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Encyclopedia > Sugar Ray Leonard
Ray Charles Leonard
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Real name Ray Charles Leonard
Nickname Sugar
Weight Welterweight / Middleweight
Nationality American
Birth date May 17, 1956 (age 50)
Birth place Wilmington, North Carolina, Flag of United States United States
Style Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 40
Wins 36
Wins by KO 25
Losses 3
Draws 1
No contests 0

Ray Charles Leonard (born May 17, 1956 in Wilmington, North Carolina) is a retired professional boxer. He was one of the leading boxers in the world in the late 1970s and 1980s, winning world titles at multiple weights and engaging in contests with such celebrated opponents as Wilfred Benitez, Thomas Hearns, Roberto Duran and Marvin Hagler. He was named after the singing legend Ray Charles. Leonard was given the nickname "Sugar" by one of his amateur coaches. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Welterweight is a weight class division in combat sports. ... Middleweight is a division, or weight class, in boxing. ... May 17 is the 137th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (138th in leap years). ... 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Wilmington is a city in New Hanover County, North Carolina, United States. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... May 17 is the 137th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (138th in leap years). ... 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Wilmington is the name of several places in the United States of America, United Kingdom, and Australia: // USA Wilmington, California Wilmington, Delaware Wilmington Manor, Delaware Wilmington Island, Georgia Wilmington, Greene County, Illinois South Wilmington, Illinois Wilmington, Massachusetts Wilmington Township, Minnesota Wilmington, New York Wilmington, North Carolina Wilmington, Ohio Wilmington Township... Official language(s) English Capital Raleigh Largest city Charlotte Area  Ranked 28th  - Total 53,865 sq mi (139,509 km²)  - Width 150 miles (240 km)  - Length 560[1] miles (901 km)  - % water 9. ... Professional boxing bout featuring Ricardo Domínguez (left) versus Rafael Ortíz Boxing, also called pugilism (from Latin), prizefighting (when referring to professional boxing) or the sweet science[1] is a sport and martial art in which two participants of similar weight fight each other with their fists in a... Wilfred Benitez (born September 12, 1958 in New York, New York), is a Puerto Rican boxer. ... Thomas Hearns (born October 18, 1958, in Memphis, Tennessee), is an American 7-time world champion professional boxer. ... Roberto Duran (b. ... Marvelous Marvin Hagler (born Marvin Nathaniel Hagler in Newark, New Jersey, May 23, 1954), is an American former boxer. ... Ray Charles was the stage name of Ray Charles Robinson (September 23, 1930 – June 10, 2004). ...

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Amateur career

Sugar Ray Leonard had an extremely successful amateur career, winning several championships, three Golden Gloves, 5 gold medals, 1 silver, and 1 bronze. two AAU championships, and a gold medal at the 1975 Pan American Games. His amateur career culminated in an Olympic gold medal at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Canada, where Leonard was a member of what is considered to be the best American Olympic boxing team ever. Fighting as a junior welterweight, Sugar Ray finished his amateur career with a record of 145-5, with 75 KO's. After winning the gold medal, Leonard told sportscaster Howard Cosell he was quitting boxing for good. The Golden Gloves is an annual competition for amateur boxing in the United States. ... - The Amateur Athletic Union, widely known as the AAU, was formed in United States. ... The boxing tournament at the 1975 Pan American Games was held in Mexico City, Mexico, from October 12 to October 26. ... 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday. ... The Summer Olympic Games are an international multi-sport event held every four years, organised by the International Olympic Committee. ... Nickname: City of Mary (Ville-Marie) Motto: Concordia Salus (salvation through harmony) Coordinates: Country Canada Province Quebec Founded 1642 Established 1832 Government  - Mayor Gérald Tremblay Area [1] [2] [3]  - City 365. ... Howard William Cosell, born Howard William Cohen (March 25, 1918 – April 23, 1995) was an American sports journalist on American television. ...


Turning professional

After this success, Leonard wanted to attend the University of Maryland. However, his father became ill and his family needed money. With no endorsement contracts coming his way, Leonard announced his intention to become a pro boxer.


Angelo Dundee, Muhammad Ali's trainer, was brought in to be Leonard's co-trainer. Long-time coaches Janks Morton, Dave Jacobs and lawyer Mike Trainer made up the rest of Leonard's team. Promoted by ABC TV as their replacement for the aging Ali, Leonard made $40,000 for his first professional fight (then a record) against Puerto Rican Luis Vega. The fight was televised nationally on CBS-TV, and the novice Leonard won by a 6 round unanimous decision. Angelo Merena (born 1923), better known in the boxing world as Angelo Dundee, is a boxing cornerman who has worked with 15 world boxing champions, among them, Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard, Jose Napoles, George Foreman, Jimmy Ellis, Carmen Basilio and Luis Rodriguez. ... For other persons named Muhammad Ali, see Muhammad Ali (disambiguation). ...


Leonard won his first 25 pro fights. In Sugar Ray's most impressive performance to date, he knocked out Pete Ranzany in four rounds to win the North American Boxing Federation (NABF) welterweight championship. This bout took place in August 1979. A month later, a 1st round KO of respected contender Andy Price followed. Price had won his last four bouts, three of them in 1979. Yet he was soundly beaten. Leonard signed to meet Wilfred Benitez for the WBC welterweight title in November.


WBC World Champion

To the annoyance of his handlers, Benitez trained very little for this important bout. The fight was closely contested, both men having similar styles. Leonard was declared world champion with a technical knockout in round 15, with the referee stopping the fight in Leonard's favor with 6 seconds left. Leonard had been slightly ahead on points at the time of the stoppage.


In March 1980, Leonard won his first defense by easily beating British challenger Dave "Boy" Green in four rounds in Landover, Maryland. Green had been a very busy fighter, having fought 6 times in 1979, winning 5 of them. Please wikify (format) this article or section as suggested in the Guide to layout and the Manual of Style. ...


Roberto Duran

Next, Leonard went back to the Olympic Stadium in Montreal to defend his title against former lightweight champion Roberto Duran, in the first superfight of the 1980s. In a long, grueling contest, mostly fought against the ropes or in corners, the more experienced Duran outmauled Leonard and captured a majority decision. Leonard surprised many observers by standing flat-footed with the Panamanian slugger.


Their rematch was held in New Orleans on November 25, 1980. This time around, Leonard used far more lateral movement and jabs, staying off the ropes whenever possible. In round 7, Leonard taunted Duran, dropping his arms and winding up with a bolo punch. Neither fighter had absorbed much punishment, and the fight was close up until the end. In round 8, Duran turned around, walked to his corner and gave up. Although Duran is widely remembered for the now famous words, "no más," he never actually said them. It was actually commentator Howard Cosell who uttered the phrase. Regardless, the sports world was stunned by Duran's actions. The controversy regarding this bout and Duran's motivation for quitting continues to this day. However, in an interview with ESPN, Duran had stated that he had started to get stomach cramps and felt it better to quit now then suffer through it.


But Leonard was a world champion again and, after avenging his only defeat, once more was on top of the boxing world.


In March 1981, Leonard scored a routine 10th round TKO of unheralded Larry Bonds in a welterweight title defense.


A second world title, and "The Showdown" with Thomas Hearns

On June 25, 1981, Leonard fought undefeated Ayub Kalule, world junior middleweight champion. Kalule gave Leonard a tough fight, but Sugar Ray won via a 9th round TKO.


Ring arch-rival Thomas Hearns, meanwhile, was tearing apart the welterweight division and had won the WBA world title by knocking out Pipino Cuevas. Hearns seemed unbeatable. A unification bout was set for September 16, 1981, once again at Caesar's Palace.


Hearns unexpectedly weighed in at a very light 145 pounds, causing many to speculate he over-trained. "The Showdown" was televised on closed-circuit and pay-per-view outlets throughout the world.


Hearns controlled the early rounds with his jab, keeping Leonard off-balance. In the middle rounds, Leonard got inside and seriously hurt Hearns with left hooks. From rounds 8-12, Hearns rebounded and took charge again.


Warned by trainer Angelo Dundee that he was "blowing it," Leonard roared out in the 13th round and seriously hurt Hearns with a barrage of punches and knocked him down. Hearns barely survived the round. In the 14th, a combination of blows prompted the referee to stop the fight. At the time of the stoppage, all 3 judges had Hearns ahead on points.


Leonard was later named Fighter of the Year by Ring Magazine for 1981, as well as being named ABC's Wide World of Sports Athlete of the Year that year. The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) operates television and radio networks in the United States and is also shown on basic cable in Canada. ... ABCs Wide World of Sports is a long-running sports anthology show on American television. ...


Eye Injury

In February 1982 Leonard KO'd Bruce Finch in the 3rd round to retain his undisputed title. However, Leonard's next defense against Roger Stafford in May had to be canceled. A few days before the bout, doctors discovered Leonard had suffered a detached retina in his left eye, and he underwent surgery at Johns Hopkins hospital to repair the problem. The boxing world had to wait 6 months for Leonard to announce his future boxing plans. Roger Stafford an American muscian, recording artist, lead singer and quitarist with the Royale Monarchs surf band of the late 1960s. ... Retinal detachment is a disorder of the eye in which the retina peels away from its underlying layer of support tissue. ... The Johns Hopkins Hospital is a teaching hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. ...


Retirement and 1st comeback

In November 1982, after consulting with doctors, friends and family, Sugar Ray invited Hagler and other boxing dignitaries to a charity event in Baltimore, Maryland. Standing in a boxing ring with ABC's Howard Cosell nearby, Leonard announced his retirement, saying a bout with Hagler would unfortunately never happen. Leonard maintained his eye was fully healed, but that he just didn't want to box anymore. In retirement, Leonard continued to be a commentator on HBO & CBS boxing contests, and performed other assignments for them. He also did more endorsements. Professional boxing bout featuring Ricardo Domínguez (left) versus Rafael Ortíz Boxing, also called pugilism (from Latin), prizefighting (when referring to professional boxing) or the sweet science[1] is a sport and martial art in which two participants of similar weight fight each other with their fists in a... Nickname: Monument City, Charm City, Mob Town[1][2], B-more Motto: The Greatest City in America,[3] Get in on it. ...


Missing the limelight, and the big purses of boxing, Leonard announced in December 1983 that he was returning to the ring. This was the first of what would be several boxing comebacks during his career. Leonard boasted that he would re-claim his welterweight titles, and then take on Aaron Pryor, Donald Curry, Milton McCrory, Duran, Hearns and finally Hagler. This decision was met with a torrent of criticism from fans and the media, who felt Leonard was taking unnecessary risks with his surgically repaired eye. Aaron Pryor (born October 20, 1955) is a former boxer from Cincinnati, Ohio. ... Donald Curry (born September 7, 1961) was a Fort Worth fighter, called the Lone Star Cobra. Curry, who had an amateur record of 400-4, made the 1980 United States Olympic team, but could not compete due to the U.S. boycott. ... Milton McCrory (born February 7, 1962 in Detroit, MI) was a professional boxer in the welterweight (147lb) division. ...


A bout with Philadelphia's Kevin Howard was scheduled for February 1984 in Worcester, Massachusetts. This was postponed until May 11th when Leonard had minor corrrective surgery on his right eye. This latest eye injury further fueled the flames of those who opposed Leonard's comeback.


The Leonard-Howard bout was televised live on HBO. Howard knocked Leonard flat on his back in the 4th round . The fight had a disputed ending, with the referee stopping the fight later in Leonard's favor even though Howard had not been knocked down. At the post-fight press conference, Leonard surprised everyone by announcing his retirement again, saying he just didn't have it anymore.


Wanting to fight Marvin Hagler

In May 1986, Leonard shocked the sports world once again when he announced he would return to the ring for one more fight: against middleweight champion Marvin Hagler. This announcement generated a lot of controversy because of Leonard's inactivity and eye injuries. Yet it also excited many sports fans, who had wanted to see this match for years. Hagler took a few months to decide, then agreed to the match, scheduled for April 1987 at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas. The bout was marketed by the promoters as "The Fight". In exchange for more money, an over-confident Hagler agreed to a 12 round limit (which guaranteed WBC sanction) and 10-ounce gloves. The 12-round limit would haunt Hagler later on. Leonard-Hagler was broadcast on pay-per-view TV and closed-circuit outlets all over the world and was a huge money maker. Marvelous Marvin Hagler (born Marvin Nathaniel Hagler in Newark, New Jersey, May 23, 1954), is an American former boxer. ... Caesars Palace is a hotel and casino located on the Las Vegas Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada. ...


Hagler was a heavy favorite, the odds starting at 4-1, then settling at 3-1. Leonard had only fought once in five years, and had never fought as a middleweight. Leonard used the same tactics as he did in the 2nd Duran match, lateral movement, jabs and clinching when he was in trouble. Hagler had trouble keeping up with the fleet-footed Leonard. In general, Hagler landed the harder blows, Leonard landed more and the flashier ones, and neither fighter was cut or knocked down. Leonard was warned repeatedly for holding by the referee, but no points were deducted. The decision went to Leonard via split decision. Hagler bitterly protested the result, and many boxing fans and writers have argued about the decision since. Leonard announced his retirement a month later.


Past his prime, but still fighting

On November 7, 1988 Leonard came back and fought Don Lalonde. He picked himself up off the canvas and knocked out Lalonde in the ninth round to win two world titles in one fight, the newly created WBC super middleweight championship, and Lalonde's WBC light heavyweight championship. This arrangement was somewhat controversial because light-heavyweight LaLonde had to weigh-in at or below the super-middleweight limit of 168 pounds. November 7 is the 311th day of the year (312th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 54 days remaining. ... 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Donny Lalonde is a professional boxer from Winnipeg, Canada. ... WBC is a three-letter abbreviation with multiple meanings, as described below: White blood cell World Boxing Council The WBC, a music group Westboro Baptist Church Wilkes-Barre Connecting Railroad White Blood Cells (album) Washington Bible College Widcombe Baptist Church World Baseball Classic World Boardgaming Championships Womens Business Council... WBC is a three-letter abbreviation with multiple meanings, as described below: White blood cell World Boxing Council The WBC, a music group Westboro Baptist Church Wilkes-Barre Connecting Railroad White Blood Cells (album) Washington Bible College Widcombe Baptist Church World Baseball Classic World Boardgaming Championships Womens Business Council...


In 1989, Leonard fought two old rivals. In June, he battled Hearns again at Caesar's Palace. In an exciting battle, Leonard was knocked down twice, but the decision by the officials was a twelve round draw. Most onlookers thought the draw decision unfair since Hearns knocked Leonard down twice. Years later, Leonard himself would admit this to Hearns on ESPN's Ringside TV program. Nevertheless, the draw decision enabled Leonard to retain his WBC Super-Middleweight title. Six months later, in December 1989, Sugar Ray fought Roberto Duran for a third time. This matchup took place at the new Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas. Leonard used constant lateral movement and won by a lopsided twelve round unanimous decision over a listless Duran. In a fight that many considered to be very boring, both fighters were booed often by the fans and many left the arena before the decision was announced. 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Caesars Palace is a hotel and casino located on the Las Vegas Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada. ...


Failed comebacks and post-boxing life

Leonard was inactive in 1990, but came back in February 1991 to fight world junior middleweight champion Terry Norris at Madison Square Garden, Leonard's first outing there. Norris knocked Leonard down twice and won a lopsided unanimous decision. After the verdict was announced, a battered Leonard took the microphone and once again announced his retirement. 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Terry Norris was an American boxer and a three-time world champion. ... Madison Square Garden, often abbreviated as MSG, known colloquially simply as The Garden, has been the name of four arenas in New York City, United States. ...


Around this time, Leonard's job as a boxing commentator with HBO came to an end. His association with CBS had ended a few years earlier.


Ahead were very difficult times: after the fight, Leonard admitted to a stint with cocaine that lasted from 1982 to 1986. He fell victim to the drug, and reports surfaced of violence against his wife Juanita. Leonard admitted that his problems were caused by a need to be involved in the sport of boxing during the periods he was away from it, and immaturity. Cocaine (see also: crack) is a crystalline tropane alkaloid that is obtained from the leaves of the coca plant. ... 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Professional boxing bout featuring Ricardo Domínguez (left) versus Rafael Ortíz Boxing, also called pugilism (from Latin), prizefighting (when referring to professional boxing) or the sweet science[1] is a sport and martial art in which two participants of similar weight fight each other with their fists in a...


He and Juanita divorced, and in 1993, he married Bernadette Robi, the daughter of Paul Robi, a member of the original Platters. The Platters were a very successful doo wop group, formed in 1953. ...


In 1997, at age 40, Leonard launched his final boxing comeback against former lightweight champion Hector 'Macho' Camacho. Years past his prime, Leonard was easily stopped by the smaller, usually light-hitting Camacho in 5 rounds. After this humiliating defeat, it was finally enough for Leonard, and he has not fought since. Later that year, Leonard was inducted into the International Boxing Hall Of Fame. Héctor Camacho (born May 24, 1962), nicknamed Macho Camacho, is a boxer. ... The modern International Boxing Hall of Fame is located in Canastota, New York, United States, within driving distance from the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown and the National Soccer Hall of Fame in Oneonta. ...


For a short time, Leonard headed a boxing promotion company that included world cruiserweight champion Vassiliy Jirov and rising heavyweight Joe Mesi. Professional boxing bout featuring Ricardo Domínguez (left) versus Rafael Ortíz Boxing, also called pugilism (from Latin), prizefighting (when referring to professional boxing) or the sweet science[1] is a sport and martial art in which two participants of similar weight fight each other with their fists in a... Vassiliy Valeryvich Jirov (born April 4, 1974), better known in the boxing world plainly as Vassiliy Jirov, is a boxer who was born in Balgash, Kazakhstan, then still part of the Soviet Union. ... Baby Joe Mesi (born November 27, 1973) is an American boxer and former #1 contender to the WBC heavyweight title. ...


He is currently involved in the TV reality boxing series, The Contender and has served as host and boxing mentor to the aspiring fighters. His former co-host Sylvester Stallone was one of the executive producers, along with Mark Burnett. The Contender is a reality television show based on the sport of boxing, but with an element of the (middleweight) competitors lives and relationships with each other within the shows living quarters, based in Pasadena, California. ... Sylvester Stallone in Rocky. Sylvester Stallone Loves Dick (born July 6, 1946) is an Academy Award-nominated American actor, director, producer and screenwriter. ... Mark Burnett (born 17 July 1960), a British-born, naturalized citizen of the United States, is a US TV producer known for pioneering reality television as a genre. ...


Early morning on December 27th, 2006, Sugar Ray's son Jarrell Leonard was arrested due to an alcohol related brawl. Police reports confirm that Jarrell spit in the face of a cop at a nightclub in a suburb outside of Atlanta.


Trivia

  • Ray Leonard was named after Ray Charles, whose real name is Ray Robinson. This is also the name of the original Sugar Ray, Sugar Ray Robinson (born Walker Smith, Jr.), from whom Leonard gets his nickname.
  • Sugar Ray instructed Juanita, the 16-year-old mother of his newborn baby, to say that the father's whereabouts were unknown so that she could collect welfare benefits (Sugar Ray admitted this on an ESPN special).
  • He and Contender co-host Sylvester Stallone were among the pallbearers at Najai Turpin's funeral. Turpin was a contestant who later committed suicide in 2005.
  • Alternative band Sugar Ray was named after Leonard.
  • He is also the subject of a joke in an episode of the popular TV series Seinfeld, in which a colleague of George's very much appears much like Sugar Ray, though neither he nor anyone else will admit it.

Ray Charles was the stage name of Ray Charles Robinson (September 23, 1930 – June 10, 2004). ... Sugar Ray Robinson, born Walker Smith Jr. ... Sylvester Stallone in Rocky. Sylvester Stallone Loves Dick (born July 6, 1946) is an Academy Award-nominated American actor, director, producer and screenwriter. ... Najai Turpin (December 19, 1981 – February 13, 2005) was a professional boxer born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. He was a contestant on reality TV show The Contender. ... Sugar Ray is a rock band from Orange County, California. ... Seinfeld is an Emmy Award-winning United States based television sitcom that originally aired on NBC from July 5, 1989, to May 14, 1998, running a total of nine seasons. ...

Amateur Achievements

  • 1972 National Golden Gloves Lightweight champion
  • 1973 National Golden Gloves Lightweight champion, defeating Hilmer Kenty
  • 1973 Runner-up in National AAU Light Welterweight championships, losing to Randy Shields
  • 1974 National AAU Light Welterweight champion
  • 1974 National Golden Gloves Light Welterweight champion
  • 1975 National AAU Light Welterweight champion
  • Won the Light Welterweight gold medal for the United States at the 1975 Pan American Games
  • Won the Light Welterweight gold medal for the United States at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal, Canada

Olympic Results Olympic Games Summer Olympic Games Medal count Winter Olympic Games Medal count Olympic sports Medal counts Participating NOCs Olympic symbols Olympics WikiProject Olympics Portal Athens 2004 • Beijing 2008 Torino 2006 • Vancouver 2010 ...

  • Defeated Ulf Carlsson (Sweden) points
  • Defeated Valery Limassov (Soviet Union) points
  • Defeated Clinton McKenzie (Great Britain) points
  • Defeated Ulrich Beyer (East Germany) points
  • Defeated Kazimierz Szczerba (Poland) points
  • Defeated Andres Aldama (Cuba) 5-0

Kazimierz Wiesław Szczerba (born March 4, 1954 in Ciężkowicach) was a Polish boxer, who won a Light Welterweight Bronze medal at the 1976 Summer Olympics and a Welterweight Bronze medal at the 1980 Summer Olympics. ... Andrés Aldama (born April 9, 1956) was a Cuban boxer, who won the the Light Welterweight Silver medal at the 1976 Summer Olympics and the Welterweight Gold medal at the 1980 Summer Olympics. ...

"The Contender"

A show on ESPN, Sugar Ray hosts' the show The Contender which is a reality t.v show where people fight for a chance to become a pro boxer. ESPN (which formerly stood for the Entertainment and Sports Programming Network) is an American cable television network dedicated to broadcasting sports-related programming 24 hours a day. ...


See also

This is a list of notable male boxers. ... List of WBC world champions is a table showing the world champions certificated by World Boxing Council (WBC). ... The No Más Fight was a boxing fight held in New Orleans on the night of November 25, 1980. ... The two fights between Sugar Ray Leonard and Thomas Hearns in 1981 and 1989 were among the most eagerly anticipated confrontations in the history of boxing. ...

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Sugar Ray Leonard
Preceded by
Wilfred Benitez
WBC Welterweight Champion
30 Nov 1979–20 Jun 1980
Succeeded by
Roberto Duran
Preceded by
Roberto Duran
WBC Welterweight Champion
25 Nov 1980–9 Nov 1982
Retires
Succeeded by
Milton McCrory
Preceded by
Ayub Kalule
WBA Light Middleweight Champion
25 Jun 1981–Jun 1981
Vacates
Succeeded by
Tadashi Mihara
Preceded by
Thomas Hearns
WBA Welterweight Champion
16 Sep 1981–9 Nov 1982
Retires
Succeeded by
Donald Curry
Preceded by
Marvin Hagler
WBC Middleweight Champion
6 Apr 1987–27 May 1987
Retires
Succeeded by
Thomas Hearns
Preceded by
Donny Lalonde
WBC Light Heavyweight Champion
7 Nov 1988–1989
Vacates
Succeeded by
Dennis Andries
Preceded by
Inaugural Champion
WBC Super Middleweight Champion
7 Nov 1988–1990
Retires
Succeeded by
Mauro Galvano

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Leonard was declared world champion with a technical knockout in round 15, with the referee stopping the fight in Leonard's favor with 6 seconds left.
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