Born Ray Charles Leonard, named after his mother’s favorite singer, Ray Charles, Sugar Ray Leonard is the fifth of seven children. Out of 40 professional fights, he’s had 36 wins, 25 of them by knock out. He won the gold in the 1976 Olympic Light Welterweight category, and has won two National AAU Light Welterweight Championships, a National Golden Gloves Lightweight Championship, a National Golden Gloves Light Welterweight Championship, and a Light Welterweight gold medal in the 1975 Pan American Games. In November of 1982, Leonard announced his retirement at a charity event in Baltimore, Maryland, but returned to the ring to fight Marvelous Marvin Hagler in April 1987 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. The fight was promoted as “The Super Fight.”
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From the Publisher
In this unflinching and inspiring autobiography, the boxing legend faces his single greatest competitor: himself.
Sugar Ray Leonard’s brutally honest and uplifting memoir reveals in intimate detail for the first time the complex man behind the boxer. The Olympic hero, multichampionship winner, and beloved athlete waged his own personal battle with depression, rage, addiction, and greed.
Coming from a tumultuous, impoverished household and a dangerous neighborhood on the outskirts of Washington, D.C., in the 1970s, Sugar Ray Leonard rose swiftly and skillfully through the ranks of amateur boxing-and eventually went on to win a gold medal in the 1976 Olympics. With an extremely ill father and no endorsement deals, Leonard decided to go pro.
The Big Fight takes readers behind the scenes of a notoriously corrupt sport and chronicles the evolution of a champion, as Leonard prepares for the greatest fights of his life-against Marvin Hagler, Roberto Duran, Tommy Hearns, and Wilfred Benitez. At the same time Leonard fearlessly reveals his own contradictions and compulsions, his infidelity, and alcohol and cocaine abuse.
With honesty, humor, and hard-won perspective, Leonard comes to terms with both triumph and struggle-and presents a gripping portrait of remarkable strength, courage, and resilience, both in and out of the ring.