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Sugar Ray Leonard


1956 Born May 17 in Wilmington, North Carolina
1960 Moves with family to District of Columbia
1967 Moves with family to Seat Pleasant, Maryland
1968 Moves with family to Palmer Park, Maryland
1970 Begins boxing after school at Palmer Park Recreation Center
1971 Enters national competition with AAU
1972 Wins Golden Gloves lightweight championship; joins AAU International team
1973 Turns down $5,000 to fight professionally; fathers a son, Ray Jr., on November 22
1977 Makes professional boxing debut against Luis "the Bull" Vega on February 5
1979 Takes WBC welterweight title from Wifredo Benitez on November 30, by TKO in the fifteenth round
1980 Marries Juanita Wilkinson on January 19; loses WBC welterweight title to Roberto Duran on June 20; regains WBC welterweight title in a rematch on November 25, when Duran cedes the fight in the eighth round
1981 Takes WBA junior middleweight title from Ajub Kalube on June 21 by TKO in the ninth round; unifies the welterweight belts by defeating Thomas Hearns on September 16 by TKO in the fourteenth round
1982 Retires after suffering a detached retina
1987 Takes the middleweight title from Marvin Hagler by TKO in the ninth round
1988 Takes the WBC super middleweight and light heavyweight titles from Donny Lalonde in November
1989 Rematch with Hearns ends in a draw
1990 Divorces Wilkinson
1991 Loses to Terry Norris in a title bout for the junior middleweight championship on February 9; retires with record of 36-2-1 and 25 KOs
1993 Marries Bernadette Robi on August 20
1997 Loses to Hector "Macho" Camacho by TKO in the fifth round; is inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame on June 15
2001 Establishes his own promotions firm, Sugar Ray Leonard Boxing, Inc.

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