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Ray Leonard boxer

Ray Leonard image
Status inactive
Division welterweight
Height 5′ 10″/178cm
Reach 74″/188cm
Debut 1977-02-05
Born 1956-05-17
Nationality USA
Residence Palmer Park, Maryland, USA
bouts
40
won
36
lost
3
draw
1
bouts
40
won
36
lost
3
draw
1
Status inactive
Division welterweight
Height 5′ 10″/178cm
Reach 74″/188cm
Debut 1977-02-05
Born 1956-05-17
Nationality USA
Residence Palmer Park, Maryland, USA

"The Fabulous Four" created a wave of popularity in the lower weight classes that kept boxing relevant in the post-Muhammad Ali era, during which Leonard defeated future fellow International Boxing Hall of Fame inductees Hearns, Durán, Hagler, and Wilfred Benítez. Leonard was also the first boxer to earn more than $100 million in purses, and was named "Boxer of the Decade" in the 1980s. The Ring magazine named him Fighter of the Year in 1979 and 1981, while the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA) named him Fighter of the Year in 1976, 1979, and 1981. In 2002, Leonard was voted by The Ring as the ninth greatest fighter of the last 80 years; BoxRec ranks him as the 27th greatest boxer of all time, pound for pound.Leonard, the fifth of seven children of Cicero and Getha Leonard, was born in Wilmington, North Carolina. He was named after Ray Charles, his mother's favorite singer. The family moved to Washington, D.C., when he was three, and they settled permanently in Palmer Park, Maryland when he was ten. His father worked as a supermarket night manager and his mother was a nurse. He attended Parkdale High School, Leonard was a shy child, and aside from the time he nearly drowned in a creek during a flood in Seat Pleasant, Maryland, his childhood was uneventful. He stayed home a lot, reading comic books and playing with his dog. His mother said: "He never did talk too much. We never could tell what he was thinking. But I never had any problems with him. I never had to go to school once because of him."

"The Fabulous Four" created a wave of popularity in the lower weight classes that kept boxing relevant in the post-Muhammad Ali era, during which Leonard defeated future fellow International Boxing Hall of Fame inductees Hearns, Durán, Hagler, and Wilfred Benítez. Leonard was also the first boxer to earn more than $100 million in purses, and was named "Boxer of the Decade" in the 1980s. The Ring magazine named him Fighter of the Year in 1979 and 1981, while the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA) named him Fighter of the Year in 1976, 1979, and 1981. In 2002, Leonard was voted by The Ring as the ninth greatest fighter of the last 80 years; BoxRec ranks him as the 27th greatest boxer of all time, pound for pound.Leonard, the fifth of seven children of Cicero and Getha Leonard, was born in Wilmington, North Carolina. He was named after Ray Charles, his mother's favorite singer. The family moved to Washington, D.C., when he was three, and they settled permanently in Palmer Park, Maryland when he was ten. His father worked as a supermarket night manager and his mother was a nurse. He attended Parkdale High School, Leonard was a shy child, and aside from the time he nearly drowned in a creek during a flood in Seat Pleasant, Maryland, his childhood was uneventful. He stayed home a lot, reading comic books and playing with his dog. His mother said: "He never did talk too much. We never could tell what he was thinking. But I never had any problems with him. I never had to go to school once because of him."

Date Opponent Last Opponents' Results Place Titles Result
March 1, 1997 Hector Camacho DWWWWW Convention Center, Atlantic City International Boxing Council Middleweight

LOSS
Technical knockout
Feb. 9, 1991 Terry Norris LWWWWW Madison Square Garden, New York World Boxing Council World Super Welterweight

LOSS
Unanimous decision
Dec. 7, 1989 Roberto Duran WWWWWW Mirage Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas World Boxing Council World Super Middleweight

WIN
Unanimous decision
June 12, 1989 Thomas Hearns WWWWLW Caesars Palace, Las Vegas World Boxing Council World Super Middleweight

World Boxing Organisation World Super Middleweight

DRAW
Points
Nov. 7, 1988 Donny Lalonde WWWWWW Caesars Palace, Outdoor Arena, Las Vegas vacant World Boxing Council World Super Middleweight

World Boxing Council World Light Heavyweight

WIN
Technical knockout
April 6, 1987 Marvin Hagler WWWWWW Caesars Palace, Outdoor Arena, Las Vegas World Boxing Council World Middleweight

WIN
Split-decision
May 11, 1984 Kevin Howard WWLWLW DCU Center, Worcester WIN
Technical knockout
Feb. 15, 1982 Bruce Finch WWWWWW Centennial Coliseum, Reno World Boxing Association World Welterweight

World Boxing Council World Welterweight

WIN
Technical knockout
Sept. 16, 1981 Thomas Hearns WWWWWW Caesars Palace, Outdoor Arena, Las Vegas World Boxing Association World Welterweight

World Boxing Council World Welterweight

WIN
Technical knockout
June 25, 1981 Ayub Kalule WWWWWW Astrodome, Houston World Boxing Association World Super Welterweight

WIN
Technical knockout
March 28, 1981 Larry Bonds WWWWWW Carrier Dome, Syracuse World Boxing Council World Welterweight

WIN
Technical knockout
Nov. 25, 1980 Roberto Duran WWWWWW Superdome, New Orleans World Boxing Council World Welterweight

WIN
Technical knockout
June 20, 1980 Roberto Duran WWWWWW Olympic Stadium, Montreal World Boxing Council World Welterweight

LOSS
Unanimous decision
March 31, 1980 Dave 'Boy' Green WWWLWW Capitol Center, Landover World Boxing Council World Welterweight

WIN
KO
Nov. 30, 1979 Wilfred Benitez WWWWWW Caesars Palace, Las Vegas World Boxing Council World Welterweight

WIN
Technical knockout
Sept. 28, 1979 Andy Price WLWWWW Caesars Palace, Las Vegas NABF Welterweight

WIN
KO
Aug. 12, 1979 Pete Ranzany LWWWWW Caesars Palace, Las Vegas NABF Welterweight

WIN
Technical knockout
June 24, 1979 Tony Chiaverini WWWWWW Caesars Palace, Las Vegas WIN
Corner retirement
May 20, 1979 Marcos Geraldo WWWWWW Centroplex, Baton Rouge WIN
Unanimous decision
April 21, 1979 Adolfo Viruet LWLWLW Dunes Hotel, Las Vegas WIN
Unanimous decision
March 24, 1979 Daniel Aldo Gonzalez WWWWLW Community Center, Tucson WIN
Technical knockout
Feb. 11, 1979 Fernand Marcotte WWWWWL Convention Center, Miami Beach WIN
Technical knockout
Jan. 11, 1979 Johnny Gant LWWWWW Capitol Center, Landover WIN
Technical knockout
Dec. 9, 1978 Armando Muniz WWWLWL Civic Center, Springfield WIN
Corner retirement
Nov. 3, 1978 Bernardo Prada DWLWWW Cumberland County Civic Center, Portland WIN
Unanimous decision
Oct. 6, 1978 Randy Shields WWDLWL Civic Center, Baltimore WIN
Unanimous decision
Sept. 9, 1978 Floyd Mayweather WWWWWW Civic Center, Providence WIN
Technical knockout
July 18, 1978 Dick Eklund WWWLWL Hynes Auditorium, Boston WIN
Unanimous decision
June 3, 1978 Rafael Rodriguez LLLWWL Civic Center, Baltimore WIN
Unanimous decision
May 13, 1978 Randy Milton WDLLWW Memorial Auditorium, Utica WIN
Technical knockout
April 13, 1978 Bobby Haymon WLWWW Capitol Center, Landover WIN
Corner retirement
March 19, 1978 Javier Muniz LLWLLL Veterans Memorial Coliseum, New Haven WIN
KO
March 1, 1978 Art McKnight WWWWWL Hara Arena, Dayton WIN
Technical knockout
Feb. 4, 1978 Rocky Ramon LWLDWW Civic Center, Baltimore WIN
Unanimous decision
Dec. 17, 1977 Hector Diaz WLLLWL DC Armory, Washington WIN
KO
Nov. 5, 1977 Augustin Estrada LWLWWL Caesars Palace, Las Vegas WIN
KO
Sept. 24, 1977 Frank Santore Jr WWWWWW Civic Center, Baltimore WIN
KO
June 10, 1977 Vinnie DeBarros WLWWLL Civic Center, Hartford WIN
Technical knockout
May 14, 1977 Willie Rodriguez WWWWWW Civic Center, Baltimore WIN
Unanimous decision
Feb. 5, 1977 Luis Vega LLLLLL Civic Center, Baltimore WIN
Unanimous decision