With an approximate net worth of more than $140 million USD in the year 2017, Sugar Ray Leonard is one of the top of the line former veteran professional boxer. He is a legendary sports icon in the 20th century, who best known for his remarkable career in boxing with an image of champion. He also portrayal as an occasional actor in several TV shows as well as in movies and sometime as a powerful motivational speaker in different-different platforms, due to which he has hefty net worth.
Sugar Ray Leonard Biography
Ray Charles Leonard born on 17 May 1956 best known for his professional name “Sugar” Ray Leonard is an American native, who was born and grew up in Wilmington, North Carolina, U.S. He is one of the legendry player in boxing sports where he gains numerous achievements. He dreamed to become a professional boxer in early age of schooling, attended Parkdale High School and started professional career in 1977. He competes in boxing ring for more than 20 years from 1977 to 1997 and won world titles in five weight divisions.
Leonard got married with his high school love Juanita Wilkinson, in the year 1980 and got two son Ray Jr. and Jarrell but unfortunately got separated in 1990 due to some critical issues. In 1989, Leonard was met to Bernadette Robi in a concert where they fall in love with each other and in August 1993 they were married in Pacific Palisades, California. On June 7, 2011, he published his autobiography entitled “THE BIG FIGHT: My Life In and Out of the Ring” which got huge response from his fans. Currently, Leonard has four children and lives in Southern California with his wife Bernadette.
Sugar Ray Leonard started his career in early age as a professional boxer, having learned to box at the age of fourteen, Leonard’s illustrious career includes three National Golden Gloves titles, two Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) championships and the 1975 Pan-American Games crown. After winning a gold medal in boxing at the 1976 Olympic Games, Leonard turned as professional boxer to help his family which is suffering from financial crisis due to father’s illness.
In 1977, with start of his professional boxing career at the age of twenty, Leonard won his first professional fight. Blinding speed, tremendous power and great charm turned Leonard into an immediate media attention and the late Howard Cosell called him as the “new Muhammed Ali.” He went on to defeat some of the finest boxers of the modern era which includes Wilfred Benetiz, Roberto Duran, Thomas Hearns and Marvin Hagler. Leonard competes in five different weight such as Welterweight, Light middleweight, Middleweight, Super middleweight, and Light heavyweight in his twenty year old professional career.
He was entitled as the first boxer to win world titles in five different weight classes. Leonard got retired from professional boxing in 1997 with Professional record summary include 40 fight in which he won 36 and losses just 3 and one fight got draw. Leonard also portrayal in several episode of show “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” and also include on the hit ABC series, “Dancing with the Stars”.
Sugar Ray Leonard got numerous awards and honors in his professional boxing career. In his early boxing career successfully won several titles in several categories. Leonard is an Olympic Gold medal winner in 1976. According to The Ring magazine, he is Fighter of the Year in 1979 and 1981, while according to the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA), he is Fighter of the Year in 1976, 1979, and 1981.
Sugar Ray Leonard Net Worth and Income Profile in 2017
With a very healthy professional boxing career, Leonard is currently one of the richest veteran professional boxer across the world. After retiring from professional boxing he turned to a motivational, inspirational speaker which gain his lot of popularity and help in increasing his net worth. Leonard also portrayal in several TV shows as well as in movies which also contribute in his net worth. Currently, he is doing charitable activities and, he is having estimated net worth of more than $140 million US dollars as of 2017.
Sugar Ray Leonard is one of the marvelous boxer of 20th century and currently serves audiences through the sport of boxing, fitness and philanthropy and also founded Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation, which helps fight diabetes and child obesity. He also participates in and speaks on a variety of national and international causes benefiting children’s charities. He is connected with fans through his online community .