His doctor suggested that he cancel the fight, but Leonard wanted to go through with it. Leonard started to do better by the fifth round, finding some punching room and throwing numerous multi-punch combinations. Sugar Ray Leonard is one of the renowned sports icons of the 20th century whose very name exemplifies boxing and mesmerizes the image of a champion. Juanita lived with her parents until then to raise the child. The time was 2:54 of round fifteen.
Leonard went the distance but lost by a lopsided decision. Before the fight with Howard, Dave Jacobs rejoined Leonard's team in a limited role. Retirement followed but, in 1984, returned at light-middleweight, although he retired again soon after. Leonard's next fight was scheduled to be against Roger Stafford on May 14, 1982 in. At the final bell, even uniformed ringside security rushed into the ring applauding and lauding Leonard's effort.
The newly created Super Middleweight division gave Leonard the opportunity to win a world title in yet another weight class. Many felt that Price would give Leonard a tough fight, but Leonard took him out in the first round, advancing his record to 25—0 with 16 knockouts. The decision was soundly booed, as most felt that Hearns had won. In the fourth round, Leonard knocked Green out with a devastating left hook. Leonard is also the godfather of and has appeared on many episodes of.
I know how Hagler felt now. Roger was the athlete in the family and he used to be involved in multiple sports along with his other brother, Kenny. Hearns, 32—0 with 30 knockouts, won the Welterweight Championship in 1980, scoring a second-round knockout of in ,. Leonard would continue to pursue his Olympic dream while she and the baby, Ray Charles Leonard Jr. After hurting Hearns with a right, Leonard exploded with a combination of punches and sent Hearns through the ropes.
When he was ten, they settled permanently in Palmer Park, Maryland. . Angelo Dundee counseled Leonard to box, to move side to side and not to get caught on the ropes. Durán was awarded a unanimous decision, although it was mistakenly read as a majority decision in the ring. He would hit me and I saw three of him. Leonard maintained his eye was fully healed, but that he just didn't want to box anymore.
Try or get the SensagentBox With a , visitors to your site can access reliable information on over 5 million pages provided by Sensagent. Hearns was leading by scores of 124—122, 125—122, and 125—121. If you moved, he was lost. Durán, the former Undisputed World Champion, had a record of 71—1 and was the 1 contender. Everyone can expect really big things from me later this year. I need to mention Wilfred Benitez here too.
Having notched up victories over the likes of Roberto Duran, Thomas Hearns and Marvin Hagler, he soon went on to become the first boxer to win title belts in five different weight classes, a long-standing world record. He had great defense, but I overcame it with my speed. Judge Jerry Roth scored the fight 113—112 for Hearns, Judge Tom Kazmarek scored it 113—112 for Leonard, and Judge Dalby Shirley scored it 112—112. This team was considered the best and the strongest Olympic team in the history of Olympics. That result speaks volumes about the era in which Leonard engaged. He lost it to by a close decision in June 1980 and regained it five months later in the infamous , in which Duran quit in the eighth round. In 1987, Leonard came back again and fought Hagler for the middleweight championship.
His older brother started boxing first. On November 9, 1982, after consulting with doctors, friends and family, Leonard invited and other dignitaries to a charity event in. He then offered Hearns a third fight, but Hearns said he could no longer make the weight and moved up to the light heavyweight division. The original fight plan for Leonard was to go toe-to-toe with Hagler and try to cut him, but the plan changed about five days before the fight. Hagler took a few months to decide, then agreed to the match. She named Leonard as the father and the county's state attorney's office filed a civil suit against Leonard to establish paternity and get support payments for the child. Hearns lost the title in his next fight, suffering a third-round knockout against.
The path to success for anyone is never a straight shot. Durán said he quit because of stomach cramps, caused by overeating after the weigh-in. Ultimately, Salazar came out on top and was declared the winner by unanimous decision by the judges. Leonard was awarded a 5—0 decision and the Olympic Gold Medal. First world title Leonard fought for the Championship on November 30, 1979 at in. I had a good resume.