Sugar Ray Leonard – Net Worth, Age, Height, Wife, Bio, Birthday, Facts, Lifestyle & Pictures
Learn about Sugar Ray Leonard’s Net Worth, Biography, Age, Birthday, Height, Lifestyle, Family, Music Career, and Facts.
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Sugar Ray Leonard was born on May 17, 1956, in Wilmington, North Carolina. When he was three his family moved to Washington D.C and they settled permanently in Palmer Park, Maryland when he was ten. He was a shy child and mostly stayed at home reading comics and playing with his dogs. His brother Roger insisted that he go to the boxing club with him and that was how he started his career.
|Full Name:||Ray Charles Leonard|
|Name Meaning:||“Protecting Hands”|
|Place of Birth:||Wilmington, North Carolina, United States|
|Date of Birth:||May 17, 1956|
|Blood Group:||Not Disclosed|
|Qualification:||Graduated from Parkdale High School|
|Known As/For:||Great Boxing Career|
In 1972, he boxed at the National AAU Tournament but lost. He then performed at the Eastern Olympic Trials lying about his age as he was one year younger than the minimum age allowed. He made it to the lightweight semifinals but lost there due to a controversial decision given by Greg Whaley. He won the National Golden Gloves Lightweight Championship and National Golden Gloves and National AAU Lightweight Championships in 1973. The next year he won the National Golden Gloves and National AAU Light Welterweight Championships and won again at the Pan American Games. He joined the U.S. Olympic Team as the light welterweight representative in 1976 which is considered to be the best boxing team of the U.S in history. He won a gold medal by winning the Olympics competition.
Due to family complications, he couldn’t pursue his studies and started his professional career. He met Mike Trainer who arranged a 21k dollar investment for his career which was to be repaid with interest. His trainer and manager were the same as Muhammad Ali’s. He repaid his load after his first fight in 1977 at the Civic Center in Baltimore. The next year, he defeated two professional champions who were Floyd Mayweather and Randy Shields. He won the NABF Welterweight Championship in 1979 along with many other victories and was named “Fighter of the Year” for 1979.
He played against Dave “Boy” Green in 1980 and won his first defense title. The same year he fought at the Olympic Stadium with Roberto Durán, The decision was in Roberto’s favor. Leonard disagreed with the decision and so a rematch occurred at the Louisiana Superdome. Leonard ended up winning the fight by a technical decision. To save his second world title in 1981, he first defeated Larry Bonds in New York. He then moved on to Kalule, competing with him in Houston, Texas. He was the two-year WBA Light Middleweight Champion but Leonard won against him. He fought against Thomas Hearns in “The Showdown”. Leonard overtook the fight and hurt Hearns and won but the decision was controversial. He was named “Fighter of the Year”, “Athlete of the Year”, and “Sportsman of the Year”.
In 1982, he defended his title and won against Bruce Finch. The same year he had eye surgery and his next fight got canceled due to it. He announced his retirement and said that he doesn’t want to box anymore. The next year, he announced that he was returning. He fought with Howard in 1984. He was knocked down by him for the first time in his professional career. He announced again that he is retiring from the sport.
In 1986, he announced that he was coming back to the ring to defeat Marvin Hagler. The fight took place at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, in 1987. He won the competition by a controversial decision. He announced another comeback in 1988 and fought Donny Lalonde. The fight was intense and two out of three judges gave higher scores to Leonard. He fought with Thomas Hearns to defend his WBC Super Middleweight Championship title in 1989 and did it successfully. He also won against Roberto Durán the same year. In 1990, he gave away the WBC super-middleweight title. In 1991, he lost to Terry Norris and announced his retirement again. He made his final comeback in 1996 to fight against Héctor Camacho who was a third-time world champion. He faced him in 1997 and for the first time in his career, he was knocked off. He retired after that fight. In 1997, he was voted and inducted into the International Boxing Hall Of Fame.
He has made many appearances in the media. He served as a boxing coach for ABC, CBS, NBC, ESPN, HBO, and EPIX. He also worked with many companies providing endorsements like Coca-Cola, EA Sports, Ford, Nabisco, Revlon, and 7 Up. He appeared in many television shows as an actor such as “Half & Half”, “L.A. Heat, Married… with Children”, “Renegade”, and “Tales From The Crypt”. He also starred in movies like “I Spy”, “The Fighter”, and “Real Steel”. His boxing company made a deal with ESPN and they promoted the show “Sugar Ray Leonard and ESPN II Presents Friday Night Fights”. He also competed in season 12 of “Dancing with the Stars”. He made a guest appearance on the show “Good Mythical Morning” on YouTube.
- He worked with HBO for over a decade.
- He is a godfather to Khloe Kardashian.
- His brother made him go to the boxing center and it developed his interest.
- He is also a motivational speaker.
- He is a philanthropist and has done a lot of charity work.
His estimated net worth is 120 million dollars. He earned money through his highly successful professional boxing career. He won a million dollars when he competed in the WBC Welterweight Championship in 1979. He received 9 million dollars when he played at the Olympic Stadium in 1980 and 7 million dollars the same year. He was paid 11 million dollars in 1981 for “The Showdown” when he was defending his second world title. He was given 11 million dollars for his comeback fight in 1987 and millions of dollars for many fights in his second comeback fight in 1988.
He has also endorsed many brands like Coca-Cola, EA Sports, Ford, Nabisco, Revlon, and 7 Up. He also made appearances in many tv shows and movies. He also served as a boxing analyst for many networks like ABC, CBS, NBC, ESPN, HBO, and EPIX.
|Net Worth:||$120 Million|
Height & Weight:
He is 5 feet, 9 inches tall, and weighs 72 kg.
|Height:||5 Feet 9 Inches|
Family & Relationships:
He was born to his parents Getha Leonard and Cicero Leonard. He has six other siblings. In 1980. He married his high school girlfriend Juanita Wilkinson. The two got divorced in 1990. He married Bernadette Robi in 1993. He has four children named Camille Leonard, Daniel Ray Leonard, Jarrel Leonard, and Ray Charles Leonard, Jr.
We are trying to find more information about his relationships and will update you here.
|Siblings:||Roger Leonard and five other siblings|
|Spouse:||Juanita Wilkinson ( 1980-1990),|
Bernadette Robi (1993-present)
Daniel Ray Leonard,
Ray Charles Leonard Jr.
Why is Sugar Ray Leonard famous?
Sugar Ray Leonard is an American professional boxer, actor, and motivational speaker. He is regarded as one of the greatest boxers of all time.
Who is Sugar Ray Leonard married to?
He got married to Juanita Wilkinson in 1980. After they got divorced, he married Bernadette Robi in 1993.
How much money does Sugar Ray Leonard earn?
He earned around 20 million dollars annually from his championships. He is also an actor and motivational speaker and earns millions of dollars from there as well.
What disease does Sugar Ray Leonard have?
He is suffering from diabetes and depression. He works to raise awareness about pediatric diabetes so that children build good eating habits.
Why is Sugar Ray Leonard called sugar?
A reporter told his manager that he has a “sweet fighter” and Gainford replied, “Sweet as Sugar”. Ever since he kept the name.
How many fights did Sugar Ray Leonard lose?
He has lost 3 times in his career with one draw. He has won 36 wins out of which 25 knockouts.
Was Sugar Ray Leonard on Seinfeld?
No, he never appeared on the show as the team was unable to get him there. He was the subject of the show when a guy appeared in the sixth season of the show who looked like him.
How many times has Sugar Ray Leonard retired from boxing?
Sugar Ray Leonard has retired four times from boxing. He permanently retired after his last fight in 1997.
How old is Sugar Ray Leonard Today?
May 17, 1956 is his Date of Birth, so now he is 67 Years old.
Who is Sugar Ray Leonard dating?
He isn’t dating anyone right now. He is married to Bernadette Robi and the two are still together.