Sugar Ray Leonard – Complete Championship Profile

Sugar Ray Leonard – Complete Championship Profile

This is Rummy’s Corner. Sugar Ray Leonard got his first opportunity
to fight for a major world title on November 30th, 1979 when he challenged WBC welterweight
champion Wilfred Benitez. This one was a tactical chess match of elite
level boxing at its finest. Leonard dropped Benitez was a quick snappy
left late in round 3. The tactical chess match resumed with a lot
of feinting and maneuvering for position. With both smooth operators studiously searching
for openings, there were also a lot of heated explosive exchanges. In the 15th and final round the two boxers
traded furiously. With just 30 seconds left in the round, Leonard
dropped Benitez. The champion rose and battled on, but Leonard
moved in for the finish and referee Carlos Padilla stopped the fight. It was a 15th round technical knockout, and
Sugar Ray Leonard had just become the new WBC welterweight champion. Leonard made the first defense of his WBC
title on March 31st, 1980 when he faced challenger Dave �Boy’ Green. Leonard was patient and measured with his
approach, and Green was having difficulty coping with Ray’s speed and athleticism. In round 4 Sugar Ray unloaded a 4 punch combination
that was punctuated by a mean left hook. Green was down, and he would not be beating
the count. The fight was over. It was a 4th round knockout for Leonard. On June 20th, 1980, Leonard made the second
defense of his WBC title when he went up against former long time lightweight champion Roberto
Duran. This one was an absolute showcase of tactical
infighting prowess from both combatants. It was a gruelling war of attrition, and both
boxers were frequently engaged in furious exchanges. Duran was dictating the terms of the fight,
and Leonard was perfectly willing to fight Roberto on his own terms. But this wasn’t something that was typically
working out in Ray’s favor. At the conclusion of 15 rounds of high tempo
action, Duran was awarded a unanimous decision victory with scores of 146-144, 145-144, and
148-147. Roberto Duran had just become the new WBC
welterweight champion. Leonard had an immediate rematch with Duran
on November 25th, 1980. This time around Leonard was using more lateral
movement and utilizing more ring space. Leonard was dancing around and he was effectively
able to stick and move while keeping things on the outside. Leonard was the one dictating the terms of
the rematch, and Duran was having a difficult time closing the distance. In round 8 a frustrated Duran informed referee
Octavio Meyran that he did not wish to continue. The fight was over, and Sugar Ray Leonard
had just reclaimed the WBC welterweight championship, making him a two-time welterweight champion. Leonard made the first defense in his second
reign as welterweight champion when he squared off against challenger Larry Bonds on March
28th, 1981. Leonard played the role of the aggressor against
his southpaw challenger and he was in control of the action. Leonard dropped Bonds in round 4 and once
again in round 10. Bonds made it to his feet and tried battling
on, but Ray’s follow-up attack prompted referee Arthur Mercante to wave it off. It was a 10th round technical knockout for
Leonard. On June 25th, 1981, Leonard moved up to 154
where he challenged undefeated WBA junior middleweight champion Ayub Kalule. Leonard took command of the action early on,
but Kalule started coming on a bit stronger during the middle portions of the scheduled
15 rounder. With just seconds remaining in round 9, Leonard
unleashed a monster assault that sent Kalule down. Kalule made it to his feet, but referee Carlos
Berrocal didn’t like what he saw and he waved it off. It was a 9th round technical knockout, and
Sugar Ray Leonard had just become the new WBA junior middleweight world champion, marking
him as a two-division world champion. Leonard moved back down to 147 when he made
the second defense of his WBC welterweight title on September 16th, 1981 when he squared
off against WBA welterweight champion Thomas Hearns. This was a unification bout for the undisputed
welterweight championship. Early in the contest Hearns was patiently
pressing forward behind a long piston-like jab, and Leonard was using movement to try
and create angles. But Leonard was having difficulty dealing
with the long range jab of The Motor City Cobra. Leonard broke through in round 6 and he rocked
Hearns with a left hook. The momentum had shifted in Leonard’s favor,
and over the next few rounds, the earlier trend in the fight had been completely reversed. Now it was Leonard doing the stalking, and
Hearns bouncing around and and using movement to stay out of reach. Hearns re-seized command of the momentum during
the later rounds but in round 13 Leonard came on strong and he dropped Hearns. The Hitman bravely battled on, but in the
14th round, a relentless barrage from Ray prompted referee Davey Pearl to call it off. It was a 14th round technical knockout, and
Sugar Ray Leonard had become the new undisputed WBC/WBA welterweight champion of the world. Leonard made the third defense of his welterweight
championship on February 15th, 1982 when he faced challenger Bruce Finch. Leonard dropped Finch with a booming right
hand in round 2. Finch beat the count, and Leonard soon had
him down again. Finch survived the rest of the round, but
in the 3rd round Leonard knocked him down yet again. Finch again beat the count, but referee Mills
Lane waved it off. It was a 3rd round technical knockout for
Sugar Ray Leonard, in what ultimately turned out to be his third and final defense of his
welterweight championship. Leonard’s next championship bout happened
on April 6th, 1987 when he challenged middleweight world champion �Marvelous’ Marvin Hagler. This was a tactical match-up and Leonard got
off to a fast start as he was looking to patiently score from the outside. Hagler started fighting more effectively during
the middle portions of the contest when he was doing a much better job closing the distance. Things remained close and competitive during
the later portions of the fight, where each boxer was having his moments. At the conclusion of round 12, both boxers
optimistically raised their hands in triumph. When the final verdict was announced it was
a split decision where one judge scored it 115-113 for Hagler, overruled by the other
two judges who both had it for Leonard 115-113 and 118-110. Sugar Ray Leonard had just become the new
WBC middleweight world champion, which provided Ray with the distinction of being a 3-division
world champion. On November 7th, 1988 Leonard moved up and
challenged WBC light heavyweight champion Donny Lalonde. This contest took place at 168 pounds where
the newly formed vacant WBC super middleweight title was on the line along with Lalonde’s
light heavyweight belt. Lalonde landed a heavy right hand that dropped
Leonard in round 4. And Leonard had some difficulty coping with
Lalonde’s size and awkwardness. In round 9 Lalonde appeared to have Leonard
in trouble again, but suddenly Ray started attacking and he dropped Lalonde with a terrific
left hook. Lalonde made it to his feet, and cool as an
assassin, Leonard soon had him down again and referee Richard Steele had seen enough. It was a 9th round technical knockout, and
Sugar Ray Leonard had just become the new WBC super middleweight and light heavyweight
world champion. This made Ray a five-division world champion. Leonard defended the WBC super middleweight
championship on June 12th, 1989 when he had a long-awaited rematch against Tommy �The
Hitman’ Hearns. The rematch happened 21 pounds north of where
they first met nearly eight years earlier, but it still had a similar flow of tactics. Hearns dropped Leonard with a strong right
hand in the 3rd round, and from that point there were a lot of shifts in momentum where
each boxer was having spots of success. In round 11, Hearns unloaded a series of well-placed
booming right hands that sent Leonard down for the second time in the contest. But Leonard persevered and he came back strong
and was doing better work down the final stretch. At the end of 12 rounds of action, one judge
had it 113-112 for Hearns, one judge had it 113-112 for Leonard, and the final judge had
it a draw at 112 apiece. So the contest was officially ruled a draw
and Ray retained his title. Leonard made the second defense of his WBC
super middleweight crown on December 7th, 1989 when he had a rubber match against Roberto
Duran at a contracted catchweight of 162. Leonard took command of the action early and
basically never looked back. Leonard utilized good lateral movement to
control the range and Sugar Ray was able to expertly neutralize Duran throughout most
of the twelve round contest. Leonard was awarded a unanimous decision victory
with final scores of 116-111, 120-110, and 119-109. Leonard’s next championship fight happened
on February 9th, 1991 when he challenged WBC junior middleweight champion �Terrible’
Terry Norris. Leonard had a lot of problems dealing with
the youth, the skills, and the quickness of Norris. Leonard was dropped by a left hook in round
2, and he was dropped again by a right hand in round 7. Despite being outclassed by his younger foe,
Sugar Ray’s will remained strong and he made it to the final bell. Norris was awarded a unanimous decision with
scores of 116-110, 120-104, and 119-103. For Sugar Ray Leonard, this wound up being
the last championship contest during his long and illustrious Hall of Fame career. In conclusion, with regards to championship
contests: At welterweight Leonard had 6 victories and
1 defeat, with all 6 wins coming by way of knockout. At junior middleweight Leonard had 1 victory
and 1 defeat, with the lone victory coming by knockout. At middleweight Leonard had 1 victory, that
by decision. At super middleweight Leonard had 2 victories,
0 defeats, and a draw with 1 win coming by way of knockout. And at light heavyweight Leonard had 1 victory
by stoppage. So the final championship record for Sugar
Ray Leonard consisted of 13 contests, with 10 victories, 2 defeats, 1 draw, and 8 victories
coming by way of knockout. Thanks for watching everyone! Hope you enjoyed, and have a wonderful night. This is Rummy’s Corner.

Comments (100)

  1. It doesn't matter who you thought won the Leonard vs Hagler fight what can't be disputed is the Judge that scored it 118-110 for Leonard. He must be blind or corrupt no way can you say Hagler only won 2 rounds. Sadly the judge in question Jojo Guerra was only judging the fight due to Hagler's camp objecting to Englishman Harry Gibbs being named as the original judge. They said "We don't want no Englishman give us a Mexican" as they say in life, be careful what you wish for.

  2. Love waking up to new Rummy!

  3. "Deys es rummes cowna"

  4. Top 3 welterweight of all time, along with Armstrong and Sugar Ray Robinson.

  5. Rummy corner might be my favorite page on youtube

  6. Rumsfeld! Do your list of British fighters. P4P brits of a all time / last 20 years etc.

  7. Joe Calzaghe vs Andre Ward prime for prime?

  8. Ray looks like Floyd looks like Haney. Hmmm.

  9. IMO Leonard is the greatest p4p fighter of all time. He was much faster and skilled than Robinson, although with a bit less power, but he made up for it with a more elusive style and blinding speed and combinations. He had an amazing understanding of boxing offensively and defensively and even beat Tommy Hearns in his prime. He also had a great chin. And his resume is top notch too. Best Welter of all time and best fighter of all time.

  10. Beautiful work on this Sugar Ray video. Thanks Rummys Corner for your dedication to real world analysis and stats when it comes to the information in the videos you create.

  11. Could you please do a Julio cesar chavez championship profile.

  12. My man Rummy! Love the videos!

  13. Thats how a Champion does it.
    he fought everybody .. well except Arron Prior.. but thats just

  14. Always a great job Rummy. People today don’t realize how great SRL was.

  15. We really need more boxing analysts/commentators like rummy. There aren’t enough good ones on YouTube

  16. Hagler won that fight!

  17. I don't think Ray could beat Floyd if they fought in their 30s

  18. Never beat Hagler….

  19. This was awesome, thanks Rummy! Can you do a Complete Championship Profile or Career Highlight for Evander Holyfield?

  20. Rummys corner ALWAYS THE BEST

  21. 4:44 When I try to do a front-flip! ??

  22. Best Welterweight of all time imo love the video

  23. Another great boxing video.

  24. As always… excellent.

  25. To be undisputed, I was always taught that you needed three of the four belts ?!.

  26. Great vid Rummy … Thanks for the review ?

  27. 11:30 How was that not a DQ!? Great video Rummy

  28. Woke up. Not feeling to good. Getting a cold. Sniffles….. Rummy uploads!!! The hero!

  29. Will you do a video on Khaosai Galaxy?

  30. 12:52 Doesn't Sugar Ray have 11W's and 9KO's in championship fights or does the LaLonde fight give a false stat to the record?

  31. How do u win the 175 belt at 168 ?

  32. Ray's accuracy was uncanny.

  33. Duran had to come down from 200 pounds to 147 but that win is still legit

  34. so many vids lately. thank you!

  35. When I think of legendary boxers I would hate to fight , for some reason I always think of Marvin hagler and Tyson

  36. Man I love your channel. Hands down one of the best Boxing Channels on YT. Top 3

  37. The only problem I have is that they recorded his fight with Lelonde as a title fight toward his light heavyweight record. He never fought at that weight. Even though Lelonde put his title on the line.

  38. Another masterpiece.

  39. One hell of a Job Rummy your one of the greats with this boxing stuff. Can i request a Pernell Sweat Pea Whittaker championship profile?? The people need to be educated on his greatness Rummy please bless us

  40. Another great video

  41. Man there were very few easy fights back in the day, the best just fought the best.

  42. Where the heavyweight tournament at ?

  43. If you want sensationalism/fake news and personal agendas, go to other YouTube channel. If you want to learn about boxing past and present? Its Rummy’s corner. ?

  44. please do the late great Pernell Sweat Pea Whittaker one of the greatest P4P of all time

  45. Only one of those fights were not televised…. Leonard -Hearns … which in my area was shown at the local arena.. the only other fight I remember that you had to pay for was Ali-Frazier 1.

  46. Always a blessing seeing a new Rummy’s video – my favorite boxing channel. Keep up the great work!

  47. I always loved to watch Sugar Ray. He had almost perfect boxing. Speed, footwork, lighting fast combinations, great jab, good guard. He always looked good when he boxed. Slick, sharp, cool and good stance at the same time. High class.

  48. Wait… no rehydration clauses , no made up titles , no made up weight classes and no abundance of ridiculous score cards and controversial wins? So you’re telling me you can be a champion and make history without all these crazy stipulations ????

  49. 9:03 that knockout was absolutely brutal


  51. Hi Rummy
    I am from Sheffield in England and we had some great boxers come from here.
    How about making some videos about Herol Graham
    , Kell Brook
    , Brendan Ingle
    and Naseem Hamed

  52. I am so mad I haven't got notifications lately. It's been months I am glad I search you up and change the notification settings.. glad u still in business

  53. I have a request Rummy. Could you do a video on Michael Carbajal? I really enjoy all of your content and I know you will do a great job re-capping his career

  54. One of, if not, the best finishers of all time. When Leonard had his opponent hurt he would swarm them for the kill. De La Hoya was a great finisher as well. But SRL was a step above. When he went in for the finish people didn't survive.

  55. insta liked for rummy

  56. Rummy you know ive been one of your 1st subs and i just wanna say from across the pond mate that your chanel is AMAZING ??? every upload i LOVE. You are same generation ruffly as myself and i share your views on 99% of your opinions when it comes to our beloved noble sport that has affected both our lives in such a positive way.
    God bless you Brother ❤

  57. You know what I love your work Rummy but Sugar Ray was a ducker – He wouldn't dare get into the ring with a prime Hagler. I rewatched the fight not two days ago and still score it 118-110 Hagler. Also would you ever consider doing a video on Prince Naseem Hamed just for your British fans?

  58. do one for roy jones jr

  59. Wait a second… 118-110!? what fight was that judge watching?

  60. Rummy … well edited and narrated video ….. can you do the same for Roberto Duran , other than his bouts with the other 'fab three' i know little about his career …. Thanks Rummy you provide a valuable service on YouTube … ps Ruiz vs Joshua II !!! ??

  61. Lovely to see that you also focus on fighter from past generations!!! SRL is my personal top 3 favourite fighters of all time so gotta love this video!

  62. he lost to hearns the second time, and lost to hagler.
    hagler though also won against hearns, duran and mugabi
    marvin hagler is the best, and will always be the best in that era

  63. I would love to see you do a segment on

  64. I can’t accept how Leonard won a lhw tittle without fighting at that weight or a cw they just gave him that belt

  65. Not since the late great historian Bert Randolph sugar has there been anyone as superb as rummy. FACTS

  66. Do marvin hagler next

  67. Fuck I love this channel

  68. What kind of accent has Rummy??

  69. Where’s the fight against Bonaduce?

  70. @2:45 the fight wasn't as close as the weighted cards show. Duran nearly put SRL out early and later on in the fight. It's why SRL felt the need to engage in a war because he didn't want to appear to run scared after getting hurt. But obviously no one back then could brawl with Duran.

    More interesting fight is his fight with Mayweather Sr. SRL is the much bigger man but has to wait until Mayweather tires to attack him. He technically didn't stop him but rather waved the ref over and made him stop the fight. That's how much of an A side SRL was back then. More importantly, go watch the actual fight.

    I was surprised to see this buy Floyd sr was faster than him. At 60+ Floyd's hands are fast and perhaps faster than Jr's but it speaks volumes that a guy with only two-weeks notice was faster than SRL in his prime. I think Zudah, Paq and Floyd might've been too fast for SRL. Hell even Sweetpea might've proven to fast for him.

  71. And not for nothing. Many of Ray's "ko's" were the refs calling off the fight when the opponent was hurt. In his book Ray mentions it was a tactic he learned. To throw flurries on a guy when he was hurt and then look to the ref and wave him over like "you better get over here and do your job." Man was brilliant.

  72. i had a feeling that you gonna a do a video on what next for aj after he win

  73. Why the fuck didnt you show him getting his ass whooped by Hector????

  74. That math didn’t add up when you looked at the list, and added the numbers.

    They summed it up at 10 wins but I see 11 wins.

    W. L. D
    147 (6). 147 (1). 168 (1)
    154 (1). 154 (1)
    160 (1)
    168 (2)
    175 (1)
    ———— ———- ————
    Wins 11. Lost 2. Draw 1

    Additionally Leonard was awarded the draw at 168 against Hearns in that second fight. Almost everybody I know believes Sugar got a sweetheart deal there.

  75. I hesitate to give Leonard the tag of Great Fighter with him ducking Mike McCallum and Aaron Pryor. Plus I feel he lost that Hagler fight with that gimmick "30" bullshit.

  76. Rummy do one on Julio Cesar Chavez

  77. make an Ali complete championship profile! great videos btw

  78. My favorite boxing channel in YouTube. Keep doing what you're doing Rummy.

  79. One of the top 3 best pound for pound boxers of all time.

  80. 1:32 damn that left hook wasn’t just mean, it was maybe the single most brutal punch of Ray’s career

  81. Does Rummy analyze boxing professionally?

  82. Ray was DEATHLY AFRAID of Aaron Pryor #hawktime

  83. Sugar Ray is my all time favorite boxer. (Roy Jones Jr close 2nd). So I was pumped to see this video in my feed today. Thanks Rummy!!

  84. I like the champ profiles. Keep em up

  85. Hey man. I absolutely love your videos especially about the heavyweight class. You can thank Ruiz for me coming across your channel. Very much looking forward to your breakdown of Ruiz vs Joshua part 2!

  86. Thanks for another great video Rummy!

  87. Prime SRL beats mayweather jr…
    Mullet alert 8:34?

  88. Rummy excellence as usual. But who would fight a prime Duran in a small ring? A monster. Of course, Ray then demanded a large ring against the Marvellous One and robbed Hagler of his title…

  89. I put hagler over Leonard at middlweight but Leonard is definitely one of the best welterweights ever I think prime sugar ray beats Mayweather on points or knockout real boxing fans can see it casuals don't know shit about boxing

  90. 118-110 is criminal

  91. Next up, Thomas “Hitman” Hearns?

  92. Leonard beat all the best of the time. Benitez, Duran, Hearns, and Hagler. All hall of fame fighters which to me puts him in the top 15 pound for pound best.

  93. Very, very good?? Merci !

  94. I take nothing away from Ray. He's a true champion in my book, even tho he lost(in my opinion) the fight with Hagler. His first fight with Duran is still one of the greats!

  95. Great video thank you

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