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Sugar Ray Leonard Record

Total Fights40
Title Wins10
Title Defenses5
Title-Fight KOs8
KO Wins25
KO Losses1
Sugar Ray Leonard Record & Stats
Sugar Ray Leonard's Record
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      What is Sugar Ray Leonard's boxing record?

      In a professional boxing career spanning 20 years, Sugar Ray Leonard fought 40 times with 36 wins, 3 losses, and 1 draw.

      Leonard retired from professional boxing with a record of 36-3-1, which included 10 world-title wins and five successful title defense fights at two weight classes — welterweight and super-middleweight. He had a 62.5% knockouts-to-fights ratio with 25 of his total 40 fights being knockout wins, eight of which were in title fights. The only knockout loss in Leonard's career was a 5th round TKO loss to Héctor Camacho, which was not a world title fight.

      His last fight was a 5th round TKO defeat to Héctor Camacho on March 1, 1997.

      Some of Leonard's best fights and notable victories include wins over four Hall-of-Famers (Roberto Durán, Marvelous Marvin Hagler, Thomas Hearns, and Wilfred Benítez), Ayub Kalule, Donny Lalonde, and Dave Boy Green.

      40Mar 1, 199740Héctor CamachoLossTKO5
      39Feb 9, 199134Terry NorrisLoss *UD
      38Dec 7, 198933Roberto DuránWin *UD
      37Jun 12, 198933Thomas HearnsDraw *SD
      36Nov 7, 198832Donny LalondeWin *TKO9
      35Apr 6, 198730Marvelous Marvin HaglerWin *SD
      34May 11, 198427Kevin HowardWinTKO9
      33Feb 15, 198225Bruce FinchWin *TKO3
      32Sep 16, 198125Thomas HearnsWin *TKO14
      31Jun 25, 198125Ayub KaluleWin *TKO9
      30Mar 28, 198124Larry BondsWin *TKO10
      29Nov 25, 198024Roberto DuránWin *TKO8
      28Jun 20, 198024Roberto DuránLoss *UD
      27Mar 31, 198023Dave Boy GreenWin *KO4
      26Nov 30, 197923Wilfred BenítezWin *TKO15
      25Sep 28, 197923Andy PriceWinKO1
      24Aug 12, 197923Pete RanzanyWinTKO4
      23Jun 24, 197923Tony ChiaveriniWinRTD4
      22May 20, 197923Marcos GeraldoWinUD
      21Apr 21, 197922Adolfo ViruetWinUD
      20Mar 24, 197922Daniel Aldo GonzalezWinTKO1
      19Feb 11, 197922Fernand MarcotteWinTKO8
      18Jan 11, 197922Johnny GantWinTKO8
      17Dec 9, 197822Armando MunizWinRTD6
      16Nov 3, 197822Bernardo PradaWinUD
      15Oct 6, 197822Randy ShieldsWinUD
      14Sep 9, 197822Floyd Mayweather Sr.WinTKO10
      13Jul 18, 197822Dicky EklundWinUD
      12Jun 3, 197822Rafael RodriguezWinUD
      11May 13, 197821Randy MiltonWinTKO8
      10Apr 13, 197821Bobby HaymonWinRTD3
      9Mar 19, 197821Javier MunizWinKO1
      8Mar 1, 197821Art McKnightWinTKO7
      7Feb 4, 197821Rocky RamonWinUD
      6Dec 17, 197721Hector DiazWinKO2
      5Nov 5, 197721Augustin EstradaWinKO6
      4Sep 24, 197721Frank SantoreWinKO5
      3Jun 10, 197721Vinnie DeBarrosWinTKO3
      2May 14, 197720Willie RodriguezWinUD
      1Feb 5, 197720Luis VegaWinUD

      * World-title fight

      Boxing career

      Sugar Ray Leonard (Sugar) is a 67-year old retired American professional boxer. He was born in Wilmington, North Carolina, U.S. on May 17, 1956. He is a former four-weight-class world champion. Leonard was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame (IBHOF) in 1997. His professional boxing career spanned more than 20 years — from 1977 to 1997.

      Leonard made his professional boxing debut against Luis Vega at the age of 20 on February 5, 1977, defeating Vega via 6 round unanimous decision. He went on to win 26 more consecutive fights after the debut, which included 18 wins via stoppage.

      He had his first world title fight at the age of 23 on November 30, 1979 after 25 professional fights, against Wilfred Benítez for the welterweight WBC and The Ring titles. He defeated Benítez via 15th round TKO to become the welterweight champion of the world.

      Sugar Ray Leonard was a one-time undisputed welterweight world champion, and has won 10 world titles at four weight classes. For all the details about Leonard's world title wins and defenses refer to the "Championships" section below.

      Leonard had a total of three losses in his professional boxing career.

      His last professional fight was a non-title bout against Puerto Rican boxer Héctor Camacho on March 1, 1997. Leonard lost the fight via 5th round TKO. It's been 27 years, 1 month, and 22 days since this fight.


      Leonard had a total of 13 world-title fights, which includes winning 10 world titles and six successful title defenses. He won 10 of these fights, lost two, and drew in one.

      Title Wins

      Sugar Ray Leonard fought for world titles in eight fights and won six of these fights, five of these victories coming via way of stoppage. In total, he won 10 belts across four weight classes.

      DateOpponentDivisionTitles WonMethod
      Nov 7, 1988Donny LalondeSuper-middleweightWBCTKO
      Apr 6, 1987Marvelous Marvin HaglerMiddleweightWBC, The RingSD
      Sep 16, 1981+Thomas HearnsWelterweightWBATKO
      Jun 25, 1981Ayub KaluleSuper-welterweightWBA, The RingTKO
      Nov 25, 1980Roberto DuránWelterweightWBC, The RingTKO
      Nov 30, 1979Wilfred BenítezWelterweightWBC, The RingTKO
      + Became undisputed world champion

      Title Defenses

      Sugar Ray Leonard had seven world-title defense fights across two weight classes — welterweight (x5) and super-middleweight (x2). He won six of them and lost only once.

      Following is the table of his successful title defense fights, the next section has the fights where he lost his titles.

      DateOpponentDivisionTitles DefendedMethod
      Dec 7, 1989Roberto DuránSuper-middleweightWBCUD
      Jun 12, 1989Thomas HearnsSuper-middleweightWBCSD (draw)
      Feb 15, 1982Bruce FinchWelterweightWBA, WBC, The RingTKO
      Sep 16, 1981+Thomas HearnsWelterweightWBC, The RingTKO
      Mar 28, 1981Larry BondsWelterweightWBC, The RingTKO
      Mar 31, 1980Dave Boy GreenWelterweightWBC, The RingKO
      + Became undisputed world champion

      Title Losses

      Sugar Ray Leonard lost one world-title defense fight, and lost two titles in the fight.

      DateOpponentDivisionTitles LostMethod
      Jun 20, 1980Roberto DuránWelterweightWBC, The RingUD


      Leonard fought a total of 40 times during his professional career, which includes 13 world-title fights at four weight divisions. He was among the very best of his generation and put on some incredible performances in his fights. These seven fights are the highlight of his career.

      • November 30, 1979: Leonard wins his first world titles by defeating Wilfred Benítez via 15th round TKO. He is now the WBC and The Ring welterweight world champion.

      • March 31, 1980: Leonard successfully defends the WBC and The Ring welterweight titles against Dave Boy Green, winning the fight via 4th round KO.

      • November 25, 1980: Leonard wins the WBC and The Ring welterweight titles from Roberto Durán, by beating Durán via 8th round TKO.

      • June 25, 1981: Leonard wins the WBA and The Ring super-welterweight titles from Ayub Kalule, by beating Kalule via 9th round TKO.

      • September 16, 1981: Leonard becomes the undisputed welterweight world champion by defeating Thomas Hearns via 14th round TKO. He now holds the WBC, The Ring, and WBA welterweight world-champion belts.

      • April 6, 1987: Leonard wins the WBC and The Ring middleweight titles from Marvelous Marvin Hagler, by beating Hagler via 12 round split decision.

      • November 7, 1988: Leonard wins the WBC super-middleweight title from Donny Lalonde, by beating Lalonde via 9th round TKO.


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