"Sugar" Ray Leonard Celebrity Life
- Actual Name: Ray Charles Leonard
- Nickname: Sugar
- Height: 5 ft. 10 1⁄2 in (179 cm)
- Nationality: American
- Born: May 17, 1956
- Weight(S): Welterweight, Light middleweight, Middleweight, Super middleweight, Light heavyweight
- Sun Sign: Taurus
- Father: Cicero Leonard
- Mother: Getha Leonard
- Siblings: Roger Leonard
- Spouse: Bernadette Robe
- Children: Camille Leonard, Daniel Ray Leonard, Jarrel Leonard, Ray Charles Leonard
Who is Sugar Ray Leonard?
Nicknamed as Sugar, Ray Charles Leonard is a former American professional boxer. He has been one of the top professional boxers of all time as he played several matches from 1977 to 1997. By winning several titles in the boxing industry, Sugar became a motivational speaker and an occasional actor. His greatest boxing match was during the World boxing council’s middleweight title, as it witnessed defeat from Marvin Hagler.
Leonard at his initial stage of career married his high school girlfriend named Juanita Wilkinson in January 1980. Divorced in the year 1990 with two sons named Ray Jr. and Jarrell, Leonard resorted to the consumption of alcohol and drugs.
In the year 1989, Leonard was then introduced to Bernadette Robi at a concert by Luther Vandross. Marrying Bernadette at Pacific Palisades, California Sugar witnessed a beautiful wedding ceremony with close invitees.
Born on May 17, 1956 Sugar is the fifth child out of the seven children born to Cicero and Getha Leonard. While growing up as 10 years old, his family moved to Palmer Park, Maryland to settle for a longer duration. With the love to read comics and playing with dogs, he grew up as a very shy kid. Academically, he was a very good student and caused no trouble for his parents.
In the year 1973, his high school girlfriend was pregnant and to which they decided to have the baby. When his girlfriend filed for a support cause, he decided to support his son even if that means sacrificing his dreams.
Through this process, his parents became ill and that turned him into becoming the bread earner for his family. He decided to become a professional boxer to serve his family's needs.
Early Professional Career:
When he decided that he wants to pursue his career in the field of professional boxing, Janks Morton introduced Sugar to Mike Trainer, a friend of Jank's who was an attorney. To withstand Leonard’s career, Mike convinced his 24 friends to fund an investment of $21,000 which is to be paid within four years of duration. After some years, Leonard became the sole stockholder in Sugar Ray Leonard, Inc.
Debuted on February 5, 1977, to a crowd of 10,270 people at the Civic center in Baltimore, Sugar was paid $40,044 for his very first fight. The opponent was named Luis the Bull Vega, whom Sugar defeated by a six-round unanimous decision.
After several professional fights, during his 14th fight, Sugar fought his first world-ranked opponent Floyd May weather who was ranked seventeenth. This fight was won by Leonard by a tenth-round complete knockout.
Leonard was the International Chairman of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation for many years during his career. He and his wife, Bernadette propagated a cause known as the Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation to support the diabetic patients and its annual Walk for a Cure program. This facility supports various programs like healthcare services, educational services, accessible housing, and job training.
In the year 2007, Leonard was being awarded The Ambassador Award of Excellence by the Sports and
Entertainment Commission in LA.
In the year 1976, Leonard won an Olympic Gold Medal after a fight against Kazimier and a win by 5-0. Sugar defeated Wilfred Benitez in the year 1979 on November 30 in Las Vegas during WBC Welterweight Championship.
In 1981, Leonard was titled as the ‘Fighter of the Year’ for the second time by The Ring magazine. As per the latest research. Ray Leonard is the only boxer who won world titles in five different weight categories to today’s date.
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