Name: Sugar Ray Leonard
Sport: Boxing
Weight Class: Light-welterweight, Middleweight
DOB: 5/17/1956
Birthplace: Wilmington, N.C.
Hometown: Palmer Park, Md.
Olympic Experience
  • Olympian (1976); Olympic medalist (1 gold)
  • Montreal 1976, gold (light-welterweight)
Personal: Son of Cicero and Getha Leonard...One of eight children...Father worked as a supermarket night manager and mother was a nurse...Started his amateur boxing career at age 13...Lied about his age to be accepted into the Eastern U.S. Olympic Trials, where a trainer called his performance “as sweet as sugar,” giving Leonard a nickname that lasted throughout his career...Wanted to retire from boxing after winning the gold medal at the Olympic Games Montreal 1976, but decided to become a professional boxer due to financial reasons...Began training as a professional boxer under Muhammad Ali’s trainer, Angelo Dundee...Named Boxer of the Decade for the 1980s...Won more than $100 million throughout his boxing career...Became a popular television broadcaster with ABC, CBS, HBO and NBC...Father to four children, Ray Charles, Daniel Ray, Camille and Jarrel.