Sugar Ray Leonard

Sugar Ray Leonard

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Birthday: May 17, 1956

Birthplace: Wilmington, North Carolina, USA

Sports legend Sugar Ray Leonard was widely regarded as one of the greatest boxers of all time, becoming the first professional boxer to earn over $100 million in purses, as well as being named "Boxer of the Decade" for his accomplishments during the 1980s. Born Ray Charles Leonard on May, 15, 1956 in Rocky Mount, NC to parents Cicero and Gertha Leonard, he grew up in the areas of Washington, D.C. and Maryland, and, at the urging of his older brother, Roger, began boxing at the age of 14 at a local recreation center. Leonard excelled as a fighter. Soon after fighting in the 1972 Olympic trials - after lying about his age to qualify and despite early loses to more seasoned fighters - gained a reputation as a contender and the nickname "Sugar Ray" after the man many considered the greatest boxer of all time, Sugar Ray Robinson. In 1976, he won a gold medal in the light welterweight division, immediately announcing his retirement and plans to attend college after the bout. However, his father's illness and mounting medical bills, along with a newborn child, soon altered Leonard's plans. In 1977, he fought, and won, his first professional showdown, setting the stage for an astounding series of title belts and victories over the likes of Roberto Duran, Thomas Hearns, and Marvin Hagler. Over the course of his professional career Robinson went on to become the first boxer to win title belts in five different weight classes, a long-standing world record. After many retirements and subsequent comebacks, Leonard finally retired for good after a bitter loss to Hector "Macho" Camacho in 1997. From there, he went on to a lucrative career as a commentator for NBC, ABC, HBO, and ESPN, as well as landing endorsement deals with companies such as EA Sports, Ford, Nabisco, and Coca-Cola. Leonard also became a successful motivational speaker and for many years served as the International Chairman for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's "Walk for the Cure." In addition to his many television appearances, for four years he hosted the boxing reality series "The Contender" (NBC, 2005-09), sharing co-hosting duties for the first season with actor Sylvester Stallone, who also executive produced the show. He made a cameo appearance in the highly-lauded boxing biopic "The Fighter" (2010), a project that brought back memories of his real-life fight with one of the film's subjects, troubled boxer Dicky Eklund (Christian Bale, in an Oscar-winning performance). In March of 2011, Leonard took a step into an all-new arena when he was announced as a celebrity contestant on the 12th season of "Dancing with the Stars" (ABC, 2005- ).

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No Score Yet 20% I Am Durán Unknown (Character) - 2018
No Score Yet 65% CounterPunch Himself (Character) - 2017
No Score Yet 33% Riot Major Williams (Character) - 1996

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No Score Yet No Score Yet Access Daily Guest 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Home & Family Guest 2018-2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Talk Stoop Guest 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet GMA Day Guest 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Match Game Guest 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Steve Guest 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Celebrity Family Feud Guest 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hollywood Today Live Guest 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Access Hollywood Live Guest 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Today Guest 2015 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet The American Athlete Guest 2014 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet My Generation Guest 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Top Chef Masters Guest 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hell's Kitchen (Explicit) Unknown (Guest Star) 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Better Show Guest 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet Made in Hollywood Guest 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet Live With Regis and Kelly Guest 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Talk Guest 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Colbert Report Guest 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dancing With the Stars Contestant 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wendy Williams Show Guest 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? Contestant 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet Free Radio Unknown (Guest Star) 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Biggest Loser Guest 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Contender Host 2005-2007
No Score Yet No Score Yet Half & Half Unknown (Guest Star) 2003
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Bernie Mac Show Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
No Score Yet No Score Yet Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child Unknown (Voice) 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Renegade Sonny Reynolds (Guest Star) 1995
82% 98% Tales From the Crypt Unknown (Character) 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet Married ... With Children Himself (Guest Star) 1992

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