Sugar Ray Leonard is an American former boxer, Motivational Speaker born on May 17, 1956, In North Carolina, U.S.
He is born to Cicero Leonard and Getha Leonard. He has no sibling. He is the only child to his parents. His father worked as a supermarket manager and his mother as a nurse.
In 1980, He married his childhood girlfriend Juanita Wilkinson. They had two children. The couple divorced in 1990. In 1993, He married Bernadette Robi. Currently, he lives with his four children and wife in Southern California.
Leonard had begun boxing in 1969 at the National Park recreation center with his elder brother Roger, Who had helped him train. Soon, He had been trained by Dave Jacobs, a former boxer, and Janks Morton, both of whom volunteered as his boxing coaches. In 1972, He had competed in the Featherweight quarterfinals of the National AAU Tournament, against boxer Jerome Artist and faced the first defeat of his career. In 1974 He had earned both the National Golden Gloves and National AAU Lightweight Championship titles. In 1975, He won the National AAU Light Welterweight Championship, as well as the Light Welterweight Championship at the Pan American Games. He had won the World Boxing Council welterweight title in November 1979 and, In the following decade, He had wrestled in some of boxing’s most notable bouts, winning almost all of them. In 1984, His first retirement had come from boxing when his prodigious boxer had decided to study business administration and communications after receiving a scholarship from the University of Maryland. On May 1, 1986, He had announced that he would return to fight Hagler, a twelve-time World Middleweight Champion. However, after losing the bout he declared his retirement once again on May 27, 1987. However, He had made a comeback on March 1, 1997, for the IBC Middleweight Championship to fight Hector Camacho.
- His real name is Ray Charles, Leonard.
- At the 1976 Olympics in Montreal, He had won a gold medal in boxing as a light welterweight. The year before, he had won gold at the Pan American Games in the same weight class.
Awards and Achievements:
- In 1976, He had won an Olympic Gold Medal after an impressive 5-0 win against Kazimierz Szczerba in the semifinals.
- In 1981, He had been named Fighter of the Year award.
- In 1981, He had been declared the ‘Sportsman of the Year’ by the magazine, ‘Sports Illustrated’.
What can we learn from Him??
Like Sugar Ray Leonard, People can do more than they ever believe they can do. Physically, mentally, academically.