THE legendary ‘Sugar’ Ray Leonard will be the star attraction at a sportsmen’s dinner at Vauxhall Motors Sports and Social Club in October.
The event is hosted by Vauxhall Motors ABC and will be an opportunity for boxing fans to meet one of the sport’s greatest talents.
After winning Olympic gold in 1976, Sugar Ray turned professional, aged 20, to help pay his father’s medical bills.
He became the first fighter to win world titles in five weight divisions – welterweight, junior middleweight, middleweight, super middleweight and light heavyweight – and lists Roberto Duran, Thomas Hearns and Marvin Hagler among his victims.
Twice Ring Magazine fighter of the year, inheriting the title from Muhammad Ali in 1979 and from Hearns in 1981, Sugar Ray retired from boxing for the fourth and final time in 1997, when he was inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame.
He has fronted the US TV series The Contender, originally alongside Sylvester Stallone, in a reality TV show which offered journeyman boxers the chance to revitalise their careers.
There he coached Peter Manfredo Jr, who went on to become one of Joe Calzaghe’s more recent victims.
Sugar Ray will speak at the dinner, where there will also be a comedian, on Sunday, October 4 at 12.30pm. Tickets are £50 each and are expected to go quickly To book tickets contact 07971 476605.