15 October 2019 05:51
Legendary, never to be topped boxing classics against the likes of Wilfredo Benitez, Robert Duran, Thomas Hearns and Marvelous Marvin Hagler followed in his storybook career. Beating master boxers like Benitez and Hearns (who could punch like a mule but also had quite underrated boxing skills), proving too much for warriors like Duran and Hagler, and getting past murderous punchers like Hearns, Leonard adapted to all his opponent's strengths. Forced to retire shortly after his mega fight unification showdown with Hearns at welterweight due to his eye trouble, Leonard made one of the most audacious yet brilliant moves in boxing history when he had the nerve to come back and challenge Hagler for Marvelous Marvin's middleweight crown in 1987. One of the greatest comebacks in the sport of boxing later, Sugar Ray was back on top of the world. In one of the most iconic fights in boxing history, Sugar Ray Leonard found a way to salute one of the game's most legendary figures.
"If it wasn't for Muhammad Ali, there wouldn't be a Sugar Ray Leonard." By Dan Ambrose: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum is at it again, comparing WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford (35-0, 26 KOs) to 1976 Olympic gold medalist and former five division world champion Sugar Ray Leonard (36-3-1, 25 KOs). Arum was elated last Saturday night after Crawford stopped challenger Amir Khan (33-5, 20 KOs) in the sixth round on ESPN pay-per-view at Madison Square Garden in New York. If Crawford going to be the successor for Leonard, then Arum needs to step it up already and start putting in with better opposition soon, REAL soon. Leonard was a guy that won his fights with his hand speed more so than his power. If he's the next Leonard, then Arum only has four more good years with Crawford before he's over-the-hill, and started getting batted around the ring like Leonard did when he was 35.
After the fight was over, Arum climbed into the ring and went on a long rant at how manager Al Haymon needs to let his fighter IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence face Crawford. It looked to some boxing fans at the time like Arum was trying to distract from the horrible ending of the Crawford vs. First it was Vasily Lomachenko being in the same league as Muhammad Ali in terms of boxing skills, and now it's Crawford being the successor for Leonard. Crawford fights nothing like Leonard, even the old Leonard towards the end of his career. Crawford hasn't won five world titles like Leonard. He's not done anywhere near what Sugar Ray Leonard did during his career, and doesn't fight like him. If he's serious about wanting Crawford as the successor to Sugar Ray Leonard, then Arum needs to have change his counter punching, switch-hitting style of fighting and have go on the attack more in his fights to make him a combination puncher the way Sugar Ray was. Crawford is a one punch at a time fighter. Crawford might be the successor to some fighters that lived in the past, but Leonard isn't one of them. Crawford fights nothing like Leonard, and he'll never be like him, because he's different type of fighter and has a completely different personality. The first edition of ICE North America, Clarion Gaming's influential exhibition and conference running across May 13-15 in Boston (MA), USA, has secured a notable coup with confirmation that legendary sports icon, Olympic champion and prominent television personality and philanthropist, Sugar Ray Leonard, will provide a keynote motivational address at what is set to be the 'biggest sports industry gathering in gaming'. Sugar Ray Leonard, who has established a legacy that epitomizes boxing and invokes the reverence of a champion, will join the MVPs of sports betting and interactive gaming in Boston, providing insight into his celebrated career as well as giving attendees a chance to see and be inspired by the first boxer to win world titles in five different weight classes. Commenting on attracting one of the most famous sports personalities in the world to the inaugural edition of ICE North America, Event Director Rory Credland explained: "We are delighted to be able to confirm Sugar Ray Leonard's attendance at the first ever ICE branded event in North America. In addition to his position as one of the boxing greats of all time, Sugar Ray Leonard has become as famous for his success outside the ring as the triumphs within it.