Sugar Ray Leonard, one of the infamous “Four Kings,” is a modern sports icon. He was one of few boxers who managed to transcend the sport, and he is still in fantastic shape at 63 years old…
Living boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard is a combat sports treasure. Leonard competed from 1977-1997, winning world titles in five weight divisions and lineal titles in three.
Leonard’s prime came at a time when three other kings were bossing the welter/middleweight divisions. Although he lost to Roberto Duran in their first fight, Leonard would get his vengeance in the infamous ‘no mas’ fight.
He would then go on to defeat Duran in the somewhat unnecessary trilogy fight, also facing Marvin Hagler and Thomas Hearns, the other two of the “Four Kings.”
Leonard’s win over Hagler will go down in sports history as one of the most debated judges decisions ever,
Sugar Ray’s Legendary Status
Ray’s legendary status wasn’t just down to his fights, he became a global celebrity at a time when boxing didn’t really produce them. Leonard became the first boxer to earn $100 million, an absolutely astronomical amount even by today’s inflated economy.
His baby face made him an advertiser’s dream, but make no mistake, he could get down and dirty in the ring like the most primal of fighters. When he finally retired for the fourth time in 1997, his record stood at 36-3-1.
Two of those fights were in 91 and 97, his last two fights, when he really should not have come back. His record speaks for itself with 25 of those wins coming by knockout.
Even at 63 years of age, Leonard still has a fighter’s mind and body. Check out what Sugar Ray said about fighting Floyd Mayweather, followed by his Valentine’s Day Instagram post showing Leonard BLASTING the bag:
“Absolutely (I would have beaten Floyd),” Leonard said, per Boxing News and Views. I’m not saying that because I’m bragging but then again my mind-set as a fighter, as a champion, will always tell me I could beat Mayweather. That’s what helped me become the fighter I became.”
“There is no one way to fight Floyd Mayweather. He is that good. He is that talented. You walk in there with a plan but to execute it takes time.”
“In other words you’ve gone to feel him out and see what he goes for. Floyd, no one could penetrate his defence. He was one of the best guys out there. I would say body shots are his weakness.”
Featured image source Sugar Ray Leonard on Instagram