Sugar Ray Leonard, was born on May 17th, 1956. He is reputed as the first boxer who earned more than a hundred million in purses and the only boxer who won world titles in as many as five different weight divisions. He was rightly named as “Boxer of the Decade” in 1980â€™s. He is certainly one of the few boxers who will always be remembered for his extraordinary contribution to the sport.
Leonard started his boxing career in the year 1969 and was guided by his elder brother Roger, who was also a boxer. After a few years of training, Leonard boxed at the National AAU Tournament in featherweight quarterfinals but lost the match. This was the first time he lost and the result left him devastated.
Leonard won the coveted National Golden Gloves Lightweight Championship in 1973 but in the lightweight final, he was defeated by Randy Shields. In the next year, he won two championships – National AAU Lightweight Championships and National Golden Gloves. As an amateur boxer, he lost two matches in 1974. In a disputed decision he lost to Anatoli Kamnev but Kamnev handed over the trophy to Leonard. In the same year at the popular Pan American Games and Light Welterweight Championship he won both the titles.
Leonardo participated in the US Olympics, in 1976 as a part of the US team and represented the light welterweight category. He went ahead to win 4 Olympic bouts. In the semifinals he was challenged by Kazimier Szczerba and won in a whopping 5-0 decision and in this way he is said to have avenged his amateur loss. In the final he boxed against Andres Aldama and won the Olympic Gold Medal in a very tough fight.
His Achievements –
Sugar won several titles during his wonderful career â€“ In 1973 he won the National Golden Gloves Lightweight Championship in a tough game by defeating Hilmer Kenty. In the same year he was the runner up at National AAU Light Welterweight Championship runner-up, losing only to the famous Randy Shields. A year later in 1974 he became National Golden Gloves Light Welterweight Champion, National AAU Light Welterweight Champion and also won the gold medal at North American Championship. In 1975 he defeated Milton Seward to win National AAU Light Welterweight Championship. He also won two more titles in the same year that includes North American Championships Gold Medalist and Pan American Games Light Welterweight Gold Medalist. In the same year he became Pan American Games Light Welterweight Gold Medalist after he defeated Victor Corona. In 1976 he won the coveted Olympic Light Welterweight Gold Medal.