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Sugar Ray Leonard

Video: A Very Candid Look

Boxing superstar Sugar Ray Leonard was a hero to many Americans in the '70s and '80s.  An Olympic gold medalist, multiworld boxing champion, and the heir to Muhammad Ali's boxing crown, Sugar Ray was also the face of the sport just as television became the essential cultural medium.  But the public persona of "Sugar Ray" was one carefully crafted by the man himself, and for the first time, Leonard reveals the man outside the ropes in The Big Fight: My Life In and Out of the Ring. In this unflinching and inspiring autobiography, one of the greatest boxing legends in America finally faces his single greatest competitor: himself.  A hero to so many, the beloved athlete also waged his own personal battle with depression, rage, addiction, and greed.

A shy, interior child from a tumultuous, impoverished household and a dangerous neighborhood on the outskirts of Washington, D.C., in the late 1960s and 1970s, Ray rose swiftly and skillfully through the ranks of amateur boxing-and eventually went on to win a gold medal at the 1976 Olympics. With an extremely ill father and corporations failing to make him any offers, Leonard decided to go pro.

With this brutally honest and uplifting memoir, Leonard presents a portrait of remarkable strength, courage and resilience-both inside and outside of the ring.

Sugar Ray Leonard captured the gold medal at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal and went on to win world titles in five different weight classes, defeating such rivals as Roberto Duran, Tommy Hearns, and Marvin Hagler. Leonard lives in California with his wife, Bernadette, and their two children, Camille and Daniel.


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