Sugar Ray Leonard career timeline

Updated: April 3, 2007, 5:21 PM ET
By Bert Randolph Sugar | Boxing Historian

Born Ray Charles Leonard, May 17, 1956, Wilmington, South Carolina Named for musician, Ray Charles Amateur record: Won U. S. National Amateur title, 1974-'75 American Games, 1975 Olympic Games, 1976 (all in light welterweight class) First pro bout, on national TV, February 5, 1977, six-round win over Luis "The Bull" Vega Won first 25 bouts, 16 by knockout, 1977-'79 In only third year as pro, stopped Wilfred Benitez in fifteenth round to win welterweight title, November 30, 1979 Defended title ...

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