorsement relationships with numerous companies including EA Sports, Vartec Telecom, Track Inc., Ford, Carnation, 7-Up, Nabisco, Coca-Cola, and Revlon. Leonard is also among the most sought after Leonard Bio Page 2 motivational/inspirational speakers in the world today. His speech, titled "POWER" (Prepare, Overcome, and Win Every Round), is consistently booked with major Fortune 500 companies in the United States and abroad. Successful business ventures aside, Leonard has always been devoted to the community and to helping those in need. For many years, Leonard has been the International Chairman of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Walk for a Cure. He also participates in a variety of National and International causes benefiting needy children's charities. Leonard has four children and lives in Southern California with his wife Bernadette. Source: autographedtoyou.com
I'll think, If this is his first punch, how are the others gonna feel? That's the only fear I have for myself.More Sugar Ray Leonard quotes [08/01/2011 09:08:58]
They say that I'm stubborn, and my wife says that, too, but it's paid off so far.More Sugar Ray Leonard quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Ali's belief in himself was something I picked up on, and it's become my own philosophyMore Sugar Ray Leonard quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Boxing was not something I truly enjoyed. Like a lot of things in life, when you put the gloves on, it's better to give than to receive.More Sugar Ray Leonard quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
When we got back to the U.S., I wanted to kiss the ground after seeing what people in other countries are denied or don't have.More Sugar Ray Leonard quotes [08/01/2011 09:08:43]

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