Ray Charles Leonard (born May 17, 1956) is a retired American
professional boxer. He was one of the leading boxers in the world
in the late 1970s and 1980s, winning world titles at multiple
weights and engaging in contests with such celebrated opponents as
Wilfred Benitez, Thomas Hearns, Roberto Duran and Marvin Hagler. He
was named after singing legend Ray Charles. Leonard was given the
nickname "Sugar" by one of his amateur coaches in his hometown of
Palmer Park, Maryland.
In November 1982 and 1991 he announced his retirement. Leonard
was inactive in 1990, but came back in February 1991 to fight.
Leonard was down twice and lost. He once again announced his
retirement. In 1997, at 40, he launched his final boxing comeback.
Years past his prime, Leonard was easily stopped by Hector 'Macho'
Camacho in 5 rounds. This defeat was finally enough for him, and he
has not fought since. Later that year, he was inducted into the
International Boxing Hall Of Fame.